Fieldstone Golf Club is set to host the Oakland County Division 1 girls golf tournament Sept. 30. Players can expect fast greens and plenty of wooded areas as they battle the course.

Fieldstone Golf Club is set to host the Oakland County Division 1 girls golf tournament Sept. 30. Players can expect fast greens and plenty of wooded areas as they battle the course.

Photo by Jacob Herbert

Top golfers in Oakland County set to meet at Fieldstone Golf Club

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published September 17, 2020


OAKLAND COUNTY — As it does every year, the field at the Oakland County Division 1 girls golf tournament features the best prep golfers the county has to offer. When they tee off at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills, fans, coaches and players can expect to witness an atmosphere close to that of the regional and state final tournaments.

In last year’s tournament, South Lyon High (349) was able to hold off Rochester Adams (350) and Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (350) to claim the crown by one stroke. Rounding out the top five last year was Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (356) and Troy High (357).

Just as it is every year, Country Day coach Dan Luft looks forward to the intense competition.

“My players and I know that, when we’re playing in that event, we’re playing the best competition in Oakland County,” Luft said. “So we always look at it as a bit of a tune up. Even though we’re a Division 3 school, we think it’s great that we’re able to play the higher division schools. It’s prep for us before getting into regionals.”

Country Day will play with a team consisting of three freshmen at Fieldstone.

In years prior, teams sent five golfers onto the course and counted the best four scores. This year will be a little different, as the Michigan High School Athletic Association has limited the field in order to better protect golfers from the spread of COVID-19. The MHSAA return-to-play guidelines only allow 72 golfers at an 18-hole site.

Teams will only send out four golfers from each school, and all four scores will be counted toward the team total.

Not only does the amount of high-quality competition provide intrigue for a team to compete, it also acts as a way to compare your team to others before you’re immersed in playoff golf. Regional tournaments are set to start Oct. 5.

“This tournament has all the tough teams in it, so it gives you that experience of playing the best,” Rochester Adams coach Jeff Kutschman said. “That’s what you want because it measures yourself against the competition before going into the regionals.”

Kutschman said his team this year is filled with all level-headed individuals. The coach doesn’t have to rely on one golfer to turn in a low score, because everyone in the lineup has shown they are capable of doing it themselves.

Aside from winning a state or regional title, winning the Oakland County D-1 tournament is something that all coaches in the county strive for.

“Winning a D-1 Oakland County Tournament is a feather in any coach’s cap,” Troy Athens coach Dan Cooper said. “This is right up there with winning a regional. It’s just huge because the competition is so great. There are so many good teams in Oakland County.”

Sophomore Olivia Hemmila will help lead the charge for Athens. Hemmila was named First Team All-State as a freshman. She shot a 67 at the D-2 Oakland County tournament Sept. 2 at the Links at Crystal Lake. The Red Hawks won the tournament, which gained them entry into the D-1 field.

Pontiac Country Club has traditionally played hosed to the county tournament. Luft expects scores to be higher than they normal with the move to Fieldstone.

“I think, overall, it’s probably a little bit more of a challenge of a course for what we’re used to playing,” the Country Day coach said. “It’s definitely a more challenging course — there’s a lot more wooded area.”