Top Oakland County golf teams battle for bragging rights

Catholic Central wins second straight title

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 18, 2016

 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Bryce Baringer hits a putt at the county tournament. The Fighting Irish finished third.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Bryce Baringer hits a putt at the county tournament. The Fighting Irish finished third.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

PONTIAC — Novi Detroit Catholic Central showed why it’s the top ranked golf team in the state.

The Shamrocks won their second straight Oakland County Tournament with a team-total 290 May 18 at Pontiac Country Club.

“It’s a confidence booster every time you win a tournament and motivates us to do better,” Catholic Central’s James Piot said.

Piot took medalist honors with a 2-under 70 in his first time playing at Pontiac Country Club.

He credited his putting for going low, noting a 5-foot putt he sunk on the fourth hole to get under par for the first time.

“It’s a tricky course with some tricky tee shots. I played it pretty well, I guess,” he said.

Rochester High’s Michael Busse finished second with 71. Bloomfield Hills High’s Gran Haefner was third, shooting even. In all, 14 golfers shot 75 or better.

Bloomfield Hills had its best finish in the county tournament, taking second with a 303.

“There’s still work to be done, but this gives us a lot of confidence heading into districts, but the big thing is the regional and getting to the state final,” Bloomfield Hills coach Dave Barrett said.

The coach added he was pleased with his team’s resiliency.

“There hasn’t been one guy that has given up on his round all year. They continue to keep clawing and battling,” he said.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep finished third with 312, Clarkston High was fourth with 313 and Birmingham Brother Rice rounded out the top five with 317.

The rest of the field included Rochester High (318), Rochester Adams (318), Birmingham Seaholm (318), Troy High (321), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (322), Lakeland High (323), Novi High (325), Troy Athens (327), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (331), Berkley High (332), Farmington High (334), Lake Orion High (335), Auburn Hills Avondale (341), Oxford High (342), Walled Lake Central (345), North Farmington (347), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (353), Holly High (354) and South Lyon High (376).