Troy High golf with early lead

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published April 20, 2016

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TROY — Troy High golf coach John Getzan admits he was pleasantly surprised.

The Colts took top honors in the first of six Oakland Activities Association Red Division tournaments April 15 just outside of Dayton, Ohio.

The Red tournament was played in conjunction with a larger two-day event.

The Colts finished with a team-total 306, a stroke ahead of second-place Clarkston High.

“I was going into the season not really sure about the team because we lost such a great player (four-year starter Manak Singh to graduation),” Getzan said.

Instead of one golfer, a power trio leads the Colts. In the tournament, senior Ryan Parker shot 72 and junior Trevor Davis and senior Daniel Weber each carded 73. Getzan added that the No. 4 position is still up for grabs among a handful of players.

“My one, two and three players, it really showed how hard they worked in the offseason. They’ve all improved and, at this point,  have exceeded my expectations,” the coach said.

Getzan said Parker holds the No. 1 spot and noted that his work ethic has proven to be a difference.

“He’s gotten better every year. He had a great summer last year, and he’s just a real, real hard worker,” the coach said.

Davis is in his second year on varsity and is No. 2.

“He’s improved as much as anyone in that group,” Getzan said. “He’s just hard working and has a love for the game.”

Getzan added that Weber didn’t take up the sport until after his freshman year, and the No. 3 player has improved by leaps and bounds.

“He has great hands and instincts for the game,” Getzan said. “He just needs more experience.”

There is still a lot of golf left in the Red Division. The Colts battled Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills High, Rochester Adams, Lake Orion High and Rochester High in a tournament April 20, after press time.

“As I looked at the season, I thought we would fall in the middle somewhere, and we still could, because Bloomfield, Rochester and Clarkston are so strong. … We might be one of the better leagues in the whole state,” Getzan said. “Realistically, I think we have to play extremely well in every event, because the competition is so good.

“I think we’ll do well. Do I think we’ll win it? We’re going to play every day and try.”

The Colts are also looking to get back to the state final at season’s end. Last season, Troy made it to the regional, but didn’t go any further. The Colts last qualified in 2012.

“We definitely showed what we’re capable of shooting; 306 is a great number,” Getzan said. “You put it together on the right day and anything can happen. I think we can be there.”

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