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GIRLS GOLF: Titan-sized upset: Traverse City West upsets top-ranked Rochester on tiebreaker for first state title

| October 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT

SENIOR EDITOR

dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com

Twitter: @LocalSportsFans

ALLENDALE — Out of nowhere.

Sounds more like a song or movie title.

It’s also the perception that Traverse City West left on the field at the Lower Peninsula Division 1 state finals at The Meadows Golf Course as an unranked school.

The Titans also reemphasized the fact that in team golf — every stroke counts.

Traverse City West captured its first ever state title in girls golf, edging top-ranked Rochester on a fifth-man tie-breaker in Saturday’s second round played under blustery and windy conditions and with temps in the high 30s.

West shot 685 (348-337) and Rochester also compiled an 685 (443-342). The Titans’ No. 5 golfer, Grace Warren, shot a second round 99 which was 18 strokes better than Rochester’s No. 5 golfer.

Freshman Anika Dy (156) led TC West. Hunter Kehoe (167), Grace Ellul (175), Madeline McCall (190) and Warren (193) all competed for the Titans.

“To be honest, I was thinking that we might be able to squeak into the top five. I would have been ecstatic with that,” noted TC West coach Kristen Nolan, whose team still won eight tournaments with a runner-up this season. “To come in here and win it after not being ranked is incredible. We don’t have any seniors (in our top five). The girls just came here and played solid golf in the conditions and we ended up winning. I didn’t expect that.

“We did end up winning six tournaments in a row, finished second in one, than won our regional and now the state finals,” added Nolan. “Not sure why we weren’t ranked. I do think the cold weather actually helped us. I know our girls are more likely to have to play in the rain, sleet or even snow compared to the (downstate) schools throughout the year. I think some of them have gone through this before.”

Veronica Haque (160), Brooke Busse (170), Erika Yang (173) and Keri Yang (182) were Rochester’s two-day scorers. The Falcons’ Achilees Heel of not having a No. 5 golfer capable of breaking 100 proved to be costly on the season’s final day.

“It’s tough — so close,” said Rochester coach Jeff Haney, who has seen his program win three titles with three state runner-up trophies in the past 13 school years. The Falcons have posted 16 top-10 finishes in two decades with titles in 2002, 2008 and 2009 with runners-up in 2005, 2007 and 2015.

“I’m very proud of the girls. We missed qualifying by two strokes last season and to come in here without any state finals experience except for Veronica Haque and coming within a stroke is still very good,” continued Haney. “We battled and battled the conditions and we took it to the wire. But we don’t have any seniors on our entire team and we do have a good player coming up (from middle school). Most of the top 10 teams are bringing most of their team back next year. It’s going to be great for girls golf next year.”

Bloomfield Hills, ranked fifth, finished a close third at 692, only seven strokes from the lead, while Troy (695), Novi (695), Saline (697), Lake Orin (700), Farmington Hills Mercy (700), Brighton (713) and Ann Arbor Pioneer (717) rounded out the top 10 in the 15-school field.

Individually, Brighton junior Julia Dean came back from an 82 in Friday’s first round and fired a weekend-best 73 in the second round, good enough for a 155 to win medalist honors by a stroke over the aforementioned Anika Dy of Traverse City West (156).

Lauren Ingle of Rochester Stoney Creek and Lake Orion’s Moyea Russell both finished three strokes back at 158, while Rochester’s Haque (160), Saline’s Samantha Kellstrom (160), North Farmington;s Alana Jones (164), Davison’s Kamryn Johnston (164), Novi’s Alexa Hatz (164), Granc Blanc’s Cammi Lucia (165) and Ann Arbor Pioneer’s Katie Mina Lee (165) rounded out the top 10 medalists.

Dean actually took her classes on-line the past two years, but moved to a more traditional school setting this season and joined Brighton’s team. She said that staying calm and keeping a strong mindset in the rough conditions paid dividends in the end.

“I just tried not to get caught up in the moment, remained focused and just went out there and played my game. I just tried to take it one shot at a time,” said Dean, who spent the past two years competing on the AJGA circuit during the high school season. “I just wanted to go out and play my best and see what happened. I ended up having a really good score today and it helped me win.”

Dean birdied the ninth, 14th and 18th holes and never shot below a bogey.

“I think the difference (Saturday) was my putting. Yesterday my putting was a little off,” added Dean. “My goal (Saturday) was to try to relax a little on my putting and I was able to shoot a lot better.”

2015 MHSAA L.P. DIVISION 1 STATE FINALS

(Oct. 16-17 at The Meadows Golf Course, Allendale, par 72)

TEAM STANDINGS — 1. Traverse City West, 348-337-685*: 2. Rochester, 343-342-685; 3. Bloomfield Hills, 345-347-692; 4. Troy, 356-339-695; 5. Novi, 356-339-695; 6. Saline, 353-344-697; 7. (tie) Lake Orion, 346-354-700; Farmington Hills Mercy, 358-342-700; 9. Brighton, 359-354-713; 10. Ann Arbor Pioneer, 360-357-717; 11. Davison, 359-364-723; 12. Plymouth, 400-345-745; 13. Northville, 394-373-767; 14. Holt, 388-413-801; 15. Caledonia, 423-416-839.

NOTE — Traverse City West wins on fifth-man tie-breaker.

TOP INDIVIDUALS —  1. Julia Dean (Brighton) 82-73-155; 2. Anika Dy (Traverse City West) 79-77-156; 3. (tie) Lauren Ingle (Roch Stoney Creek) 82-76-158; Moyea Russell (Lake Orion) 77-81-158; 5. (tie) Veronica Haque (Rochester) 80-80-160; Samantha Kellstrom (Saline) 84-76-160; 7. (tie) Alana Jones (North Farmington) 86-78-164; Kamryn Johnston (Davison) 82-82- 164; Alexa Hatz (Novi) 77-87-164; 10. (tie) Cammi Lucia (Grand Blanc) 85-80-165; Katie Mina Lee (Ann Arbor Pioneer) 85-80-165.

Team-By-Team Results

(First Day – Second Day – Total)

Traverse City West – 348 – 337 – 685

Anika Dy – 79 – 77 – 156

Hunter Kehoe – 87 – 80 – 167

Grace Ellul – 88 – 87 – 175

Madeline McCall – 97 – 93 – 190

Grace Warren – 94 – 99 – 193

Rochester – 343 – 342 – 685

Veronica Haque – 80 – 80 – 160

Brooke Busse – 85 – 85 – 170

Erika Yang – 90 – 83 – 173

Keri Yang – 88 – 94 – 182

Maddie Arsenault / Tori Hakwins – 147 – 117

Bloomfield Hills – 345 – 347 – 692

Abbey Pierce – 85 – 83 – 168

Mikaela Schulz – 84 – 84 – 168

Lizzie Pierce – 84 – 91 – 175

Katherine Prina – 100 – 89 – 189

Amanda Bearden – 92 – 101 – 193

Troy – 356 – 339 – 695

Naomi Kim – 88 – 81 – 169

Jennifer Cui – 88 – 82 – 170

Sahiba Singh – 85 – 88 – 173

Rijul Maini – 95 – 88 – 183

Catherine Noonan – 110 – 132 – 242

Novi – 357 – 339 – 696

Alexa Hatz – 77 – 87 – 164

Abby Livingston – 93 – 79 – 172

Maya Grandstaff – 92 – 88 – 180

Lauren Henry – 95 – 85 – 180

Leah Kiura / Reike Fujiwara – 101 – 95 – 196

Saline – 353 – 344 – 697

Samantha Kellstrom – 84 – 76 – 160

Catherine Loftus – 84 – 88 – 172

Sydney Page – 90 – 89 – 179

Molly Pribble – 95 – 91 – 186

Stephanie Schick / Riley Salowich – 110 – 95

Lake Orion – 346 – 354 – 700

Moyea Russell – 77 – 81 – 158

Lauren Danielson – 90 – 87 – 177

Megan Miller – 85 – 94 – 179

Cameron Coltrin – 95 – 92 – 187

Lyndsey Welper – 97 – 94 – 191

Farmington Hills Mercy – 358 – 342 – 700

Lilly Blake – 87 – 83 – 170

Julia Shaw – 87 – 84 – 171

Marissa Lobbia – 92 – 87 – 179

Mia Sooch – 92 – 88 – 180

Sophie VanderWeele / Rachel Phillips – 109 –

Brighton – 359 – 354 – 713

Julia Dean – 82 – 73 – 155

Annie Pietila – 87 – 92 – 179

Heather Fortushniak – 94 – 90 – 184

Alexandra Erkkila – 96 – 99 – 195

Autumn Blaney – 100 – 99 – 199

 

Ann Arbor Pioneer – 360 – 357 – 717

Katie-mina Lee – 85 – 80 – 165

Anastassia Lee – 85 – 89 – 174

Jane Taylor – 93 – 91 – 184

Maria Yenkel – 97 – 97 – 194

Emily Argersinger – 98 – 103 – 201

Davison – 359 – 364 – 723

Kamryn Johnston – 82 – 82 – 164

Karsen Johnston – 91 – 84 – 175

Payton Steinhaus – 91 – 99 – 190

Shelbe Cahill – 95 – 99 – 194

Claire Stoddard / Evan Vandeputte – 113 –

 

Plymouth – 400 – 345 – 745

Ariana Strzalka – 97 – 88 – 185

Erin Johnson – 94 – 92 – 186

Alaina Strzalka – 100 – 88 – 188

Heather Muir – 109 – 90 – 199

Katie Chipman – DNF- 79 –

Northville – 394 – 373 – 767

Gabby Jaszczur – 95 – 89 – 184

Allison Zwarka – 107 – 89 – 196

Alyse Clevenger – 93 – 104 – 197

Jen Kowalczyk – 99 – 100 – 199

Paige Rosinski / Hannah Dygert – 119 – 95 –

Holt – 388 – 413 – 801

Ashley Folleth – 84 – 88 – 172

Lauren Sanford – 89 – 105 – 194

Kaylee Carpenter – 105 – 112 – 217

Alicia McElroy / Alaina McFarland – 112 –

Emily Sabrosky – 110 – 113 – 223

Caledonia – 423 – 416 – 839

Brittany Smith – 104 – 97 – 201

EllaGrace Mulnix – 101 – 104 – 205

Elise Poll – 105 – 107 – 212

Lindsay Murphy – 113 – 108 – 221

Megan Bolt – 118 – 113 – 231

Individual Qualifiers

(First Day – Second Day – Total)

Roch Hills Stoney Creek – Lauren Ingle – 82 – 76 – 158

North Farmington – Alana Jones – 86 – 78 – 164

Grand Blanc – Cammi Lucia – 85 – 80 – 165

Ann Arbor Skyline – Jami Laude – 86 – 82 – 168

Holland West Ottawa – Jessica Dubeau – 92 – 77 – 169

Clarkston – Meghan Deardorff – 83 – 87 – 170

Troy Athens – Shikha Jha – 84 – 89 – 173

East Kentwood – Mackenzie Keenoy – 91 – 83 – 174

Salem – Darby Scott – 87 – 87 – 174

Salem – Hope Warkoczeski – 88 – 87 – 175

Milford – Julia Stevenson – 92 – 85 – 177

Walled Lake Northern – Danielle Frank – 88 – 91 – 179

Hudsonville – Dakota Spears – 87 – 95 – 182

Dearborn – Grace Fiscelli – 91 – 92 – 183

Sterling Heights Stevenson – Brooke Symons – 98 – 92 – 190

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