Skyline Coach Ashley Mantha had a message for her team before Wednesday’s Regional championship at Polo Fields Country Club.
“As a reminder, every score and every stroke counts,” she said.
Mantha wasn’t kidding. The Eagles fired a team score of 311 to finish first overall at Regionals and advance to the state finals on June 8-9 at Grand Valley State’s Meadows GC. Skyline’s final number was just four strokes better than runner-up Pioneer (315). Yes, every score and every stroke counts.
Plymouth was third overall with a 328 score in the 19-team Regional field. The top three teams advance to the state finals. Saline, which shot 331, missed going to the states by just three strokes.
The state finals will feature 18 teams and 18 individuals for a total of 108 golfers teeing it up at Grand Valley State.
This is the second time Skyline has been crowned Regional Champions. The Eagles also won the tournament in 2014. This will be Skyline’s fourth trip to the state finals.
“We never give up and grind through the tough holes,” said Mantha.
The Eagles had three golfers break 80 on Wednesday. Cameron Cowland led the way with a tournament-best 72. Shaunak Bhagat fired a 77 and Vimal Alokam shot a 79. Evan Griffith fired an 83 and Beau Chicoine shot an 88 for the Regional champs.
The Pioneers had two players break 80: Xavier Lee (75) and Colin Flanders (77). Edward Shen fired an 81, Kailas Whitelocke shot an 82 and Davis DeRosia shot a 94 for the Pioneers.
Huron fired a team score of 361 and placed eighth overall. William Chung shot an 85 to lead the River Rats. Also on the scorecard for Huron were Julius Stuhec (88), Carl Innes (93), Jack Harrison (95) and Peter Hagan (98).
The top individual golfer from a team that didn’t qualify for states was Livonia Franklin’s Jacob Kenward with a 73. Franklin’s Brandon Tirador and Saline’s Jack Woods each shot 80. The top three golfers from teams that don’t qualify for states also make the state tournament field.