In a highly competitive high school golf regional, the Pioneers landed third and qualified for the State Finals next weekend on a cold and windy Thursday at Travis Pointe Country Club. The Pioneers played steady and strong to shoot a 385 which placed them in third and will move them on to compete at the state tournament next weekend.
The top three teams and three individuals move on from each Regional.
Northville, with three players among the top five, took first with a score of 326. Plymouth was second with 347 followed by the Pioneers. Skyline finished fourth with 388 – just three strokes for earning a state tee time – in the 12-team field. Salem was fifth (398), Bedford sixth (416) and Saline seventh (425).
Amaya Melendez not only led the Pioneers but led the tournament’s individual scorecard. Only a sophomore, Melendez fired a Regional-low score of 78. Northville’s Mariella Simoncini fired a 79 for second and teammate Sufna Gill fired an 80 to place third.
Rounding out the Pioneers’ scorecard were sophomore Jillian Giardano (96), junior Sooah Jung (99) and junior Olivia Lyle (112).
Skyline junior Nikki Lama fired an 89 and teammate Adie Maki shot a 90 as both Eagles landed in the individual qualifiers for the state finals. Maki really had to earn her tee time at the states. The freshman and Bedford’s Emma Mulder tied for third, which put them in a sudden death playoff and sent the golfers back to the first tee. “Adie kept her cool and won the playoff after one hole,” said Skyline Coach Ashley Mantha.
Others playing well for Skyline were junior Cammi Tirico (102), freshman Addy Meadows (107) and sophomore Alison Marshall (107).
Huron had only two players on the scorecard. Junior Karli Messer fired a 96 while senior Joann Cho carded a 112.
There will be 18 teams and 18 individuals at the state tournament next Friday (19th) and Saturday (20th) at Bedford Valley GC.