BY DENNIS CHASE email@example.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — It was a record-setting day for Glen Lake in Thursday’s final round of the Lober Classic at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
The Lakers shot a 398 — the first round in school history under 400 — to place fifth in Division 2-4 with a two-day total of 804.
Freshman Nichole Cox shattered the school’s individual 18-hole record with a 75 on the Wolverine. She tied for third overall with a 159.
For Cox, no stranger to The Wolverine, her previous best on the course was an 87.
“All the girls played well,” Glen Lake coach Paul Christiansen said. “The conditions were better, not as windy, not as hot. I’m real excited for them. It was fun to watch. This is a great tournament. We needed to play against really good teams.”
Farmington Hills Mercy captured Division 1 with a two-day score of 704. Rochester, down 16 at the start of the day, made a run, finishing eight shots back at 712. Holt took third with a 734. The Rams had the tournament’s medalist as Pader Her put together rounds of 79 and 71 for a 150. Rochester freshman Veronica Haque shot a 70 Thursday to place second with a 157.
Despite solid rounds by Haque and Her, Rochester and Holt could not overtake Mercy.
“We didn’t play as well today as we did (Wednesday),” Mercy coach Vicky Kowalski said. “We had to hold things together and stave off those two teams behind us. I thought the girls did a good job of regrouping after some tough holes.
“We know down the road we have to get better if we want to contend for the Division 1 state title, but this definitely is a good start. We had steady play. That’s what I like.”
Traverse City West came in 10th with an 847. The Titans shot 423 on Spruce Run after posting a 424 on Wolverine. Many consider Spruce Run a tougher course.
“The girls did better than yesterday,” West coach Kristen Nolan said. “Our girls had a blast because we got to play with Central. Everyone went out and had fun and it definitely showed in their scores.”
Taylor Kehoe paced the Titans with a two-day score of 182. She dropped eight strokes Thursday, finishing with an 87. Hunter Kehoe fired a two-day 204, Grace Ellul a 219 and Summer Slack a 243.
Grand Rapids South Christian won Division 2-4 with a 751. Flint Powers took second with a 758 and Grosse Ile third with a 770. Grand Rapids Catholic Central edged Glen Lake for fourth, 803 to 804.
Cox savored her big day for the Lakers.
“I didn’t putt as well as I wanted, but my driver was really consistent,” she said. “I was driving about 240 yards each time. I played well overall.”
Nicole Pace added a 99 Thursday for a 202. Madison Hill ended at 215 and Skylar Gleason 229.
Traverse City Central came in 13th with an 864. Amelia Pezzetti carded an 84 to finish at 173. Zoe Sobeck scored a 215, Katie Trubec 224 and Ashley Hulet 252.
“Some shot better than yesterday and or were pretty close and thought they should have done better,” Central coach Lois McManus said. “When you go from The Wolverine to the Spruce that’s a huge difference. I think the Spruce is more difficult with the tighter fairways, the trees and ponds.”