ACME — Todd Hursey was feeling much better about his team’s performance Thursday after Suttons Bay claimed the Division 4 golf regional on the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Spruce Run course.
The Norsemen finished with a 316, 12 shots better than Harbor Springs, which took second with a 328. Lincoln Alcona edged St. Francis for the third and final qualifying spot in the state finals, 335 to 336.
“This was a big win for us,” Hursey said. “Spruce Run is one of the tougher score courses in the area. A 316 is a great score.”
Suttons Bay won the district last week with a 334 at Mistwood.
“We did not handle adversity too well in last week’s district,” Hursey said. “I was pleased (Thursday) that when we hit some rough spots our guys fought through it and turned things around at the right time. As big as Devin’s (Capron) score was for us, there were a lot of little things that we did that were key.”
Capron tied Leland’s Joel Sneed for the day’s best round at 76, forcing a playoff for medalist. Sneed prevailed.
But Capron and his teammates earned the team trophy and a trip to the state finals next weekend on Michigan State’s Forest Akers East course.
In addition to Capron’s 76, Eric Chapman shot 79, Brent Duddles 80 and Sean Lammy 81. Lars Thornton was a non-counter at 82.
“Devin stood out,” Hursey said, “but it’s still the strength of those next scores that are the key this time of year.”
James Adams led Harbor Springs with a 79. Bennett Langton followed at 81, Stewart Bower 82 and Adam Cavitt 86.
“Harbor Springs played great,” Hursey said. “We felt the pressure. We knew we had to put up a good number and we did. The guys came through.”
St. Francis missed qualifying by one stroke. Junior Parker Guss paced the Gladiators with a 79. Joe Coates came in at 82, Riley Lamie 87 and Ben Yanska 88.
Sneed, Onekama’s Derek Hobart and Brethren’s Bryson Waller qualified as individuals. Hobart finished with a 77, Waller 79.
Suttons Bay placed seventh a year ago at the state meet. Hursey said Kalamazoo Hackett will be the favorite with Saginaw Nouvel and the Norsemen “not too far behind.”
“We’re excited,” he said. “The guys are feeling like we’ve got a shot and we’ll give it our best shot.”