Glen Lake’s Nichole Cox and Traverse City Central’s Amelia Pezzetti both placed in the top four individually at Saturday’s golf state finals.
Cox was third in the Division 4 finals at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek, while Pezzetti placed fourth at Saturday’s Division 2 state finals at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers East.
Pezzetti, a junior, shot a second-round 84 to end the two-day event with a total score of 162, seven strokes behind the overall medalist, Okemos’ Elle Nichols.
Cox shot a two-day 167, while Lansing Catholic’s Jacqueline Setas won with a 150.
“Third is awesome for anybody,” Glen Lake coach Paul Christiansen said, “but especially if you’re a freshman.”
As a team, Central placed 10th in Division 2, while two area teams put themselves in the top 10 in Division 4. Birmingham Seaholm won the D-1 state title.
“I always figure if you can be in the top 10, you accomplished a lot,” Central coach Lois McManus said. “If you think about all the teams that don’t even qualify to come, it’s a lot.”
Harbor Springs was sixth with a team total of 765. Grosse Ile won with 716.
Glen Lake was seventh at 770 and Grayling 11th with a 785. The seventh-place finish is the Lakers’ best in state finals competition.
The Rams and Lakers came into the second day tied for eighth and each moved up in the standings with strong Saturday showings.
TC Central shot 771 total as the finals were characterized by chilly, rainy weather the last two days.
“The sun came out as we were finishing,” McManus joked. “I don’t think it got above 45 or 47.”
The Trojans’ other top scorers were Kate Trubac (92-100—192), Zoe Sobeck (103-102—205), Carley Laird (113-105—218) and Abbie Crick (107-112—219). Sobeck, the team’s captain and only senior, played much of the round while battling a mysterious bloody nose that caused her to take a 10 on one hole. McManus said Sobeck insisted on completing the round, despite the distraction, and was allowed by tournament officials to ride in McManus’ cart as they tried to stop the bleeding with towels.
In Division 1, Traverse City West’s Taylor Kehoe shot a two-day total of 181 and Hunter Kehoe carded 192 at Forest Akers West.
Aside from Cox’s 167, Glen Lake received top performances by Melanie Kulanda (98-97—195), Nicole Pace (102-99—201), Madison Hill (107-107—214) and Skylar Gleason (116-100—216).
Harbor Springs was led by Ellen Breighner (89-94—183), Abby Detmar (94-90—184), Perry Bower (104-95—199), Sadie Cwikiel (106-96—202) and Zoey Bezilla (103-102—205).
Grayling’s leaders were Whitney Schans (95-89—184), Natalie Woodley (97-97—194), Laura Strack (105-98—203), Logan Miller (100-104—204) and Sally Metiva (109-107—216).