TRAVERSE CITY — Courtney Dye can check several goals off her senior wish list.
The Traverse City Central golfer wanted to win the Big North Conference.
Check. She went undefeated in five league tournaments and then won the Big North championship at Treetops last week by 12 strokes.
She wanted to win a tournament outside the league.
Check. She won the Tullymore Invitational on Monday with a birdie on her final hole.
She wanted to shoot in the 70s.
Check. She's averaged 77.2 in 13 tournaments this season, 75.6 in the league. She shot a one-under par 71 at Alpena last month. Altogether, she's earned a medal in all 13 tournaments with seven first-place finishes and two seconds to her credit.
"I worked a lot on my game through the winter, spring and summer and it's paid off for me," Dye said.
So much so that Dye's been able to lower her average by five strokes from a year ago, going from an 82 to a 77. The four-year varsity player averaged 91 as a freshman, 86 as a sophomore.
"Every time she goes out, she amazes me," Central coach Lois McManus said. "She's pretty special."
Dye, 17, will lead the Trojans into next Thursday's Division 2 regional at the Flint Elks. Central, currently ranked No. 9 in the state, will be seeking its first regional crown in 12 years.
"We haven't seen any of the teams in our regional other than Alpena and Petoskey," McManus said. "It will be very interesting."
The top three teams advance to the state finals. Central, which has qualified for the state finals in 14 of the 15 years with McManus as coach, finished 10th at the state meet a year ago. Dye tied for seventh individually despite playing with a shoulder injury.
McManus said Dye's continued improvement can be traced to more consistent outings.
"Her consistency and her competitiveness have driven her to where she is now," the coach said. "She's very serious about this game. She practices as hard as she can, just like she was a playing a tournament.
"She's so focused. She knows what she needs to do every shot. And nothing seems to rile her. She keeps her composure. Her composure and temperament on the golf course is exactly what you would want it to be."
Dye has worked with Grand Traverse Resort and Spa's Scott Hebert, one of most successful professionals in the state.
During the summer, she was named Player of the Year in the girls division in the Traverse City Junior Golf Association and the statewide Junior PGA.
"It was a fun summer," she said. "It seems like I was gone every week for a golf tournament."
Dye competed against some of the state's top high school players, as well as collegiate players, in the Junior PGA.
"I got used to the competitive environment pretty quick," she said.
That success has carried over into her high school season. McManus believes Dye will be in the top five at states.
"She has the ability and skills to do that," McManus said.
"I just want to play my best," Dye added. "I know I have it in me."
First, though, comes the regional.
"Everybody expects us to win," Dye said. "Lois keeps telling us it's the end of the season so now is the time to show everybody what you've got."
TRAVERSE CITY — Courtney Dye can check several goals off her senior wish list.
Globetrotters entertain full house at Central
Twins Ezra and Cosmo Franseth were not only able to see the Harlem Globetrotters up close and personal from the front row for their birthday. They also were able to see their parents get involved in the act.Continued ...
Mobile food trucks continue to expand lineup
The Little Fleet should consider a name change as they steam toward their second summer in business. Maybe The Armada is more apropos.Continued ...
Editorial: Surgery Center's business model a template for future
Imagine an additional 10,000 patients per year cycling through Munson Medical Center’s main campus. And not just people there to get a broken arm looked at, but surgery patients.Continued ...
Emails show NMC leaders made decisions outside public meetings
Northwestern Michigan College’s elected officials debated in a flurry of emails whether to televise their monthly board meetings, a behind-the-scenes decision-making process that altered some trustees’ public opposition and occurred outside the public eye.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/17/2014
Let viewers decide; Serfs in America.Continued ...
Foodie with Family: Bring an end to slow cooker mush
Slow-cookers get a bum rap for turning out bland, homogenous, texturally-challenged food. Why do people have this misconception?Continued ...
NMC president's email to college staff
Northwestern Michigan College President Tim Nelson sent the following email to college employees Tuesday afternoon:Continued ...
Dennis Chase: Area loses one of its all-time best
Kim (Schneider) Monthei, a former All-State basketball player at Elk Rapids, passed away Monday from breast cancer at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She had just turned 42 on Saturday.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Don't just hard boil your Easter eggs
Nancy Krcek Allen has been a chef-educator for more than 25 years and has taught professional and recreational classes in California, New York City and Michigan. Her culinary textbook, “Discovering Global Cuisines” was released in March 2013.Continued ...
Michigan's Open Meetings Act
State lawmakers created Michigan’s Open Meetings Act to strengthen citizens’ ability to know what goes on in government, according to an OMA guide published by Michigan’s attorney general.Continued ...
Hounds drop opener in national tourney
In Las Vegas, it’s hard to bet against a team with a player named Dice. Dak Dice was among three different Idaho Jr. Steelheads players who scored goals in a 3-0 victory over Traverse City in the UHU national tournament’s opening round.Continued ...
Prep Sports Roundup: Elks remain unbeaten
Nicole Hill netted three goals while Carley Patterson added a goal and two assists as Elk Rapids defeated East Jordan 8-0 in a Lake Michigan Conference match Wednesday. (Plus more)Continued ...
Consultant: Architecture great, traffic a problem
Heads shook and shoulders drooped as the group approached one of the last stops on a tour of Eighth Street in Traverse City: the brick and barn-red sheet metal walls of an auto parts warehouse.Continued ...
Division Street residents stuck in sewer limbo
Division Street residents Bill Greene and James Begeman might live in Traverse City’s most unfortunate place for a sewer, as evidenced by a possible repair bill of more than $60,000 to fix their collapsed line.Continued ...
Prep Track Roundup: Trojans sweep Gaylord
Savannah Champion was a champion Wednesday in Traverse City Central’s 120-44 Big North Conference win over Gaylord. (Plus more)Continued ...
5K is May 18
The Community Outreach Council is putting on the Homeward Bound 5K race and fun walk on Sunday, May 18 at Traverse City West Middle School.Continued ...
Millage to go on ballot at same rate
Leelanau County commissioners unanimously agreed to put a senior services millage on the August ballot. They approved language for a 4-year renewal at .275 mills.Continued ...
Man faces arson and insurance fraud charges
An Antrim County man faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit arson and insurance fraud after investigators received information that an April 2013 house fire may have been intentionally set.Continued ...
Today in Sports: 04/17/2014
What's happening in sports across the region and the nation:Continued ...
Lake Ann man arrested for forgery
A Lake Ann man faces charges on his fourth forgery offense after he tried to cash a money order that did not belong to him.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 04/17/2014
New Opera Project debuts; Easter egg decorating; spring egg hunt; and more.Continued ...
Trustee seeks Acme Treasurer position
Acme Township trustees will consider their lone applicant for township treasurer, trustee Amy Jenewa, at a special meeting today.Continued ...
- Poll: Are surgery centers the future of health care?
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
UPDATE: Judge's son injured in alcohol-related crash
A local judge's son could face a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash along U.S. 31 that left him in the hospital, hundreds without power and a Kingsley man behind bars.Continued ...
UPDATE: Judge's son injured in U.S. 31 crash
TRAVERSE CITY — A local judge's son is in fair condition at Munson Medical Center after an alcohol-related, two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31. Munson officials confirmed Michael J. Stepka, 24, of Kalamazoo, is in the hospital's care. He's 86th District CoContinued ...
- Globetrotters entertain full house at Central