Four teams and one individual have put themselves in position to repeat as champions in this weekend’s four state golf championships.
Ann Arbor Skyline in Division 1, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice in Division 2, Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Division 3 and Kalamazoo Hackett in Division 4 will all tee it up looking to repeat along with Clarkston Everest Collegiate’s Remy Stalcup, who won’t last years individual Division 4 state title.
The state tournaments for all four divisions are Friday and Saturday.
Here’s a capsule look at each division.
Skyline won last year’s championship at Forest Akers West and will enter this year’s tournament at Ferris State’s Katke Golf Course ranked No. 1 in Division 1.
Ieuan Jones, who finished second last year as a freshman, led the Eagles to a regional title by finishing first at Cascades Golf Club in Jackson with a score of 71. Last year, he shot 71-72—143 in the state tournament.
Teammate Mitchell Strickland shot 72 in the regional this season.
Second-ranked Muskegon Mona Shores will also be in the field at Katke after finishing second behind No. 8 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern in the regional at Stonegate Golf Club in Muskegon.
Nicholas Taylor shot 71 to lead Forest Hills Northern in the regional.
Three players shot 69 in the regionals – Peter Stassinopoulos of Detroit Catholic Central, Connor Fox of Lake Orion and Benjamin Wu of Troy. Wu qualified as an individual.
Catholic Central won three straight Division 1 titles from 2015-17.
Brother Rice’s Lorenzo Pinili shot 71-68—139 last year at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek to finish second and lead the Warriors to the state championship. Surprisingly, Brother Rice isn’t ranked this year entering the Division 2 tournament at The Meadows in Allendale.
Brother Rice is unranked despite shooting 289 in the regional at Huron Meadows Golf Club. That was the lowest score of all Division 2 teams.
No. 1-ranked South Lyon East, second-ranked Gull Lake and No. 3 Chelsea also qualified for the state tournament.
Pinili, Flint Powers Catholic’s Robert Burns and Spring Lake’s Evan McDermott all shot 69 in the regionals. That tied for the lowest score among all D2 players.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central is the defending champion but no team in Division 3 has more success in recent years than Big Rapids, which was the runner-up last season for the fourth straight year.
Will Preston shot 72 in the regional to lead GRCC to the team title at Old Channell Trail Golf Club in Montague. GRCC’s score of 308 was tops among teams that qualified for the state tournament at The Fortress in Frankenmuth.
Ethan Swanson of Bath shot 71 to post the low score in the regional among state qualifiers.
Joining GRCC in the state tournament field will be No. 1-ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills, which won the regional at West Shore Golf Club by two shots over second-ranked Grosse Ile, which also qualified.
Anthony Naso of Grosse Ile was second in last year’s state tournament.
Kalamazoo Hackett will be going for a 3-peat in Division 4 at Forest Akers West after winning its fifth state title since 2009. Hackett nipped Lansing Christian by six shots at The Fortress last year.
Stallcup of No. 1-ranked Clarkston Everest was the medalist in the D4 tournament last year after shooting 70-72—142. He shot a sizzling 65 in the regional at The Fountains to record the lowest regional score of any player in any division.
Nobody else in the D4 field recorded a sub-70 score in the regionals.
Second-ranked Lansing Christian also qualified for the Division 4 tournament but No. 3 Glen Lake did not.