Michigan State’s four defending golf champions will look to repeat this weekend


Four teams and one individual set themselves up to repeat as champions in all four state golf championships this weekend.

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 be set to repeat with Remy Stalcup of Clarkston Everest Collegiate, who won the division individual last year. 4 state title.


State tournaments for all four divisions are Friday and Saturday.

Here is a capsule from each division.

Division 1

Skyline won last year’s championship at Forest Akers West and will play in 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 has shot 72 in the regional this season.

Second-ranked Muskegon Mona Shores will also be on the course in Katke after finishing second to No. 8 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern in the area at Stonegate Golf Club in Muskegon.

Nicholas Taylor shot 71 to lead Forest Hills Northern in the area.

Three players shot 69 in 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 consecutive Division 1 titles from 2015 to 2017.

Division 2

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 is unseeded this year entering the Division 2 tournament at The Meadows in Allendale.

Brother Rice is unseeded despite shooting 289 in the regional at Huron Meadows Golf Club. It was the lowest score of any Division 2 team.

No. 1-seeded South Lyon East, second-placed Gull Lake and No. 3 Chelsea also qualified for the state tournament.

Pinili, Robert Burns of Flint Powers Catholic and Evan McDermott of Spring Lake all shot 69 in regionals. It was tied for the lowest score among all D2 players.

Division 3

Grand Rapids Catholic Central is the defending champion, but no Division 3 team has had more success in recent years than Big Rapids, which finished second last season for the fourth consecutive year.

Will Preston shot 72 in the regional to lead GRCC to the team title at Old Channell Trail Golf Club in Montague. The GRCC’s score of 308 was the best among teams qualifying for the state tournament at The Fortress in Frankenmuth.

Bath’s Ethan Swanson shot 71 to post the region’s lowest score among the state qualifiers.

No. 1-ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills will join GRCC in the state tournament, which won the regional at West Shore Golf Club by two strokes over second-ranked Grosse Ile, which also qualified.

Anthony Naso of Grosse Ile finished second in last year’s state tournament.

Division 4

Kalamazoo Hackett will be aiming for a Division 4 hat-trick at Forest Akers West after winning his fifth state title since 2009. Hackett crushed Lansing Christian by six strokes at The Fortress last year.

Stalcup of No. 1-ranked Clarkston Everest was the D4 tournament medalist 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.

No one else in the D4 peloton has scored less than 70 in regionals.

Second-seeded Lansing Christian also qualified for the Division 4 tournament, but No. 3 Glen Lake did not.


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