TUSCOLA - Two years ago, LSA didn't have a golf program. Now it has a boys golfer going to state.
LSA freshman Hunter York shot a 74 during the Class A Tuscola Sectional at Ironhorse Golf Club on Monday to advance to this weekend's state finals.
"This is the best success we've had, obviously - finishing fifth at regional, moving two kids to sectional and now one to state," LSA coach Chris Galka said of the school's golf program that is in its second year after a seven-year hiatus.
York's 2-over tied for second overall and his front-nine score (36) was second also second behind Bismark-Henning's overall medalist Andy Bott (73).
"Hunter hits it extremely straight with great distance," Galka said.
And not even a setback on the par-5 second hole could fluster York.
"I hit my second shot going onto the green off a black metal stake," York said. "It bounced 50 yard back towards me and almost went in to some water."
No matter. York still parred the hole and called it the "easiest hole" of the day.
"He's just a real solid player," Galka said.
Solid enough to start up a program around.
"We thought it was pretty important to have a program to keep Hunter at the school," Galka said. "But last year we had six kids and this year we have nine. So, it's a program that is going to keep growing."
LSA sophomore teammate Donavon Resch shot a 93 but didn't advance.
Casey-Westfield state bound
Maybe it was Landry Husinga's birdie on hole No. 18. Or maybe it was his lucky socks.
Either way, the Casey-Westfield boys golf team is headed to state for the first time.
The Warriors shot a 335 to tie Bloomington Cornerstone and were one stroke ahead of fourth-place Dwight. Bismark-Henning's 328 was first.
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But Casey coach Dennis Matthews said Husinga's No. 18 birdie may have been the one-stroke difference.
"I think that's the one that did it," Matthews said with a smile.
At first, Husinga wasn't going to use his driver to approach the final hole. But he changed his mind at the last second.
"I had been smashing my driver all day," said Husinga, who shot a team-best 38 on the back nine to finish with an 83. "I then hit a 9-iron in to the green and thought I lost it in a hazard. But I was only 12 feet away and stuck the putt."
And the senior did it while wearing his lucky socks.
"Over the summer my mom wore my golf socks one night before I played a round. And I ended shooting a 78," Husinga explained. "She did the same thing last night. So, who knows, maybe it works."
It did for Casey, which saw Avery Murphy shoot a team-best 82, Brandon Glidwell with an 84 and Chris Lee's 86 to round-out the Warriors' 335.
"It wasn't just individual glory," Matthew said. "They wanted to make sure the team moved one. That's what it was all about today."
Sullivan's Patrick Miller moves on
Sullivan senior Patrick Miller grabbed one of the final top 10 spots to move onto the state finals.
While Miller has had better days on the course, he said he'll take a spot at state any day.
"I wasn't too happy with my performance, but I had enough good pars today," said Miller, whose 80 tied three others for the advancing cutoff.
Miller ended on the front nine and his ability to finish a 10-foot putt on No. 9 may have saved his round.
"I went long on the second shot and hit bogey," Miller said. "As I was lining up that putt, I knew was on the playoff bubble and that I had to make it to get to advance."
His Sullivan teammates combined with him to shoot a ninth-place 362.