2012-06-21 / Sports

Norse finish seventh in state golf


IAN DUVALL of St. Mary chips onto a green in the Division 4 state golf finals. Photo by Jamey Conn High School Sports Scene IAN DUVALL of St. Mary chips onto a green in the Division 4 state golf finals. Photo by Jamey Conn High School Sports Scene The Suttons Bay boys golf team finished seventh in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state finals.

“We were aiming for a top five finish,” Suttons Bay head coach Todd Hursey saiad. “We held that spot after Day 1 and finished just two strokes out of fifth.”

The Norse, who finished runner-up in both the districts and regionals, were led by junior Sean Lammy with a twoday total of 167. Freshman Devin Capron was two strokes back. The Norse finished with 680 strokes. State champ Lake Leelanau St. Mary shot a 624.

“It was a great experience for our team,” said Hursey, noting only Lammy had state finals experience from the 2010 season. “We were disappointed about our finish, but I hope this makes us hungry to get back next year and play better.”

Brent Duddles shot a 172, Eric Chapman carded a 174 and Ryan Kratochvil had a 180. All three players are juniors.

“Devin had a great tournament,” said Hursey after Capron shot an 83 and 86. “For a freshman to play that well in the finals is impressive.

“Sean hit the ball great on Day 2, but struggled to score.”

Hursey was also pleased with the other scores, including Duddles’ 85 on Day 2. He was just three strokes back of Lammy.

“The rest of the team had some stretches of good golf, but didn’t score as well as they hoped for,” Hursey said. “It is a difficult course. “You have to be at your best to score well.”

Kalamazoo Christian shot a 678 and Fowler had 679 to claim the fifth and sixth spots.

The Norse, who reclaimed the Northwest Conference championship this season, did not have a senior on the squad.

“I was proud of our accomplishments this season,” Hursey said. “We are also excited that everyone returns next season.”

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