2018-06-07 / Sports

Hursey, Norse to shoot for fifth title

Ball, Comets to join S-B at state finals
By Grant McPherson
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY poses with their first place regional trophy last Wednesday after a long day of golf. From left to right is Todd Hursey, Eli Lewis, Matthew Smith, Evan Rohrback, Parker LaPointe, Ethan Sommerfield and Thomas Hursey. SUTTONS BAY poses with their first place regional trophy last Wednesday after a long day of golf. From left to right is Todd Hursey, Eli Lewis, Matthew Smith, Evan Rohrback, Parker LaPointe, Ethan Sommerfield and Thomas Hursey. Suttons Bay and Leland will be competing at the State Finals over the weekend at Michigan State University.

The course at Forest Akers East is a par 72, just like the regional course the teams played on at the Grand Traverse Resort.

The Norsemen have placed first in most of their events, almost breaking the school record for lowest score at the Heathlands. They look to continue that success — and bring the program’s fifth state title to Leelanau County.

“We recognized earlier in the season that we can be a state title contender,” coach Todd Hursey said. “As much as I want to watch us succeed, I want to see Leland and Frankfort finish well. All of the northern Michigan schools support each other so it would be good to see them finish near the top as well.”

Thomas Hursey has been a big lift for Suttons Bay, but fellow senior Parker LaPointe has been just as exciting to watch. LaPointe has finished right next to Hursey in nearly every event, helping the Suttons Bay team to many 10 first-place finishes in their last 11 events.

“Parker has been a very consistent player all year,” Todd Hursey said. “He’s come through in difficult times and really played well for us.”

As well as Suttons Bay has been playing, Leland has been stride for stride with the Norse, and look to get their hands on a state title.

Comets coach Nate Sneed says his team is fired up and ready to take place in the states match and can really compete with anyone.

“I’m excited to see the kids reap the benefits of their hard work all season,” Sneed said. “You have to work on your weak spots, and our team has really done well at that. We just have to keep playing hard.”

The Comets have been getting great play from junior Nate Ball. Ball has been a big lift for the Comets golf team, leading them in almost every event and making great strides for a strong senior season next year as well.

Sneed said how he has told Ball to help lead the team and help the younger guys to get better.

“I went to Nate and told him we need you lead us,” Sneed said. “Nate is arguably one of the best golfers in our conference and has really performed well for us.”

The two-day event is slated to start Friday at 9 a.m. and end Saturday afternoon. Results will be posted on the MHSAA website.

Return to top