2018-06-07 / Sports

LaPointe’s career day fuels Norse in regional

By Grant McPherson
Of The Enterprise staff

A 1-2 finish from seniors Thomas Hursey and Parker LaPointe at Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday propelled Suttons Bay to a regional title.

The Norsemen, technically the hosts of the event, notched a 329 team score to top runner-up Leland by 21 strokes.

Both clubs will compete in the two-day state finals on Forest Akers East in East Lansing this weekend.

“I was really happy with how we played,” coach Todd Hursey said. “We didn’t play our best last event, but we had to finish in the top three and we handled the pressure really well.”

All four Suttons Bay scorers finished in the top 11: Thomas Hursey tallied a 3-over 75 to lead the field; LaPointe penciled a 6-over 79; Evan Rohrback fired a 15-over 87 to finish ninth; and Ethan Sommerfield shot a 16-over 88 to place 11th.

Nate Ball led the way for Leland with a fifth-place 81. Justin Bardenhagen and Quinn Maleski tied Sommerfield in 11th place with 88s.

“It wasn’t our best effort but you have to play well enough to move on,” Comets coach Nate Sneed said. “I challenged these guys and they really worked hard to get here.”

Glen Lake finished in sixth as a team, missing the cut. Frankfort took the third and final spot with a 335.

Peyton McDonough led the way for Glen Lake with a 14th-place 89. Gray Raymond finished with a 95 and Tucker Ewing shot a 97 for the Lakers. Ethan Gleason’s 100 rounded out the scoring.

“Going into regionals, I knew we would have to beat Frankfort,” Lakers coach Lee Houtteman said. “I wasn’t disappointed, Peyton really had a great shot to make it to states. Golf is golf.”

Houtteman talked highly of McDonough and what he meant to the program.

“Peyton really had a good shot at making it to states,” Houtteman said. “He played all four years, he was a great athlete and a great kid.”

McDonough looked back on the teams playing at regionals and what it was like on the difficult course.

“We didn’t play to our full potential, and it was hard for a couple of our guys,” he said. “We played better at our conference championship.”

McDonough also mentioned all the great friends he’s made over the years. Gleason will be graduating as well.

“It’s been a wild ride, going to states in basketball and other sports,” McDonough said. “I’m going to miss my friends and the brotherhood we have formed.”

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