2018-06-14 / Sports

Norsemen, Comets crack top 10 at state finals; Hursey takes second


THOMAS HURSEY (far right in red shirt) stands next to the other top individual golfers, last Saturday, after states at Michigan State University Forest Akers East. THOMAS HURSEY (far right in red shirt) stands next to the other top individual golfers, last Saturday, after states at Michigan State University Forest Akers East. “That’s probably the greatest round of golf shot in Suttons Bay history.”

Technology director and chief operations officer Tim Smith told the school board on Monday night that Thomas Hursey’s first round of golf was one of the best.

Hursey led the field after day one, but was unable to hold onto the lead, as he finished three strokes behind the leader on the tough par 72 course.

Hursey led the way for Suttons Bay, as he shot a 67 on the first day, and finished with a 74 on the second day to give him an overall score of 141. Evan Rohrback completed day one with a score of 82, and finished day two with a score of 86. Rohrback finished the meet with an overall score of 168.

Ethan Sommerfield shot an 83 on the first day, and shot an 86 on day two of the state meet. Sommerfield finished states with a score of 169. Parker LaPointe finished day one with an 83 just like Sommerfield. LaPointe finished the second day with a score of 88, and finished the meet with a 171 overall score.


THOMAS HURSEY poses for a picture last Saturday after states. Hursey placed second as an individual golfer, and Suttons Bay finished in sixth place as a team. THOMAS HURSEY poses for a picture last Saturday after states. Hursey placed second as an individual golfer, and Suttons Bay finished in sixth place as a team. Suttons Bay finished in sixth place as a team, as they finished day one with a team score of 315, and day two with a score of 334. The Norse finished the tournament with a combined score of 649.

Coach Todd Hursey said finishing in the top five was a goal, but the team still performed very well overall, and competed well.

“Finals didn’t go the way we wanted, but we really accomplished a lot,” Coach Hursey said. “Thomas’ 67 was the best round I’ve ever seen. It was the best finals round we have had.”

This year, the Suttons Bay golf team had 10 first place finishes in their invites and jamborees. In their tournament played at Heathlands, the team finished one shot off the school record for lowest round.

“We accomplished a lot this year,” Coach Hursey said. “I’m very proud of what our seniors did throughout their careers.”

Justin Bardenhagen led the way for Leland, as he finished the first day with a score of 82. Bardenhagen followed up his first day with an 84 on the second day, and finished the state meet with a 166 overall score. Nate Ball shot an 86 on the first day, and finished the second day with an 84. Ball finished the state meet with a 170 final score.

Quinn Maleski led the team after day one, as he shot an 81. Maleski shot a 91 on day two, and finished with a final score of 172. Aiden Coleman shot an 88 on the first day, and finished day two with a score of 85. Coleman finished the tournament with a 173 overall score.

Leland finished in 10 overall as a team, as they finished day one with a team score of 336, and then shot a 344 overall on day two. The Comets finished the tournament with a 680 overall score.

“The elements were tough,” coach Nate Sneed said. “The boys were able to fight through it all.”

Sneed mentioned how the season as a whole was a strong one for the Leland Comets. Doing all of the little things is something that Sneed said could be huge for next season and many after it.

“Our season as a whole was a good one,” Sneed said. “We need to get to the golf center and work on all the little things to keep getting better.”

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