2018-08-08 / Sports

Flint Junior golfers wrap up season

BY AUSTIN VANDAELE
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com


Lapeer’s Jake McGeary, shown here July 7, qualified for match play after Monday’s qualifying round at Swartz Creek Golf Course. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Lapeer’s Jake McGeary, shown here July 7, qualified for match play after Monday’s qualifying round at Swartz Creek Golf Course. Photo by Austin VanDaele SWARTZ CREEK – Despite the gloomy weather, golfers in the Flint Junior Golf Association’s Jack Nicklaus group competed in their final tournament of the season at Swartz Creek Golf Course Monday. The top four lowest scores in each flight qualified for the second day of match-play Tuesday, with the winners from Tuesday’s semifinals facing off today for the championship.

In the girls’ championship flight, Keegan Miller finished atop the leader boards with a 77. Lapeer’s Brooke Gibbons qualified second with a 78, Davison’s Isabel Mabry was third with an 80 and Goodrich’s Morgan Swett qualified in fourth with an 80 as well.

Other scores included an 82 from Kearsley’s Grace Hoffman, an 83 from Goodrich’s Elizabeth Gibbs and an 84 from Swartz Creek’s Neeley Peterson.

In the girls’ first flight, Grand Blanc’s Madison Brigance finished as the No. 1 seed with an 85 and was followed by Kearsley’s Emma Bishoff with an 87, Gabby Ropp with a 91 and Davison’s Caylee Ries with a 100. In the second flight, Goodrich’s Halle Moore qualified first with a 91, Abigail Britton was second with a 92, Goodrich’s Madeline Swett was third with a 94 and Alexandra Sexton was fourth with a 101.

The boys’ championship flight saw Goodrich’s Trent Barth qualify as the No. 1 seed after finishing with a 76. Andrew Nestor of Flushing finished with a 77 to qualify as the No. 2 seed but had to withdraw from the tournament due to a prior commitment. Taking Nestor’s spot as the second seed was Grand Blanc’s Nick Bruett, who also finished the day with a 77. Brendan Silpoch of Grand Blanc qualified as the No. 3 seed with a 79 and Ranveer Ajimal, also of Grand Blanc, qualified fourth with an 80.

Other scores included an 81 from Swartz Creek’s Cameron Beckwith and an 85 from Davison’s Travis Gist.

Sean Spidle took the top spot in the boys’ first flight with an 80. Finishing second was Andrew Lum of Flushing with an 83, though he also had to withdraw from the rest of the tournament due to a prior commitment. Grand Blanc’s Grant Foren took over as the No. 2 seed with an 83 Monday, Lapeer’s Jake McGeary finished third with an 86 and with an 87 was Davison’s Craig Banes. The boys’ second flight was won by Noah Ruddy with an 82, while Max Baxter of Flushing finished second with an 86, Grant Carr third with a 91 and Davison’s Jack Banes fourth with a 100.

Today, the final golfers standing from yesterday’s semifinals will compete for the tournament championship. See Sunday’s County Press for coverage of the second and third rounds. For a full list of results, visit www.fjga.org.

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