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Girls golf final: ND Prep’s Danielle Staskowski surprises in playoff

Second-day 319 lifts Spring Lake to third team title, 35 ahead of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Danielle Staskowski

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Danielle Staskowski

BATTLE CREEK – Danielle Staskowski had a rough start but finished well. So well that the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep sophomore won the Division 3 state title in a one-hole playoff.

Staskowski began the day at Bedford Valley Golf Course with four bogeys. After a quick talk with herself, she turned things around with all pars and three birdies (on Holes 7, 8 and 16) the rest of the way to overcome a two-shot deficit to the defending champ, senior Anna Kramer of Spring Lake.

Staskowski shot 80-73 to Kramer’s 78-75 over two rounds, then won the playoff with an up-and-down par five on the 16th hole.

“After the first four holes, I stopped myself and just said: ‘You’re fine, get it together,’ ” Staskowski said. “I think after I started with those bogeys, I got a little freaked out and started to speed up. So, I took a minute, started slowing down everything, tried to relax and just play the way I play. That really started working for me.

“I like big events like this. I’m still trying to process that I won it all. It’s very exciting to have won this. I know Anna won it last year and is a really good player.”

Led by Kramer, Spring Lake took the team title for the third consecutive year with a 343-319-662 total. ND Prep was runner up with 362-335-697. Flint Powers Catholic was next with 718, followed by Birmingham Detroit Country Day (721) and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (723).

“Got a trifecta,” Spring Lake coach George Bitner said. “I had a hunch we could do this again. We were never rated higher than third in the state all season.

“These girls shot their best round of the year and did it after a fairly crummy round yesterday. But they’ve done that for four straight years — the second round at the state meet being much better. Each one shot under their average.”

Bitner said being ranked No. 3, with its lineup and being the two-time defending champ, motivated Spring Lake.

“We didn’t really let the rankings get to us all that much (during the season) because we know we can do this, we know we can pull it off, so why does it really matter what people say what our ranking is?” senior Jaedyn Shelton said. “We came in knowing we were good enough to win it again.”

Madelyn Nelson watches her drive off the 10th tee for Spring Lake, which won its third straight Division 3 title.

Madelyn Nelson watches her drive off the 10th tee for Spring Lake, which won its third straight Division 3 title.

The same second-day improvement happened with Notre Dame Prep, which reached the state final for the first time in many years after having trouble getting out of a stacked regional.

“They played decent yesterday, but they played phenomenally today,” coach Kyle Lilek said. “I’m actually choked up.

“The girls rallied so well. I had some players that would shoot bad holes, several in a row, and then they’d just rally phenomenally. Their ability to mentally stay in the game is what impressed me the most.”

Staskowski had mixed emotions about being team runner-up.

“It does take away the sting a little bit,” she said of the medalist, “but we’re pretty happy with what we did. Our 335 is one of our best scores ever.”

Girls golf state finals

DIVISION 1

At MSU’s Forest Akers East

Top teams

1. Rochester – 310 – 308 – 618

Brooke Busse -73 -75 – 148

Veronica Haque -75 – 75 – 150

Savannah Haque – 79 – 79 -158

Erika Yang -84 -79 – 163

Keri Yang -83 – 83 – 166

2. Novi – 327 – 312 – 639

3. Bloomfield Hills – 321 – 327 – 648

4. Traverse City West – 324 – 328 – 652

5. Saline – 322 – 339 – 661

6. Lake Orion – 350 – 326 – 676

7. Brighton – 344 – 334 – 678

7. Clarkston – 336 – 342 – 678

9. Lapeer – 345 – 335 – 680

9. Plymouth – 334 – 346 – 680

11. Farmington Hills Mercy – 347 – 339 – 686

Top individuals

1. Anika Dy, Traverse City West – 72 – 71 – 143

2. Meghan Deardorff, Clarkston – 74 – 71 – 145

2. Mikaela Schulz, Bloom. Hills – 72 – 73 – 145

4. Alexa Hatz, Novi – 78 – 69 – 147

5. Brooke Busse, Rochester – 73 – 75 – 148

6 .Cammi Lucia, Grand Blanc – 73 – 76 – 149

6. Jami Laude, Skyline – 75 – 74 – 149

8. Veronica Haque, Rochester – 75 – 75 – 150

9. Moyea Russell, Lake Orion – 80 – 71 – 151

9. Lauren Ingle, RH Stoney Creek – 73 – 78 – 151

9. Abby Livingston, Novi – 75 – 76 – 151

DIVISION 2

At GVSU’s The Meadows

Top teams

1. Midland Dow – 324 – 321 – 645

Stephanie Carras – 69 – 70 – 139

Alexis Carras – 76 – 69 – 145

Giacomina Fabiano – 90 – 90 – 180

Caroline Szabo – 89 – 92 – 181

Morgan Deiters – 90 – 96 – 186

2. Birmingham Seaholm – 343 – 350 – 693

3. South Lyon – 366 – 349 – 715

4. St Joseph – 351 – 365 – 716

5. DeWitt – 366 – 370 – 736

6. GR Forest Hills Northern – 378 – 360 – 738

7. Bloomfield Hills Marian – 372 – 370 – 742

8. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer – 385 – 364 – 749

9. Fenton – 380 – 373 – 753

10. Farmington – 386 – 390 – 776

Top individuals

1. Stephanie Carras, Dow – 69 – 70 – 139

2. Alexis Carras, Midland Dow – 76 – 69 – 145

3. Kerrigan Parks, Flushing – 73 – 77 – 150

4. Cailey Rooker, St Joseph – 82 – 78 – 160

5. Shana Murphy, W.L. Western – 81 – 80 – 161

6. Megan Randolph, P.H. North. – 85 – 78 – 163

6. Meghan Gallagher, G.P. North – 83 – 80 – 163

8. Avery Howard, Reeths-Puffer – 82 – 82 – 164

9. Hailey Roovers, Seaholm – 85 – 80 – 165

10. Grace Kelbel, Petoskey – 88 – 78 – 166

DIVISION 4

At MSU’s Forest Akers West

Top teams

1. Macomb Lutheran North – 335 – 331 – 666

Serena Nguyen – 79 – 79 – 158

Sydney Martens – 85 – 79 – 164

Kaity Rittner – 82 – 84 – 166

Grace Farquhar – 97 – 89 – 186

M Mohr / M Kuppler – 89 – 101 – 190

2. Livonia Ladywood – 351 – 351 – 702

3. Kalamazoo Hackett – 357 – 358 – 715

4. Frankenmuth – 373 – 369 – 742

5. Almont – 364 – 382 – 746

6. Jackson Lumen Christi – 370 – 378 – 748

7. Harbor Springs – 389 – 388 – 777

8. Lansing Catholic – 395 – 395 – 790

9. Freeland – 401 – 394 – 795

10. GR NorthPointe – 406 – 402 – 808

Top individuals

1. Nichole Cox, M.C. Glen Lake – 72 – 78 – 150

2. Megan Watkins, Franken. – 78 – 76 – 154

2. Naomi Keyte, Hackett – 78 – 76 – 154

4. Serena Nguyen, Luth. North – 79 – 79 – 158

5. Abigail Meder, Lansing Cath. – 82 – 80 – 162

6. Sydney Martens, Luth. North – 85 – 79 – 164

7. Mia Korns, Clarkston Everest – 81 – 84 – 165

8. Kaity Rittner, Lutheran North – 82 – 84 – 166

8. Gabriella Scopone, Ladywood – 83 – 83 – 166

10. Lydia Cranmer, Ladywood – 86 – 81 – 167

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