ALLENDALE As a team, Brighton’s ninth-place finish in the Division 1 state golf tournament wasn’t what the Bulldogs were aiming for.
But Julia Dean, who was five strokes behind the leader for the individual title after shooting an 82 on Friday, roared back on Saturday with a 73 to become the first Brighton golfer to earn medalist honors at the event, played at The Meadows on the Grand Valley State University campus.
“She was really focused today,” Brighton coach Paul Parsell said. “She was disappointed (Friday), but she was able to refocus and think about what she had to do to accomplish what she wanted to do.”
Dean, in her first year of high school golf, edged out Anika Dy of Traverse City West by a stroke, 155-156 for medalist honors.
As a team, Brighton shot 359 on Friday and 354 on Saturday.
“To have a top=10 finish in the state is nothing to be ashamed of, and to have the first medalist from Brighton is a big accomplishment,” Parsell said. “It was a great season overall, even if we were a little disaappointed at the end.”
The tournament was won by Traverse City West, which tied Rochester for first but won on the tiebreaker, the fifth golfer’s score.
Greater Lansing Invitational
GRAND LEDGE Howell’s boys had a strong finish, taking fifth overall out of 38 teams at Ledge Meadows Golf Course.
David Mitter finished sixth overall in 15 minutes, 53 seconds. Three other Highlanders broke the 17-minute barrier and a fifth runner, Keegan Fleury, knocked 30 seconds off his previous best to finish in 17:01.
“It was very exciting,” Howell boys coach Duane Millar said. “Our times this year were faster than last year, when we finished fourth. The guys have been working hard, and we’re starting to see the results of their efforts.”
Chris Davis (28th, 16:43) led Fowlerville, which finished 16th.
In the girls race, sophomore Ollie Updike finished fifth in 19:05 for Fowlerville, which finished 10th overall. Howell finished 16th, led by Kylie Pollman (34th, 20:09).
“My girls ran great today,” Stephanie Bruce. “My 2-5 runners were within 26 seconds of each other. We’re improving.”
Gabriel Richard Invitational
DEXTER Brighton finished eighth out of 16 teams at the event, held at Hudson Mills Metropark.
Chip Osborne (11th, 16:35) paced the Bulldogs.
“They ran well,” Brighton assistant coach Chris Elsey said. “Everyone competed hard and we’re getting ready for the conference and regional meets.”
The Bulldogs finished second in the girls race with most of its top runners getting the day off. Miranda Reynolds was third overall for Brighton, finishing in 19:00.