Ditching school to play a round of golf is a sweet deal — no one can deny that.
It’s also hard to deny how great Eisenhower was at Port Huron Elks Golf Club after their amazing day at the 15-team Blue Water Spring Classic.
With low scores coming from Dennis Olejniczak (71), Jack Hebert (75), Kyle Tinnion (79) and Brett Michie (79), the Eagles took first place with a score of 304. Utica Ford was right behind them, swinging to a 311.
Olejniczak certainly had the clubhouse buzzing when the golfers gathered as he only had one bogey on the afternoon.
“That’s the best I’ve shot,” Olejniczak said of his one-under par day. “I felt great about my irons today, I felt like they were consistent … I just kept everything in play and gave myself good looks.”
The top team in the area came with Port Huron Northern’s third place finish at 314 thanks to Clay Wilson (76), Nick Vranish (79), Scooter Brickey (79) and Hunter Austin (80).
All four golfers finished in the top 18 individually, with Wilson’s finish good enough to place him fourth overall. The day didn’t look like it would end with a top-five outing as he kicked off his round three-over par after three holes.
“I just feel like I wasn’t warmed up, but I started making the eight foot putts I needed to make to get par,” Wilson said. “I just started to battle at the end and realize I wanted to shoot in the seventies.”
St. Clair was the next-best area team, shooting to a ninth place finish at 364 with Joe Fraley (81), Tyler Wummel (88), Mitch Moore (96) and Scott Drummond (99).
Marysville was close behind the Saints with an 11th overall finish. The young team of Nick Lozano (85), Tyler Nunez (88), Seth Lewis (93) and Evan Brown (101) had an impressive showing considering they were all playing in their first varsity tournament.
“We would like it to be lower obviously, but I’m really happy with Tyler Nunez and Nick Lozano and how they played,” Marysville coach Paul Moretz said. “I didn’t expect those numbers.”
Port Huron Northern’s second team also had a 12th place finish, placing just in front of Port Huron’s 14th overall standing with a 386.
The bright spot of the day for the Big Reds came from freshman Nick Bailey, who led the team with an 88. Brendon Warsinski (96), Mark Kovach (99) and Kyle Hepting (103) were the other scorers for Port Huron.
“(Bailey) expects more, and I also think he can do better than that,” Port Huron coach Dan Perkins said. “But hey, that’s pretty good for an off day.”
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Blue Water Spring Classic
1. Eisenhower, 304
2. Utica Ford, 311
3. Port Huron Northern, 314
4. Anchor Bay, 322
5. L’Anse Creuse North, 351
6. Dakota, 354
7. Chippewa Valley, 358
8. Utica, 360
9. St. Clair, 364
10. L’Anse Creuse, 366
11. Marysville, 367
12. Port Huron Northern (B), 370
13. Stevenson, 373
14. Port Huron, 386
15. Lakeview, 418