A couple of streaks continued at the All-City boys’ golf tourney on Friday.
Lakeview won the city title for the 12th straight time.
And Lakeview’s Andrew Walker won the individual medalist title for the third straight time.
Walker shot a 73 to lead Lakeview to the title as the Spartans finished with a team score of 305 at the annual event, held at Binder Park Golf Course. Harper Creek was second with a 334 and Pennfield finished with a 360. St. Philip, which didn’t have enough players, did not post a team score and Battle Creek Central does not have a boys’ squad this spring.
For Walker, a junior, it was three championships in three tries.
“It feels nice to win. I have definitely been looking forward to this tournament all year long so it’s nice to win this one,” Walker said. “It’s not something I have been pushing for. I just let them come to me when they come to me. And if they do come to me and I get to win a couple in a row it will be something nice to look back on.”
Winning the team title once again is great, no matter how many times they have taking home the trophy in a row, according to Lakeview boys’ coach Tony Evans, whose team is ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 1.
“The city championship in all sports is a special thing for us at Lakeview. So we are just as excited to win the city championship as we are to win the conference,” Evans said. “It’s one of our goals every year. We want to win the city championship, win the conference championship and then look to do well at the state level.”
Finishing second in the All-City tournament was Lakeview’s Matt Alderink with a 74 with Spartan teammate James Staab getting an 85 – as those three Lakeview players headed up the All-City list. Also making All-City, which goes to the top 11 players, was Harper Creek’s Alex Johnson (78), Lakeview’s Bailey Niedzielski (83), Pennfield’s Chase Williamson (84), Lakeview’s Jared Fisk (85), Lakeview’s Brendan Stevens (85), Harper Creek’s Nick Robinson (85), Harper Creek’s Tanner Brauer (85) and Harper Creek’s Kyle Pape (86).
Getting the top three scores pushed Lakeview to the top, although Evans thought his team left some shots on the course.
“Thought we could have played a little bit better today overall. We are trying to gear up for the rest of the season, so the boys might be a little disappointed in our scores. But obviously the result was great,” Evans said. “Those top three guys, 73, 74, 75, they really held it together and put together a good day. Andrew and Matt have been battling all year, so it is always a healthy competition between those two guys.”
Having that competition near the top drove the champ, also.
“It’s really fun to have my teammates right there near the top with me. It’s a competitive atmosphere on our team and we are always pushing each other to do better,” Walker said. “With our team you never know who is going to have a real good day, so I just wanted to be consistent today and play to my strengths and that’s what I did.”
Other team scores for Harper Creek included Mason Ernst, who shot an 89. Pennfield’s other scorers were Tyler Driscoll with an 88, Jared Frisbee with a 91, Trent Rizor with a 97 and Tyler Lahuskey with a 101 and Ian Stemplewski with a 102.
St. Philip’s Dreyson English had a 120 with Drew Latinga adding a 125.