2018-04-15 / Sports

LAPEER TUNE-UP

Utica Eisenhower wins 27th annual event


Lapeer’s Logan Cooper sets up for a putt during the morning holes of golf at the Lapeer Tune-up Friday at Metamora Golf and Country Club. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Lapeer’s Logan Cooper sets up for a putt during the morning holes of golf at the Lapeer Tune-up Friday at Metamora Golf and Country Club. Photo by Austin VanDaele METAMORA — Despite the threat of rain, the 27th iteration of the annual Lapeer Tune-up boys’ golf invitational took place at the Metamora Golf and Country Club Friday morning. Utica Eisenhower won the title with a 323, Lapeer was second with 326 and Fenton third with 343.

Carson Butterfield fired an 80 for Lapeer’s low score, Logan Cooper was one stroke back at 81 and Boone Macco two back at 82. Mason Cooper was one shot back of that at 83. Caleb Keast shot 84 and Dylan Mullaney 86.

North Branch was 17th with 419. Ian Conley fired 101, Adam Barrows 104 and Hunter Ratliff 107s, Jacob Knudsen 119 and Parker Jenuwine 124.

No. 2 Div. 1-ranked Birmingham Seaholm was fourth with 345, Grand Blanc was fifth with 346, Oxford sixth with 351 and Saginaw Heritage seventh with 353. Utica Ford II was eighth with 354, Goodrich ninth with 357 and Waterford Mott 10th with 361. Frankenmuth was 11th with 374, Midland Dow 12th with 383, Lake Fenton 13th with 388, Holly 14th with 393 and Davison 15th with 397. Lakeland was 16th with 405, North Branch 17th with 419, Bay City Western 18th with 422, Brandon 19th with 425, Bay City Central 20th with 468, Waterford Kettering 21st with 477 and Carman-Ainsworth 22nd with 496.

When the tournament started, temperatures were around 36 degrees after a brief morning shower that didn’t last long. Ski caps, jackets and gloves were part of the uniforms of every team in the mix. Twenty three teams were vying for the title including host Lapeer, Birmingham Seaholm, Oxford, Fenton, Holly, Davison North Branch, Utica Eisenhower, Utica Ford, Brandon, Lakeland, Carman-Ainsworth, Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Saginaw Heritage, Waterford Mott, Waterford Kettering, Frankenmuth, Lake Fenton, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Midland Dow and Kearsley.

“The course is in great shape and the weather is definitely better than what I expected when I woke up this morning,” said Lapeer coach Steve Stearns mid-day Friday. “It looked like it was going to be a high of 45 and we could have thundershowers and everything else and, knock on wood, we haven’t had any yet. It warmed up to about 50, the wind’s not really that tough today. It’s as good as I could hope for. And the course is always in great shape, they do a great job out here.”

“Well, weather-wise, we caught a break. Looking at the weather yesterday it looked like we would have some weather moving in, but we’re going to get them all in. It’s good for the kids,” said Rick Fleming, General Manager and Director of Golf at Metamora Golf and Country Club. “The course came out of the winter really well, which is good, leading into this event. This is the first large event that we host annually, so the golf course itself is in very good shape. A little wet in spots, but we played pick, clean and place through the green out there. The wind wasn’t as windy as it can be or has been in the past, so based on the temperature, I think that’s good for the kids.”

By 3 p.m. the golfers had about six holes to go with cloudy conditions and the temperature at 54. Rain was predicted to begin around 5 p.m. — L.P.

OTHER SCORES

LakeVille

The Falcons opened the season on Wednesday with a loss to New Lothrop. LakeVille was led by Hunter Burgett’s 64 while Scott Williams shot a 67. Ella McFarland carded a 75 and Kory Knickerbocker rounded it out with a 77.

“Rough course conditions and higher than normal winds,” said LakeVille coach Mike Hillis. — B.P.

Lapeer

The Lightning opened their season on a positive note by defeating both Holly and Oxford during a tri-match on Wednesday. Lapeer carded a team-total 158 while Oxford had a 177 and Holly a 187.

Carson Butterfield was the medalist on the day with a par-36 round. Caleb Keast followed with a 39 while Dylan Mullaney and Mason Cooper both carded 42s.

Lapeer hosted the Lapeer Tune Up on Friday and is slated to compete at the first Saginaw Valley League tournament of the season on Wednesday at Bay County Golf Club. — A.V.

North Branch

The Broncos were slated to open their season at Millington on Wednesday, but the match was canceled due to weather. North Branch will be at Birch Run on Wednesday. — A.V.

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