Tribe caps season with eighth place at state meet

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Tecumseh’s Becca Nowak (l-r), Paige Watkins, Anneka Hart, Leigh Kapnick and Carley LaPlant placed eighth at state. Photo courtesy of Roger Hart.

Tecumseh’s varsity girls golf team finished its season placing eighth in the Division 3 state championship tournament at Bedford Valley near Battle Creek on Saturday Oct. 20.

The Indians had a two-day total score of 767 (390, 377) for eighth place while Forest Hills Eastern placed first with 710 (367, 343): BH Cranbrook-Kingswood was second with 712 (355, 357) and Detroit Country Day (363, 350) and Gross Ile (349, 364) tied for third with 713.

The top 10 individual placers received medals. Natalie Blazo of Dearborn Divine Child was the low card shooter with 157 (81, 76). Two golfers tied for second place, Clio’s Ayla Bogie (164) and BH Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Cordelia Chan (164). Linden’s Julie Guckian was fourth (166): Forest Hills Eastern’s Henna Singh (167), fifth; BH Cranbrook-Kingswood’s Greer Clausen (168), sixth and four tied for seventh place, Jordan DuVall (Forest Hills Eastern, 169), Ellie Miller (Detroit Country Day, 169), Kylee Nemetz (Hastings, 169) and Katherine Kazmiak (Grosse Ile, (169).

Tecumseh’s Paige Watkins tied for 11th place individually with a two-day total of 171. She shot 85 on the first day and an 86 on day two.

Becca Nowak carded 95 the first day of the tournament but shot a personal best 87 on day two for a 182 total for the Indians.

“Becca had an outstanding day,” said Tecumseh coach Kerry Smith. “She was focused and firing at the pins. And while Paige was unhappy with her round today, I think an 11th place finish out of 90 of the best golfers in our division in the state is quite a feat.”

Tecumseh’s Carley LaPlant shot 106 and 97 (203) while Anneka Hart carded 112 and 107 (219). Leigh Kapnick rounded out Tecumseh’s scores with 104 and 116 rounds for a total of 220.

“I am so proud of this team,” said Smith. “I told the girls to go out and have fun and I saw a lot of smiles throughout the day. It’s bittersweet because the girls knew this was the last time they’d be playing together as a team.”




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