Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood finished first (328) in the Division 3 girls golf regional Wednesday at Holly Meadows Golf Course to win its second consecutive regional.
Goodrich (330) and Warren Regina (351) rounded out the top three, also qualifying for the state tournament.
Cranbrook-Kingswood coach Mark Moyer knew he had a strong team that could compete this year. He sensed it back in August with the strides his players were making.
Those strides paid off today.
“Based on our tournament scores earlier in the year, I knew we could contend,” he said. “But I also knew there would be strong competition. We were fortunate to come out on top of the regionals. I could tell that the girls had made nice improvements.”
Cranbrook’s Kate Cao led with a 79, followed by senior Molly Wiener with an 80. Carmen Chan also finished in the top five with an 81.
“She has a balanced game,” Moyer said about Cao. “Her short game might be her strength. The short game is really the key to anybody’s success. In the last three or four events, she really came around.”
Cranbrook went 13-2 overall and finished tied for second (9-2) in the Catholic High School League, and the key to success has been the team's balance.
“In the past, we’ve depended on one or two players,” Moyer said. “But this year, we got one through four who contributed. That’s been the key.”
Goodrich was led by Taylor Harding and Sydni Harding, who each shot 78. Warren Regina was led by Lucy Cornwell (81).
Kara Likins (St. Clair) and Gabriella Locke (Armada) each shot 80, and Danielle Staskowski (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep) carded an 82 to qualify as individuals for the state tournament.
MLive.com, October 7, 2015