June 13, 2013The University Liggett boys’ golf team advanced to the Division 4 state championship tournament this weekend.
The Knights entered regional play ranked 10th out of the 12 teams competing at Lake Forrest Golf Club.
The top three teams moved to the finals and the other nine ended their seasons.
Head coach Dan Sullivan watched his golfers go through a solid practice schedule. Focus and a renewed confidence were on every Knights’ face as they arrived at the course.
Sullivan said his team displayed the characters younger, inexperienced players have during the pressure of the state playoffs. He was right as the Knights finished fifth in the district and 24 strokes behind winner, Southfield Christian.
Liggett advanced by finishing third with a 351, with the all-sophomore crew of Stephen Campau, Paul Sidhu, Thomas Perrachio and Luke Soyka leading the charge.
Campau led the team with an 83, followed by Sidhu with an 88, Peracchio with an 89 and Soyka with a 91.
The Knights improved by 27 strokes as they beat Southfield Christian by three strokes, sending it home for the summer.
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian won the regional with a 334 and Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest was second at 350.
Everest Collegiate was fourth with a 353, followed by Southfield Christian with a 354, Franklin Road Christian with a 355, Plymouth Christian with a 356, Ann Arbor Greenhills with a 359, Jackson Christian with a 369, Riverview Gabriel Richard with a 374, Adrian-Madison with a 381 and Allen Park Inter-City Baptist with a 390.
The three individuals who made the finals from non-qualifying teams were Wyatt Spalding of Petersburg-Summerfield, Frank Holecek of Southfield Christian and Phillip Isbell of Franklin Road Christian.
Liggett competes in the Division 4 state tournament Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers East.