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Knights happy with finals performance



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University Liggett’s golf team, composed of, from left, Luke Soyka, Thomas Peracchio, Joey Maniaci, Paul Sidhu, Stephen Campau, Josh Soyka, assistant coach Don Hankins and head coach Dan Sullivan, prepare to leave for the Division 4 state finals.
June 20, 2013
University Liggett’s boys’ golf team finished 15th in last weekend’s Division 4 state tournament at Michigan State University Forest Akers East golf course.

The Knights had a two-day total of 686 (348-338).

“We were by far the youngest team at the tournament with five sophomores starting on Friday and then Joey (Maniaci) subbing in on Saturday,” head coach Dan Sullivan said. “On Friday we lowered our regional score by three strokes and then Saturday lowered it by another 10 shots.

“We had nothing to lose and lots of experience to be gained. Hopefully this will be a building process for the next two years.”

Kalamazoo Hackett ran away with the state championship, winning by 21 strokes over Saginaw Nouvel. Hackett shot a 600 and Nouvel had a 621.

Suttons Bay was third with a 630, followed by New Lothrop with a 642, Fowler with a 657, Pentwater with a 659, North Muskegon with a 663, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian with a 663, Hillsdale Academy with a 668, Lincoln Alcona with a 669, St. Thomas More with a 679, Harbor Springs with a 681, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest with a 683 and Concord with a 685.

The Knights were led by Stephen Campau, who shot a pair of 78s to finish with a 156.

Paul Sidhu shot a 173 (89-84), followed by Luke Soyka with a 176 (89-87), Thomas Peracchio with a 181 (92-89) and Maniachi with a 189 (93-96).

Hackett’s Ted Rider and Manistee Catholic Central’s Zack Bialik tied for medalist honors with a 142, but Rider won with a par on the second playoff hole.

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