Liggett's district tournament golfers are Jeff Shell, Thomas Peracchio, Luke Soyka, Paul Sidhu and Stephen Campau. Photo courtesy of Dan Sullivan
May 29, 2014The University Liggett boys' golf team endured a traffic jam on not just one freeway, but three, before turning its sights on a Division 4 district tournament at Heather Highlands Golf Course in Holly, just south of Flint.
The top six in the 12-team field advanced to the regional tournament and when the final scores were tallied, Liggett won the title with a score of 333.
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian was a close second, posting a 334, followed by Clarkston Everest Collegiate at 336, Jewish Academy at 361, Lutheran Northwest at 379 and Parkway Christian at 380.
Junior Stephen Campau tied for second with a 78 and junior Thomas Peracchio had an 83. Oakland Christian senior John VanNoord was the medalist, shooting a 77.
Other Knights who shot well were junior Paul Sidhu, posting an 84, followed by juniors Luke Soyka and Jeff Shell with a pair of 88s.
"The best four scores were 333," head coach Dan Sullivan said. "After the top three players from Everest Academy posted, we were in an absolute tie with each player posting the exact same score.
"Fortunately our 4th and 5th scores (Jeff and Luke) posted 88s, four strokes better than Everest, so we were a solid lock for second."
Sullivan said Oakland Christian, ranked fourth in the state, started coming on strong, but once again the Knights used their solid No. 4 and 5 scores to win by a stroke.
"All year, and every year, the "mantra" by coach Don Hankins and myself is that "every stroke counts — so never give up on a hole," Sullivan said. "Simply put, that idea was never more appropriate than today.
"We won the district tournament today for the first time in 7 years by just one stroke. It raised our record against Oakland Christian in the last six years for 18-hole tournaments to a whopping 2-31; or as I like to say — we are now 1-0 this year against them in the playoffs this year."
The other teams competing in the tournament were Bishop Foley, Birmingham Roeper, Royal Oak Shrine, Southfield Christian, Dryden and Marine City Cardinal Mooney.
Coming up for Liggett is a regional tournament Friday, May 30, at Westwynd Golf Club. The top three teams advance to the state finals the following weekend.