Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Blue Devils finish strong in finals

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

June 20, 2013

The Grosse Pointe South boys’ golf team tied for ninth in last weekend’s Division 1 state tournament at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West.

Battle Creek Lakeview won a tiebreaker over Plymouth to win the state title. Both teams had a two-day total of 601.

Muskegon Mona Shores and Novi Detroit Catholic Central tied for third with a 610, followed by Traverse City West and Saline with a 617, Hartland with a 620, White Lake Lakeland with a 622, and Rochester Adams and Grosse Pointe South with a 629.

The rest of the field included Utica Eisenhower, 631; Rockford, 636; U-D Jesuit, 645; Canton, 652; and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, 658.

Leading the way for the Blue Devils and head coach Rob McIntyre was Joe Becker, who was ninth with a 150. He shot a 77 the first day and bettered that with a 73 on day two.

“I was happy with our improvement from day one to day two,” McIntyre said. “We did what I expected and moving up a spot on the second day was a nice accomplishment.”

Kyle Rodes of Plymouth won a three-hole playoff with a birdie on the third playoff hole over Lakeland’s Alex Kleckner. Both shot a 143.

Other scorers for the Blue Devils were Jeffrey Craig with a 155 (79-76), David Szymanski with a 163 (84-79), Jonathan Theros with a 166 (79-87) and Reis Becker with a 170 (88-82).

Last year, South was seventh in the state finals, shooting a 620 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University as Joe Becker tied for fourth with a 148, and in 2010 it was 14th with a 619 at Forest Akers East.

“We have to be cognizant of making sure we work hard to succeed and not just expect it to happen,” McIntyre said. “I’m proud of the guys for working hard on the course and in the classroom, and I highly stress the kids who want to play compete in other courses than their “home” course.”