ALLENDALE – Saline nearly caught Brighton, but Traverse City West pulled away to win the MHSAA Division 1 girls golf final at The Meadows of Grand Valley State University Saturday.
The Hornets shaved three strokes off Friday’s score to finish at 323 Saturday, for a two-day total of 649. Traverse City West won with a two-day score of 626. Brighton carried a 12-stroke lead on Saline after the opening day. Saline whittled it down to one stroke by the end of play Saturday.
It was final high school outing for Saline’s foursome – Catherine Loftus, Molly Pribble, Sydney Page and Stephanie Schick. The foursome was responsible for two straight regional titles and four straight SEC titles.
Saline’s two-day title of 649 was eight strokes better than the 657 that won Saline the state championship in 2010.
Senior Catherine Loftus, the two-time individual regional champion, finished with another round of 75 for a tournament total of 150. She finished for tied for third in the state. Loftus had a pretty even-keeled day. She parred every hole until the tough ninth hole, where she triple bogeyed. She got one stroke back on the 11th when she birdied. She bogeyed the 16th.
Senior Molly Pribble fell back a little bit after a splendid opening day. She shot 84 to finish with a score of 161 – which tied her for 18th. She was off to another good start until, like Loftus, she triple-bogeyed the ninth hole. It seemed to throw her off her game. After going +2 in her first nine holes (she started on 18), she went +6 on the back nine.
Senior Sydney Page shaved one stroke off her day one total to score 82 and finish tied for 26th at 165. Page started a little slow and was +6 after nine holes, but she parred six holes on the back nine.
Senior Stephanie Schick improved by nine strokes on the second day of play. She scored 82 to finish at 173 – which tied her for 43rd. Schick showed some toughness after starting +4 in her first four holes. She rattled off four straight pars. She birdied the 10th hole.
Emily Woodman was yet another Hornet victimized by the ninth hole. Woodman also birdied the par-three seventh whole. She finished at 115. On Friday, senior Gabi Solis was the fifth golfer. She finished her high school golf career with a career-best 94.