Madison wins girls golf regional to qualify for state tournament

CONCORD – Last year, Madison’s girls golf team came up one shot short of qualifying for the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals. The team that beat them out of that final spot was Concord.

Thursday, at Concord Hills Golf Club, Madison wasn’t able to keep Concord from qualifying for the next week’s state meet, but they were able to keep Concord from winning the Division 4 regional.

“It felt pretty good to beat them,” Trojan golf coach Mary Lesko said.

The Trojans shot a 406 on the day to win the regional title, one shot better than Concord. Columbia Central was the third team from the regional to qualify for the state meet, shooting a 417. CC’s Alissa Fish shot a 79 to have the lowest individual score of the day, eight shots better than the next closest golfer.

Madison won with balance in the cold and wind in Concord. Mari Najar shot a 100, Kayle Wollgamuth a 101, Abby Morris a 102 and Marisa Ramos a 103. Anika Kurichh shot a 107 for Madison.

Lesko said the girls have been working on staying focused and not giving away shots.

“For the last week and a half, since the county tournament especially, we’ve talked a lot about golf course management,” Lesko said. “I reminded them that just because they are standing on the tee box doesn’t mean they have to pull out their driver. Just because they are just short of the green, they didn’t need to take out the Wedge iron. They stuck to the game plan.”

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