Girls Varsity Golf
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 27, 2021
The Linden Girls Varsity Golf Team had a day that will be remembered for as long as golf is played at Linden. The Eagles defeated perennial league powers Fenton and Goodrich along with the other nine teams that competed in The 2021 Flint Metro League Championship Tournament on Monday (9/27). The Metro League Championship Tournament was held at Springfield Oaks Golf Course in Davisburg. Linden shot a school Metro League Tournament record overall score of 348. The victory in the tournament combined with the team's 10-1 record in Metro League matches means that Linden is the 2021 overall Metro League Champion for the first time since 2008.
Linden was tied with Fenton and Goodrich for first place in the league entering today's league tournament. All three schools had a 10-1 record with Linden beating Fenton, Fenton beating Goodrich, and Goodrich beating Linden by one stroke in earlier matches this season. So the winner between those three schools at the tournament was going to win the overall league championship. It was Linden that took home all the titles with their school record round 348. Goodrich was second for the tournament with a 354, and Fenton finished third shooting 376. Those were the same positions for the final overall league standings.
Of the 66 players that competed for the 12 Metro League schools at the event all four of Linden's players who scored for the team finished in the top ten individually.
Emma Lurvey won the individual tournament championship with a score of 84. It was the lowest tournament round of the senior's career, and to do it on a day that wins your school a league championship is so very special. It speaks to her talent and resolve. What makes it even more special and in fact poignant and moving is that while Lurvey was in the middle of playing the tournament winning round her beloved grandfather Bill Lurvey passed away, succumbing to multiple years long health struggles. It was her grandpa that helped introduce her to the game and helped encourage her love for it. She has been playing for him this entire season and her successes this year brought him some of the final joys of his life. What an amazing tribute to her grandpa today's round was. That she won the Metro League Tournament on this day is beyond special. Emma was not notified of her grandfather's passing until after the round. Based on her great round and her solid play all season long Lurvey earned All Metro League 1st Team honors.
Next in the scoring for Linden and finishing runner-up for the tournament was senior Ella LaMothe, who shot 85, the lowest tournament round of her career. LaMothe earned All Metro League 1st Team honors, a season long award. She missed the 1st team last year by a single stroke over the entire seasons play. To follow up that disappointment by having an even better season, leading the Eagles in team average most of the entire year, finishing second in the league tournament, shooting the best round of her career, and leading her team to a league championship is more proof of what a special season LaMothe has had so far and what a great competitor and player LaMothe is.
Next up for Linden in the tournament scoring was senior Cate Draper. Draper tied the lowest tournament round of her career with an 87. Her score was good for 4th place in the Metro League Tournament field of 66 players. It also helped to earn her a spot on the All Metro League 1st Team. Draper's solid, steady play and calm demeanor was a key factor in today's victory and also in the team's season long success. Another wonderful student athlete.
Kaitlyn Straub shot a 92, which was good for a tie for 9th place in the tournament, joining the previously mentioned Linden team members in the top ten for the event. While not the best round of her career Straub battled all day from the number one position and set the tone for the day that Linden was there to compete and there to take home both the tournament and season titles. It has been a special season so far from a special person and athlete. It included an even par round of 36 earlier in a match win versus Fenton. The lowest nine holes played by any player in the Metro League the entire season.
All four of the scorers for Linden today and for the entire season finished not only in the top ten for the Metro League Tournament but also made up four of the ten players on the season long awarded All Metro League 1st Team. Linden pretty much dominated the entire league for the entire season. Again this speaks to the perseverance and talent of this group of athletes.
Senior Brooke Goll shot a 102, the lowest round of her career. With her tournament round and with other season scores she earned a spot on the All Metro League Honorable Mention Team. Junior Emma Most carded a 108. Both are part of the same season long core of six players that will now go down as one of the great teams in Linden Golf history. That is already established. Now if the Eagles can manage to secure a spot in the State Finals after their regional tournament next Monday, something they fully intend to work for over the next week and then accomplish, it will be hard to see how they wouldn't be considered the GREATEST team in Linden Girl's Golf history.