Girls Varsity Golf
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 4, 2021
They've done it. The Linden Girls Varsity Golf Team finished 3rd in the MHSAA Division II Regional Tournament on Monday (10/4) to earn a spot in next week's MHSAA Division II State Finals. The Regional Tournament was played at Groesbeck Golf Course in Lansing in extremely rainy, soaked, tough conditions. It featured by far one of the strongest fields at any regional tournament held in the state. Regular state powers like South Lyon, Haslett, Mason, and Fenton. Rain fell during most of the round and because of how wet the golf course was it played extremely long. Linden shot a team score of 364. They were edged out by perennial state power South Lyon who shot 343 and Haslett who shot 352. The top three schools advance to the State Finals and that's just what the Eagles did. Linden will play Friday (10/15) and Saturday (10/16) in the two round MHSAA Division II State Finals Tournament. Both rounds will be held at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek.
What this does to put simply is cement this group of athletes as the greatest team in the history of the Linden Girls Golf Program. They continue to exceed expectations and impress both their supporters and opponents alike. Between setting the school 9 hole and 18 hole records over the course of the season, winning the Flint Metro League championship, and now qualifying for the State Finals for the first time since 2012, the title of best team in school history is theirs, and it is well deserved. These core group of five seniors that competed Monday have worked their entire high school careers, both in season and off, to go from a team that would often shoot some of the highest scores in the state, to a team that will now compete with the best in the state, at the most prestigious tournament Michigan has to offer for high school players.
Linden was led in the Regional Tournament by senior Ella LaMothe. LaMothe led the team as she has for a great part of the past two seasons by recording 11 pars on her way to an 82 and a sixth place finish individually in the tournament. Had Linden not qualified as a team, LaMothe would have qualified for the State Finals as an individual. If not for a balky putter today, the round could have been even much lower. She hit green after green in regulation in what is now the personal best round of her high school career. Not a bad tournament to shoot your best high school score.
Next in scoring for Linden was senior Cate Draper. Draper shot an 89 which was good for 10th place individually in the event. Draper has been such a solid, steady player for the Eagles all season and it showed today what kind of athlete she is to be able to shoot one of her best rounds under the most pressure of the season. Draper made two birdies in the round, the only two birdies for Linden all day in what again was a super tough, super long golf course.
Senior Kaitlyn Straub played yet another quality, gutsy round of golf, shooting an even bogey 90 to put her in 11th place individually. Straub has earned too many accolades this year to list, including an even par round of 36 to lead Linden in it's victory over Fenton this year; the lowest round during the entire season of any Metro League player. Now she can add helping lead her team to the Michigan State Finals to the list.
Emma Lurvey had a tough day on the course after a long, emotional week filled with incredible highs and lows. Just last Monday she won the Metro League Tournament and also lost her beloved grandfather on the same day. Then on Friday Emma was voted the Linden High School Homecoming Queen by her schoolmates. A let down was almost inevitable after a week like that. Still the senior battled unitl the end of the round and was able to come in with a 103 for the final score that counted for Linden, thus securing their State Final appearance. If Lurvey doesn't respond with a much better round during the State Finals it would be absolutely shocking.
Senior Brooke Goll shot a 108 and if her score was used, Linden would still have made the top 3 and advanced to the State Finals. Goll has played in every single event for the Eagles this season, providing a steady presence for the veteran team.
These five seniors have achieved more for their school than even the most optimistic supporters of Linden Golf could have hoped for. Their legacy is now cemented. They are simply put the greatest team in the history of the Linden Girls Golf program. The Immortals.