The Saline varsity boys’ golf team placed third on Monday at Pierce Lake Golf Course in Chelsea for the SEC Invitational. The event finishes off the conference’s regular season by putting serious points up for grabs in one final tournament for the conference title.
Skyline won the tournament and the seasons title, followed by Chelsea who finished second in the tournament and second in points.
Going into the event, the Hornets were fourth in points, but after a strong showing they were able to move into third place in the final standings.
“We beat Pioneer and we beat Huron who were ahead of us, but we ended up third,” said Hornets coach Debbie Williams-Hoak.
The Hornets shot a team score of 332, which fell short of the efforts put forward by Skyline, with 318, and Chelsea, who shot 320.
For the Hornets, Josh Brinks shot a team leading 79, Jack Woods had 84, Tim Wagman posted 84, Alex Birkle shot 85, Grant Terris carded 86 and Josh Finn shot 91. The top four scores for every team are counted for the team score.
Senior Josh Brinks and sophomore Jack Woods both finished the season with All-SEC honors, which is decided on performance throughout the SEC regular season and in the conference tournament, very similar to how the team scoring is decided. Brinks finished fourth in conference points and Woods seventh, with the top eight scorers in each division receiving All-Conference honors.
"I am very happy for Josh and Jack making All Conference. They both have had a very good season and this is a great honor for them," Williams-Hoak said.
Going into the season, Williams-Hoak said she didn’t know what to expect from this team because it was such a young group.
“There were a lot of unknowns this year,” Williams-Hoak said. “We have two seniors and two juniors and everybody else is freshman or sophomores, so we have 18 underclassman.”
“Overall, I was very happy with how are younger guys played,” Williams-Hoak said. “Of course, every time we play I want to win and be the best in the conference every year. That is always our goal and when we don’t achieve that it is always disappointing, but you have to taper that with the inexperience of the team.”
Next for the Hornets will be the Regional championship on Wednesday, May 31 at Pineview Golf Course in Ypsilanti. If the Hornets manage to place in the top three in that event, they advance to the state championship, which will be held at Forest Akers West Golf Course, Michigan State’s home golf track.
“If the guys can put everything together, they can be one of the top three teams to make it out of Regionals,” Williams-Hoak said.