Catherine Loftus showed she’s one of Michigan’s top high school golfers and senior Margaret Wood came up big as Saline won the MHSAA golf regional at Washtenaw Golf Club in Ypsilanti Oct. 5.
Loftus fired a 76 – three strokes better than her nearest competitor – as she won the individual title. Saline’s top four golfers finished with a score of 351 to tie top-ranked Novi for first place. The tie breaker was the fifth-golfer. Margaret Wood shot 102, four better than Novi’s Reika Fujiwara, to give Saline the championship.
Sydney Page and Stephanie Schick each shot 91 and Molly Pribble shot 93 for Saline.
Coach Debbie Williams-Hoak said that since Loftus shook off an early season slump she’s been one of the best golfers in the state.
“She was struggling a little bit at the beginning of the season, putting pressure on herself. She just needed to learn to trust her swing and trust her game. She had a couple alignment issues she worked out. Now she’s gained confidence and it just snowballs,” Williams-Hoak said. “She’s one of the top players in the state. She works hard and she’s an unbelievable competitor.”
And while many of Saline’s top golfers didn’t have their best day, the team’s depth still came through.
“That’s the third time this year we’ve won because of Marge’s score,” Williams-Hoak said.
Williams-Hoak said Saline’s 2-3-4 golfers struggled on a tough course.
“I was out there telling them to stay positive. This is a difficult course. Stay positive. Don’t lose a shot because you’re mad or upset. That’s something we want to work on if we want to be one of the best teams in the state,’ she said.
Williams-Hoak said she was proud of the team for finding a way to win. Still, she expects more.
I’m so happy for the girls and what they’ve accomplished. On the other hand, you want to see them be their best and you hate to see them shoot scores that aren’t indicative of the types of players there are,” she said. “The skill level of these girls is as good as anyone in the state.”
Now the team turns its attention to the state tournament, held Friday and Saturday at MSU’s Forest Akers East.
“We can match anybody in the state if we put it all together,” Williams-Hoak said.