2018-05-10 / Sports

Home loss to Leland galvanizes Hursey, Norse

Senior-led Suttons Bay rallies off 3 straight wins
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


SUTTONS BAY golfers started the week on a low note, losing to Leland by three strokes last Wednesday in the Suttons Bay Jamboree at Bahle Farms, but bounced back by winning the Terry Thompson Invitational on Friday, Cardinal Invitational on Sunday and Frankfort Jamboree on Monday. The team is pictured with a trophy after the Terry Thompson Invitational, which was held at the Missaukee Golf Club and featured 17 teams. SUTTONS BAY golfers started the week on a low note, losing to Leland by three strokes last Wednesday in the Suttons Bay Jamboree at Bahle Farms, but bounced back by winning the Terry Thompson Invitational on Friday, Cardinal Invitational on Sunday and Frankfort Jamboree on Monday. The team is pictured with a trophy after the Terry Thompson Invitational, which was held at the Missaukee Golf Club and featured 17 teams. A rude awakening from a familiar foe lit a fire under Thomas Hursey and the Suttons Bay golf team last week.

The Norsemen opened the Northwest Conference campaign last Wednesday by watching reigning champion Leland win by three strokes — on their home course — but bounced back from the second-place showing by reeling off back-to-back-to-back wins.

Suttons Bay turned in a 27-stroke victory in the 17-team Terry Thompson Invitational on Friday, a 31-stroke win in the nine-team Cardinal Invitational on Sunday and a 17-stroke win in the second league match of the season, the Frankfort Jamboree, at Crystal Lake Golf Club on Monday.


THE NEW Leelanau School golf team competed Tuesday in the Kalkaska Blazer Cup Tournament, placing third overall with a score of 200 in a competition that tested both skill and teamwork, coach Anika Eisenstat said. “This is the first time in years we have had a golf team and I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication the boys have shown this season,” Eisenstat said. “We are a small school rebuilding our athletic program, but the Thunderbirds are back in action.” THE NEW Leelanau School golf team competed Tuesday in the Kalkaska Blazer Cup Tournament, placing third overall with a score of 200 in a competition that tested both skill and teamwork, coach Anika Eisenstat said. “This is the first time in years we have had a golf team and I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication the boys have shown this season,” Eisenstat said. “We are a small school rebuilding our athletic program, but the Thunderbirds are back in action.” Hursey captured medalist honors in the latter three events, capping the four-day stretch in Beulah with a 2-over 38.

“I expected us to have an off night on Monday,” said Hursey’s dad, Todd Hursey, who will be one of four coaches inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Hall of Fame tomorrow at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. “We played great on Friday and Sunday. We got back late on Sunday. We looked tired, but they overcame that and scored well. I am impressed with our depth right now.

“The loss to Leland last week was a big motivator for these guys.”

That might be an understatement.

Six of the top-10 golfers in Monday’s 41-player jamboree donned a Suttons Bay uniform. Ethan Sommerfield finished in a tie for second with a 4-over 40; Eli Lewis fired a 42 to finish fifth; Parker LaPointe tied for sixth with a 43; Evan Rohrback recorded a 45 to finish ninth; and Matthew Smith shot a 46, tying Nate Ball and Quinn Maleski of Leland in 10th.

The 163 team score allowed Suttons Bay to breeze past Frankfort and Leland, which turned in scores of 180 and 181, respectively.

“Two teams just played better than us,” Leland coach Nate Sneed said. “It was Frankfort’s home course, and I don’t want to say they have an advantage there, but we struggled on that course last year. Sometimes other guys play better. You tip the cap to Suttons Bay and Frankfort.

“It’s a good thing we have a couple more matches here before regionals.”

Peyton McDonough fired a 43 to finish tied for sixth, leading Glen Lake to a fourth-place finish in the seven-team field.

Golfers will hit the links again today as league play resumes in the rescheduled Benzie Jamboree on Champion Hill at 1 p.m.

Leland and Glen Lake will host their jamborees Tuesday in a doubleheader at Leland Country Club and Manitou Passage at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Norsemen coast in Gaylord

Thomas Hursey stayed hot Sunday in the Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinal Invitational on The Tradition at Treetops Resort.

Hursey fired a 1-over 71 and finished first as Suttons Bay dominated the nine-team field with a 303. The next-closest team was Suttons Bay’s B team, which tallied a 344 and topped third-place Frankfort by three strokes.

Suttons Bay seniors Parker LaPointe, Evan Rohrback and Eli Lewis rounded out the A team’s score with a 74, 79 and 79, respectively. Ethan Sommerfield shot a 73 to lead the B team; Matthew Smith, Cesar Ramirez and Cam Knaub turned in scores of 83, 91 and 97, respectively.

“Ethan Sommerfield is the big story,” Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey said. “For him to shoot a 73 at this point in his career, that’s great.”

The Leelanau School was also among the nine-team field, Todd Hursey said. Scores were not reported at press time.

Hursey, Norse go low in Lake City

On Friday, following a trio of third-place finishes to start his senior season, Thomas Hursey got off the schneid.

Hursey carded an even 71 to capture medalist honors and lead Suttons Bay to its first win of the season in the 17-team Terry Thompson Invitational at Missaukee Golf Club in Lake City.

The Norsemen recorded a 320, rolling past runner-up Manistee by 27 strokes and third-place Leland by 29. Parker LaPointe and Ethan Sommerfield joined Hursey in the top 10 by tallying 11-over 82s while Evan Rohrback rounded out the team score with an 85.

“That’s huge for their confidence,” coach Todd Hursey said when asked of LaPointe and Sommerfield. “That could really make our team tough to beat if they can keep playing well.”

Leland standout Nate Ball joined the trio of top-10 Suttons Bay finishers, firing an 8-over 79. The 349 Leland score included an 88 from Quinn Maleski and 91s from Justin Bardenhagen and Adam Maleski.

Comets edge Norse in NWC debut

Suttons Bay golfers opened the expedited Northwest Conference golf campaign with an impressive feat at Bahle Farms last Wednesday as three Norsemen fired a 40 to share third place in the 41-player field.

Yet, in one of the more unusual spring seasons in recent memory, the third-place trifecta wasn’t enough.

That’s because Leland swooped in for first place on the strength of two 38s from co-medalists Nate Ball and Justin Bardenhagen.

“They were just anxious to get out on the golf course,” Leland coach Nate Sneed said of his team’s 2018 debut. “There wasn’t much of a pump-up speech needed when the boys are itching to get out there so bad.

“It’s a course they’ve all played before and, for a lot of them, it’s their second or third year of varsity golf. That’s what I reminded them of: They’ve been here before. And I applauded them for showing that.”

Leland’s 160 also included a pair of sixth-place 42s from Hank Guest and Quinn Maleski.

Suttons Bay was next in with a 163 in front of Frankfort (182), Glen Lake (191), Onekama (201), Benzie (226) and Kingsley (237).

The trio of third-place Norsemen was Thomas Hursey, Parker LaPointe and Evan Rohrback. Ethan Sommerfield rounded out the team scoring with a 43.

“Leland just came out and took it; 163 is good,” coach Todd Hursey said. “There wasn’t much feeling of disappointment because we played well.”

The only non-county golfer in the top 10 was Will Newbold of Frankfort, who tied Guest and Maleski in sixth.

Gray Raymond led the Lakers with a 46 in his varsity debut, edging Peyton McDonough and brother Brady McDonough by one stroke. Tucker Ewing rounded out the Glen Lake team score with a 51.

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