Grace women win first tourney of year
Grace’s women’s golf team picked up its first tournament win at the Pure Michigan Invitational.
The Lady Lancers dominated the field of six, placing four golfers in the top-five overall. Grace’s 305 was 30 strokes better than the second-place finisher Lawrence Tech (335).
Lucy Young and Carolyn Pacocha tied for the overall lead with a round of 74 with Young taking the medalist honor.
Rachel Harvey finished third in the field with a 77, and Rebecca Hawes was fifth with an 80. Abby Slabaugh rounded out Grace’s scoring with an 89.
On the B team, Olivia Shaw’s 87 and Abigail Fishel’s 88 paced the squad. Jalee Nunemaker (94), Brittney Klotz (98) and Julia Hildebrand (113) wrapped up the top five.
“We played very well today. I thought we drove the ball as well as any team I’ve ever watched,” said Grace head coach Denny Duncan. “This team is still young, and we’ve been inconsistent at times, but I’m excited about our potential. I believe we will continue getting better throughout the year.”
The Lady Lancers return to the course on Sept. 30 with the Valparaiso Invitational.
Grace men take on Michigan tournament
Grace’s men’s golf team played its longest tournament of the fall to date with the Spring Arbor Invitational.
The Lancers placed seventh out of 14 teams over three rounds at the Grande Golf Club.
Noah Wright just missed a top-10 showing. The junior had the two lowest rounds of the tournament for Grace, carding 73-71-81 which placed 11th out of 68 golfers.
Camden Gongwer and Blake Lawson were the pictures of consistency across 54 holes. Gongwer’s score (80-76-77) varied just four strokes between rounds, and Lawson was even less with a two-stroke difference (78-79-77).
Payton Kelly finished with a 243, highlighted by a second-round 76, and Parker Wilburn ended the tourney with a 251.
The Lancers are next at the Bethel Invitational on Oct. 5-6.