CHSL boys golf: Catholic Central team the 'best six,' but Rice sophomore's ace steals show
May 17, 2019
ROCHESTER — Detroit Catholic Central can claim the “best six.”
Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice can boast of having the “best one.”
Shamrocks coach Mike Anderson said he sent his “best six” to the Catholic High School League boys golf championship May 13 at Oakland University's Katke-Cousins Golf Course.
They proved his judgment to be right — by one stroke — over runner-up Brother Rice for the Shamrocks’ 16th CHSL title, its second in the last three years.
“We have 25 boys on the varsity,” Anderson said. “They’re all playing today.”
A dozen were assigned to a tournament at Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield, and the others at Tulleymore near Mt. Pleasant.
“I just mix and match,” he said.
The mix he sent to the CHSL meet consisted of two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen. Only eight strokes separated them.
Freshman Dhruv Kumar shot a 76, junior Carter Cojei had an 80, freshman Neil Zhu 81, sophomore Jack Guererra 81, senior Kyle Sabo 82, senior Kaleb Wiesner 84.
Catholic Central’s winning total was 318. Only the top four golfers’ scores count in competition.
Brother Rice sophomore Colin O’Rourke turned in the best individual performance, even more remarkable on a damp and cold morning with a sprinkle of sleet thrown in.
He made a hole-in-one and was the only one to shoot 72 par.
“It was my first one ever,” he said. The slender 16-year-old has been playing golf half his life. “It was unbelievable.”
He used a 56-degree wedge on the 156-yard 12th hole. The ball landed behind the hole “and it spun back. It was cool.”
“I love to play golf,” Colin said. He practices up to two hours a day, spending 80 percent of the time with his short irons and the remainder on other clubs. He said he averages 280-290 yards on his drives.
“This summer I’ll be playing in a lot of tournaments.”
His brother, Branden, a Rice alum, is a freshman on the Detroit Mercy golf squad.
Ann Arbor Fr. Gabriel Richard won the Division 2 championship, its 13th in school history, by five strokes over Clarkston Everest Collegiate, 344-349.
Making up the Fighting Irish team were sophomore Joe Renfer with 82, sophomore Jordan Garypie 83, senior Tommy Heegan 88, sophomore Anthony Krakowiak 91, senior Joe Mackinnon 91, and freshman Brady Walsh 91.
Everest’s senior Mitch Lowney led Division 2 with a 76, the only player to break 80.
Here’s the rest of the team standings with the team’s leading shooter:
2nd – Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice 319 (Sophomore Colin O'Rourke 72)
3rd – Warren De La Salle 326 (Sophomore Ethan Tran 79)
4th – Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 327 (Senior Charlie Eriksen 76)
5th – Detroit U-D Jesuit 349 (Senior Ryan Batcheller 80)
6th – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep 358 (Junior Jack Stanley 79)
7th – Dearborn Divine Child 383 (Junior Mahmoud Saad 91)
8th – Macomb Lutheran North 399 (Senior Jimmy Ferns 93)
2nd – Clarkston Everest Collegiate 349 (Senior Mitch Lowney 76)
3rd – Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 350 (Senior Spencer Lukas 83)
4th – Ann Arbor Greenhills 378 (Freshman Beau Brewer 92)
5th – Royal Oak Shrine 380 (Freshman Jeff Andrus 86)
6th – Allen Park Cabrini 399 (Senior Alex Teed 94)
7th – West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 403 (Senior Joey Gordon 83)
8th – Riverview Gabriel Richard 411 (Junior Jenna Demarco 95)
9th – Madison Heights Bishop Foley 422 (Senior Michael Galbenski 101)