Brothers Stalcup Pace Division 4 Field as Everest Collegiate Climbs Again

June 10, 2023

BATTLE CREEK – The battle within the battle that decided the Lower Peninsula Division 4 championship Saturday was not an unfamiliar one for the Stalcup brothers.

Just 10 days ago the Stalcup boys led Clarkston Everest Collegiate to a team Regional championship while matching up to finish first and second individually, senior Remy followed by sophomore Parker, separated by just two strokes.

This weekend at Battle Creek’s Bedford Valley, the results were nearly identical. The Stalcups led Everest to the Division 4 Final championship – the program’s first since 2017 and after the Mountaineers finished runner-up a year ago. And the Stalcups finished first and second individually – Remy shooting a two-round 142 to finish Finals medalist for the second time, and Parker just six strokes back in second place.

Clarkston Everest Collegiate golf“It’s pretty awesome to do it a second time in my high school career,” said Remy Stalcup, who also claimed the individual title in 2021. “He had me on the ropes a little bit down the stretch, but I pulled it out.”

Everest shot a 315 on Friday to bring a 10-stroke team lead into the final round, and finished with a 625 – 17 strokes clear of runner-up Hillsdale Academy.

Remy Stalcup shot a 70 on Friday to lead individually by six strokes with 18 holes to play. But when Parker Stalcup birdied No. 13 on Saturday, he pulled within two of the lead – and then Remy bogeyed No. 14, cutting his advantage to a single stroke.

“I was about to beat you, but it didn’t happen,” Parker Stalcup said as he and his brother interviewed together after the round was complete. “I thought I had him going into 14, and then I just hit a couple of bad drives, which led to some bogeys. And I just lost it from there.”

Hillsdale Academy’s Rykert Frisinger and Maple City Glen Lake’s Blake O’Connor tied for third, shooting 150s. Everest sophomore Will Pennanen bolstered the Mountaineers’ effort with a 155 to tie for seventh individually.

Hillsdale Academy golf“Remy is the captain of the team … (and) the team chased him so it makes the whole team better, chasing him all the time,” Everest coach David Smith said. “And he’s actually become a great leader. So he’s actually encouraging them and actually taught them a bit about his game … and he’s encouraging and voting for them to make birdies and go after him. It’s a good bunch of kids that follow him around, and that’s why we were successful.”

Remy Stalcup had tied for third and Parker had tied for 15th at last season’s Final as the team finished runner-up to Lansing Christian.

Remy was the only senior in the team’s lineup this weekend, and Parker said he and his teammates will be ready to pursue a repeat title.

“He’s a little Pac-Man. That guy’s just going to chew people up. He doesn’t stop (for) nothing,” Smith said of the younger Stalcup. “’He’s always looks forward, never looks backward.

“He’s going to be good for a long, long time. He may be better than his brother at the end of the day. We’ll see.”

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