#TBT: Grandville's Grand Performance

By Geoff Kimmerly
MHSAA.com senior editor

September 26, 2014

The MHSAA girls golf tournament has evolved substantially over the last 16 years, with Lower Peninsula teams set to begin Regional play Oct. 8 in one of four divisions – three divisions replaced the two-class system (Class A and B-C-D) in 1999 and the fourth was added a decade later. 

Most of the best scores in MHSAA history have been carded during the division era. But Grandville received an A+ for its performance at Michigan State University's Forest Akers East and West in winning the final Lower Peninsula Class A championship May 29-30, 1998.

The Bulldogs shot a two-round 634, a record-setting score at the time which remains the second-lowest 36-hole Finals score in MHSAA history, behind only the 607 shot by Rochester in 2008. Grandville fired a 309 in the first round, at East, which also remains the second-lowest score for 18 holes to a 296 shot by Rochester during its record-setting run. 

Grandville's round was built on a scores from Stacy Snider (68-73-141), Stephanie Bezilla (75-83-158), Kara Hutton (87-81-168), Ann Licata (81-88-169) and Kelli Gibson (85-97-182). Snider's 141 is tied for fourth-lowest individual 36-hole score in MHSAA Finals history, and her 68 is tied for third-lowest score for 18 holes.

Snider went on to play at MSU and took over this season as coach at Western Michigan University. Bezilla played at the University of Michigan and works in club design for Titleist. Hutton joined Division II Barry University in Florida for its inaugural season and helped it to the NCAA Tournament in 2002.

Grandville was coached by Tom Peddie and also won LP Class A in 1997. 

Potent Pair Lead Cedarville/DeTour Girls to Repeat; Ontonagon Ace Paces Field

By Jason Juno
Special for MHSAA.com

June 1, 2023

HYDE – Cedarville and DeTour have been golfing together for just two years as a co-op – and they already have two Upper Peninsula Girls Golf Finals titles.

The Islanders repeated in Division 3 with a score of 420 on Thursday at Highland Golf Club near Escanaba. That was eight strokes better than runner-up Big Bay de Noc and 16 fewer than third-place Ontonagon.

“It’s nice,” Islanders coach Jeff Autore said. “These girls worked hard. They knew they had a chance to be defending champions. We knew we had a pretty good chance coming in. This was our goal. The girls knew it, they were determined. This is why we practice in the rain and in the snow and in the cold.

Ontonagon’s Emmy Bobula tees off during her championship round.“We expected this and we worked hard for this, and they deserve it.”

For Hayley Kohlmann, who shot a 94, and Taylor Williams, who carded a 107, it was their third-straight team title. Cedarville also won as a standalone team in 2021. 

“They’ve had a pretty good run,” Autore said. “And then we co-opped with DeTour, and Lily Plowman has been our best player all year long. She finished in the top five last year.”

Plowman also shot a 94 on Thursday. She and Kohlmann were two of just three golfers in the field to shoot under 100.

The other was medalist Emmy Bobula of Ontonagon; she shot a 90. All three were over 100 at last year’s Final, held at the same course.

Bobula shot a 113 last year.

“So I really improved this season a lot,” she said. “It was crazy, that was my PR (personal record), so yeah, pretty bonkers.”

It was definitely a good time for such a good performance. She likes playing in tournaments and doesn’t get nervous for them. There’s no bigger tournament than this one for U.P. high school golfers.

Mackinac Island’s Isabella Nitzschke hits out of a tough spot beside a tree. “It’s crazy, it’s kind of surreal,” Bobula said. “I shed a few tears because it’s my senior season. It feels pretty good.”

Her coach Jim Jessup said Bobula wanted to have a big year – and she did.

“She’s a senior, she had drive, she wanted to do things this year and she did them,” Jessup said.

It all started for her Thursday off the tee.

“Probably my drives really saved me,” she said. “I had good drives today, which is probably the best thing and chipping, I did pretty well in chipping today actually.”

Ontonagon’s Madyson Pantti shot a 102 and Camryn Pederson of Big Bay de Noc a 105.

Click for full results.

PHOTOS (Top) Cedarville/DeTour’s Lily Plowman hits out of the sand during Thursday’s UPD3 Final. (Middle) Ontonagon’s Emmy Bobula tees off during her championship round. (Below) Mackinac Island’s Isabella Nitzschke hits out of a tough spot beside a tree. (Photos by Jason Juno.)