Shannon Warner became a high school golf legend at Livonia Churchill with back-to-back MHSAA Finals championships during the springs of 2006 and 2007.
Few since have approached her incredible scores shot during those title runs at Michigan State University.
Warner's two-round 136 at Forest Akers East in the 2006 Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final remains the lowest 36-hole Finals score in MHSAA history, one stroke better than Whitehall's Laura Kueny on that same course in LP Division 3 in 2005. Warner's score also remains five strokes lower than the next lowest in LP Division 1 and Class A history, scores of 141 shot by Rochester's Amy Meier in 2008 and Grandville's Stacy Snider in 1998. Warner's rounds of 67 and 69 in 2006 rank first and tied for third, respectively, in LP Division 1 Finals history for 18 holes.
An individual Finals qualifier in 2006, Warner won by 11 strokes over Meier, Lake Orion's Darby Peters and Grand Blanc's Ashley Bauer. Warner also was an individual qualifier in 2007 when she shot a 145 at Forest Akers West to best Meier by five strokes. Warner's 145 ranks as the fifth-lowest 36-hole Finals score in LP Division 1/Class A history. She then made the 2007 fall Finals with her team (the first LP Girls Golf Finals played in the fall), tying for fifth.
Warner played her first three collegiate seasons at Michigan State University and finished her college career in 2012 at Eastern Michigan University, earning first-team all-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior. She won the Golf Association of Michigan Women's Championship in 2013 and made the match play semifinals of the GAM Women's Amateur Championships last month.
PHOTO: Livonia Churchill's Shannon Warner, then a sophomore, watches a shot during the Lower Peninsula Division 1 Final at Forest Akers East.
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Animal Interference - Listen
In golf – it’s common to hear about birdies, eagles, maybe even an albatross. Or in my case, a snowman. But what if an actual animal interferes with your ball while in play?
There are two kinds of interference.
The first involves a ball still in motion. If you are putting and a squirrel darts out and stops or redirects your putt, you simply get a do-over from the original spot.
Off the green, if a moving ball is stopped or re-directed, you play the ball from where it ultimately stops.
If your ball is stopped and a seagull picks it up and carries it off – you just replace the ball to its original spot and proceed.
It doesn’t happen often, but now you know how to deal with squirrels and seagulls … in addition to birdies and eagles.
(PHOTO by Gary Shook.)