Girls Golf: Undefeated Pioneer edges Skyline to win SEC Tournament

The Pioneer girls’ golf team capped off its perfect 13-0 record in the regular season with a first-place finish on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament at Rustic Glen Golf Club in Saline. The Pioneers finished with a team score of 348 to edge talented Skyline for the title. The Eagles shot a 360 to place second.

Pinckney was third (373), Bedford fourth (389), Dexter fifth (399), Jackson sixth (407) and Saline seventh (409). Huron was 11th with a 455.

“We are certainly having a good year so far,” said Pioneer Coach Bill Lyle. “It was a really good day for us even though the weather was terrible.”  

“We competed and thrived today in rainy, windy and chilly conditions,” said Skyline Coach Ashley Mantha.

The top 10 players are named All-Conference and at the top of the scorecard was Pioneer junior Amaya Melendez who shot a tournament-best 78, one stroke better than Bedford’s Emma Mulder. Pioneer had two other players make the All-SEC team: Mackenzie Rooney (87) and Sooah Jung (90).

Skyline, which hosted the event, placed three players on the All-Conference team: Adie Maki (80), Nikki Lama (87) and Cammi Tircio (90).

Pioneer’s winning lineup included Katie Liu and Jillian Giordano who both shot a 93 on the day, and Olivia Lyle who fired a 94.  

The rest of the Skyline scorecard featured Evelynne Crumm (103), Alison Marshall (104) and Grace Hescheles (110).

Huron’s scorecard featured Karli Messer (96), Varvara Bashkirova (120), Aico Miad (132), Lydia Miteza (125) and Olivia Conatser (114). The River Rats placed fifth in the SEC Red.

Pioneer is currently ranked seventh in the state by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association. Northville is ranked first followed by Brighton, Grosse Pointe South, Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills and Rochester Adams.

It’s going to be a very competitive Regional on Oct. 10 at the Links of Novi.

Pioneer, Skyline, Northville, and Plymouth will be among the teams playing for three spots to qualify for the Division 1 State Finals on Oct. 18-19 at Forest Akers West in East Lansing.

Region 2 – Host Novi
Thursday, October 10 at Links of Novi

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