Golf: Pioneer holds off Skyline to win AA City Tournament (see WLAA photo gallery)

The Ann Arbor high school girls’ golf teams met on the links on Wednesday that featured sunny skies, a slight breeze and plenty of good golf and smiles. It also included a very strong Pioneer team and an extremely challenging course, Barton Hills.

“It wasn’t a great day on the course but happy that we won,” said Pioneer Coach Bill Lyle. “I was proud of how hard the girls fought through extremely tough conditions on this very challenging course.”

Pioneer fired a tournament-best 365 to land in first place. Skyline fired a 443 and finished ahead of both Huron and Greenhills (448) by just five strokes.


Senior Amaya Melendez shot an 85 to lead the Pioneers. Sophomore Alysa Zhu shot a 90; freshman Alex Ellender shot a 91; sophomore Mackenzie Rooney carded a 99; senior Jillian Giordano shot a 110; and junior Hayley Marchand fired a 113.

Skyline’s scorecard featured three players just two strokes apart: senior Alison Marshall (107), junior Riya Patchava (108) and freshman Reva Patchava. Senior Katie Maugh shot a 119 and junior Lia Tomilo carded a 123 for the Eagles.

The River Rats featured youth at the top of the lineup card. Freshman Aida Baidel shot a 108 followed by junior Lydia Miteza (112), sophomore Aico Miao (113), junior Sasha Lee (115) and sophomore Varvara Bashkirova (116).

Junior Sabeen Malik led Greenhills with a 98. Two freshmen, Bella Young and Alesha Hassan both fired a 115 for the Gryphons. Sophomore Sarah Horan shot a 120 and junior Aanya Seth shot a 122.