The 2016 varsity girls golf team recently ended a great season!
The Comets went to the final CAAC Blue jamboree of the season leading defending champion Okemos by one point. Grant Ledge has finished behind Okemos in the first league event of the year before storming back to win three consecutive jamborees to move into first place heading into the final match.
“The championship match started out with great promise however in the end we did not play our best golf conceding to the defending champs finishing the 2016 campaign Runner-Up in he CAAC Blue Division,” coach Jeff Miller said. “However there was a silver lining to the day and that is we placed four girls on the All Conference First Team then added two more on the Honorable Mention Team.”
The Comet golfers who finished with first team honors included Kaylee Hirschman, Maddie McKinley, Katie Ransom and Freshman Vienne Sereserozl. Teammates Aspen Locker and Lauren Mida finished as honorable mention all-league.
Following the final league meet the girls did not get much rest or anytime to recover from the conference disappointment as the very next the team was off to Hartland to compete in the MHSAA Region 6 Championship tournament.
“This is the first year we were in this region and had very little idea of what to expect,” coach Miller said. “The day again started with tremendous promise and after nine hole we were in second place primed for securing one of the three spots at the State Finals.”
However, in the end the team came up just short of qualifying for the state finals, finishing fifth overall in the tournament. “There were a couple of wonderful things that occurred at the regional among the disappointment of not advancing as a team,” Miller said. “We had two young ladies shoot career rounds. Katie Ransom shot a career best 85 which was helped by an amazing 39 on the back nine, well done Katie!”
Kaylee Hirschman shot a career best 82 which qualified her for the State Finals as an individual. “Kaylee was outstanding and she got the honor or representing Grand Ledge at the Division 1 State Finals at MSU’s Forrest Akers East,” Miller said.
Kaylee did a great job at the state finals, with rounds of 89 and 88 for a total of 177.
“This has been a great season for the Lady Comets one that I hope they will remember, finishing second in the conference, placing 4 girls on the All Conference Team and have one young lady qualify for the State Final is absolutely a season to be proud of,” Miller said. “I would like to credit our seniors (Cassidy Clevenger, Katherine Davidson, Aspen Locker, Lauren Mida & Katie Ransom), as we bid farewell to this fine group of young ladies. We should all take a moment to thank them for the work that they have done over their time with our program. These 5 young ladies have worked very hard they have laid the ground work that has helped build the foundation of a program that will only get better in the years to come, they have shown the younger players the work ethic it takes to succeed and for that we say THANK YOU SENIORS.”