In a landslide victory at the Wolverine Conference Championship at Cheshire Hills Golf Course in Allegan, the defending league champion Sturgis girls golf team made it three conference crowns in a row with a landslide victory.
After winning all eight regular-season jamborees, the Trojans scored a 360 to beat runner-up Allegan by 34 strokes. Three Rivers, led by individual medalist Erin Taylor (79), was third with 401. It was Taylor’s best 18-hole round of her career.
The round of 360 was the fourth-best score in Sturgis program history and three players shot personal-low scores. Rachel Webb and Carli Sanford both carded a score of 88 — a record for Sanford — in a tie for second place.
Three Rivers’ Heidi Hines was fifth with 90, Katie Horn (Sturgis) tied for sixth with a 91, and teammate Rylie Miller was ninth with a personal-best 93. Hope Off finished with her best career 18-hole score of 99.
“It was less than ideal conditions today as the teams endured steady rain and a lengthy rain delay,” said Sturgis coach Ken Schau, who was named Wolverine Conference Coach of the Year. “Sturgis placed all 5 girls in the top 12 on the day. Rachel Webb and Carli Sanford each shot an 88 (PB-Carli Sanford). “I’m very proud of the girls. They have worked very hard for this and winning the conference was one of our goals. Shooting a 360 in a conference championship is pretty impressive in my mind.”
Players in the top 10 made the All-Wolverine Conference Team. Along with Sturgis’ Ogg, Three Rivers’ Sara Haydon was 12th overall with a personal-best 99 for honorable mention.
Up next for the Trojans and Wildcats is the MHSAA Division 2 regional at Island Hills Golf Club on Oct. 11.