How girls pulled off a Michigan high school golf season during COVID-19 – Detroit Free Press

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How girls pulled off a Michigan high school golf season during COVID-19 – Detroit Free Press


EAST LANSING – At least four girls golf teams were thrilled that COVID-19 did not eliminate their 2020 fall season.

Golf was one of the first sports announced to be played despite the shuttering of school buildings and delays for high school football and the like this fall, and golf completed a relatively normal season Saturday at Forest Akers East and West courses at Michigan State.

Four team champions were crowned under several new rules and protocols. Northville won its third straight Division 1 title; South Lyon took the Div. 2 championship for its first time; Birmingham Marian repeated in Div. 3; and Montague took home its first Div. 4 state championship.

Orianna Bylsma shot 81 on Saturday to lead Montague to the Division 4 state title in the program's fifth year of existence. Montague shot 343 to finish well ahead of runner-up Lansing Catholic, which shot 370 at Forest Akers West.

“I’m just so appreciative to have been able to get this season in,” South Lyon coach Dan Skatzka said. “…We’re very fortunate to have gotten it in and not have any issues all along.

“We had that hanging over us this year in addition to the usual things, so I’m very thankful.”

The most glaring change was reducing the state finals to one 18-hole round. Since 1993, the finals
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