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History! LOHS boys golf team wins first state title

History! LOHS boys golf team wins first state title

For 18 years as the boys golf head coach, Monty Gallaher watched other Lake Orion High School sports teams achieve great success.

Now his LOHS team has joined that exclusive club, becoming just the 11th athletics team (seventh in an MHSAA-sanctioned sport) to win a state championship.

The Dragons accomplished the feat in resounding fashion on June 8 at The Fortress Golf Course in Frankenmuth, Mich., crushing the field, by shooting a 606 over the two days, 11 strokes ahead of second-place Grosse Pointe South.

“I just feel kind of, a little numb right now,” Gallaher said in the moments after receiving the state championship trophy. “I’ve known that we could do this. We’re just a great team. But finally seeing it happen is just, oh my gosh, it’s winner, winner chicken dinner right here in Frankenmuth.”

There was a cherry (or some mashed potatoes) on top as junior Justin Sui grabbed the tournament’s medalist honors, shooting three-under-par for the two-day tournament, sealing it on the second playoff hole.

“I had a little nerves, that I could win it on the first (playoff) hole, but it’s fine, two putts and go to the next,” Sui said.

On that next hole, Sui cruised to the green and sunk a seven-footer to seal the win, leading to big hugs from his teammates as the rest of the tournament teams and spectators surrounded the green.

All he could think: “Give it a good chance and hope I could make it.”

The Dragons had sewn up the team title much earlier, opening a 10-shot lead after the first round June 7 and spent most of June 8 just hanging on.

But even having to sleep on the lead in their own Orion beds after Day 1, it was a thrill sealing the deal.

“This is just a great moment,” said the LOHS captain, senior Drew Coble, who finished in a tie for fourth among the individuals. “We worked very hard for this all season long. We dreamed about this all through the year. We started kind of slow, we built up momentum and when (senior Andrew) Remer came back, we had a great year.”

Despite the dream, Coble stayed focused all day, not realizing it would actually happen until Gallaher finally let him in on the secret on No. 17 that everyone else knew: the Dragons had a 12-shot lead and were about to become champions.

“The nerves,” Gallaher said. “I’m a very calm person, but I can’t imagine what these kids were going through.”

Something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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Mlive story (June 8, 2019)

MHSAA story (June 8, 2019)

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2019 LOHS Golf Championship
 

2019 MHSAA LP Division 1 Boys Finals

The Fortress - Frankenmuth

June 7-8

 

Final Team Standings

(First Day - Second Day - Total)

1.            Lake Orion - 294 - 312 - 606

2.            Grosse Pointe South - 317 - 300 - 617

3.            Rockford - 313 - 308 - 621

4.            Detroit Catholic Central - 304 - 319 - 623

5.            Hartland - 315 - 309 - 624

6.            Clarkston - 310 - 316 - 626

7.            Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice - 310 - 318 - 628

8.            Bloomfield Hills - 325 - 321 - 646

9.            Warren De La Salle - 336 - 312 - 648

10.          Caledonia - 323 - 327 - 650

11.          Ann Arbor Skyline - 324 - 329 - 653

12.          Ann Arbor Pioneer - 329 - 325 - 654

13.          Hudsonville - 326 - 335 - 661

14.          Romeo - 344 - 324 - 668

15.          Grand Blanc - 339 - 331 - 670

16.          Lapeer - 351 - 339 - 690

17.          Okemos - 352 - 356 - 708

18.          Dexter - 355 - 360 - 715

 

Top Individuals

(First Day - Second Day - Total)

*1.          Justin Sui, Lake Orion - 71 - 70 - 141

2.            Coalter Smith, Grosse Pointe South - 71 - 70 - 141

3.            Carter Housler, Grand Ledge - 70 - 74 - 144

4.            Drew Coble, Lake Orion - 70 - 75 - 145

4.            Tommy Sullivan, Grosse Pointe South - 73 - 72 - 145

6.            Bryce Brief, Hartland - 70 - 77 - 147

6.            Davis Codd, Brighton - 73 - 74 - 147

8.            Kevin Healy, Rockford - 75 - 74 - 149

9.            Johnny Melstrom, Birmingham Brother Rice - 73 - 77 - 150

10.          Carter Cojei, Detroit Catholic Central - 78 - 73 - 151

 

*Justin Sui won a playoff, beating Coalter Smith on the 2nd hole.

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