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STATE FINALS PREVIEW: Oakland County powers headline Division 1 field WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • The Lake Orion girls golf team poses with the championship trophy after winning the Oakland County Division I championship. Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Troy, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills Mercy all advanced to the Division 1 state tournament out of the Twin Lakes regional. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Rochester emerged from the field of 13 to win the Division 1 girls golf regional on Oct. 8 at the Davison Country Club. Stoney Creek's Lauren Ingle was the individual winner, shooting a 72. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Matt Mackinder)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)
  • Images from the Oakland County Division I girls golf tournament on Sept. 16 at Pontiac Country Club. (Gallery by Keith Dunlap/MIPrepZone)

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Exactly a month after the Oakland County girls golf tournament had the feel of a state tournament, the state tournaments that start on Friday will in turn have a strong Oakland County tournament flavor.

There is a solid chance there will be at least two state champions from the area by Saturday, and possibly three when the two-day state tournaments tee off Friday and conclude on Saturday afternoon.

Here is a breakdown of the state tournaments for all four Divisions.

Division 1 at Grand Valley State’s The Meadows

Of the state tournaments, this will most feel like it is the county tournament all over again, as six of the 15 teams in the field are from Oakland County.

Three are squads from the Oakland Activities Association Red Division that have been near the top of the state rankings all season in Rochester, Troy and Lake Orion, and all three rightfully feel like they have a legitimate shot at winning the tournament.

Odds are good players from those three teams will be playing alongside one another over the two days, which Troy coach John Getzan said will be a big advantage.

“We all know each other and we all do a lot of things together,” Getzan said. “We are rooting for ourselves, but we are rooting for them as well. They are going to know a lot of faces out there. Last year, we hadn’t seen East Kentwood all year. They played well at the finals and deserved to win. I think this year, there is a strong chance (the champion) could come out of the OAA Red.”

Rochester, Troy and Lake Orion all have No. 1 golfers capable of winning the individual title as well in Veronica Haque of Rochester, Jennifer Cui of Troy and Moyea Russell of Lake Orion.

The key will be which team can get the best play out of the rest of their respective lineups, and if last week’s regional tournaments are an indication, Rochester and Troy might have an edge.

Rochester won the Davision regional behind a 74 from Haque, a 74 from junior Erika Yang, an 80 from junior Brooke Busse and an 89 from sophomore Keri Yang.

Troy saw three golfers break 80 during its win at the Twin Lakes regional, those being Cui with a 73, junior Sahibia Singh with a 74 and senior Naomi Kim with a 77.

Even though Lake Orion won the county tournament, the Dragons haven’t played quite as well since, but were state runner-up last year and could ride that experience to their first state title since 2007.

Another team with a strong chance of winning is Novi, which also has been near the top of the rankings all year, was runner-up to Lake Orion at the county tournament and was third at last year’s state tournament.

Junior Alexa Hatz shot a 73 at the Hartland regional last week and leads the way for the Wildcats.

The other area teams competing are Farmington Hills Mercy and Bloomfield Hills, each of which has two freshmen in the starting lineup and are likelier bets to contend for a top-5 finish rather than the title.

Of the non-county teams, Brighton, which shot a 317 to win the Hartland regional last week, figures to be the biggest threat to win.

Individually, Clarkston junior Meghan Deardorff, Milford senior Julia Stevenson, North Farmington sophomore Alana Jones, Stoney Creek junior Lauren Ingle, Troy Athens sophomore Shikha Jha and Walled Lake Northern senior Danielle Frank will all compete.

Division 2 at Bedford Valley, Battle Creek

Two-time defending state champion Birmingham Seaholm once again enters as the favorite following a sizzling regional score of 328 at Heather Highlands that saw all five golfers in the lineup shoot 87 or lower. Seniors Allegra Cunningham (76) and Jordan Michalak are a great duo (79) at the top of the lineup who lead the way for the Maples, who battled all year in the OAA Red with Lake Orion, Rochester and Troy.

One of the challengers to Seaholm could be South Lyon, the state runner-up last year which is led by senior Priscilla Harding and sophomore sister Elizabeth Harding, who both shot an 81 at a regional last week.

The other county teams competing are Birmingham Marian and South Lyon East, while non-county teams that could challenge Seaholm are Midland Dow, Okemos and Flushing.

Individually, Farmington junior Elle Greenlee and Holly junior Chelsea Bowles will compete.

Division 3 at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West

After three consecutive state runner-up finishes, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood will look to get over the hump and win its first state title since 2006.

Ranked No. 2 in the state, Cranbrook is coming off a terrific showing in a regional at Holly Meadows in Capac, shooting a 328 behind a 79 from sophomore Kate Cao, an 80 from senior Molly Wiener, an 81 from sophomore Carmen Chan and an 88 from senior Alayna Margulis.

The biggest challenger to Cranbrook will be Spring Lake, which shot a 332 at its regional and enters ranked No. 1 in the state.

The other area team competing is Birmingham Detroit Country Day, which is led by senior Simran Brar and junior Mallika Brar.

Individually, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep freshman Danielle Staskowski will compete.

Division 4 at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers East

No county teams advanced, but Clarkston Everest Collegiate senior Clare Bates and Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest teammates Grace Vandellen (freshman) and Rebecca Johnstone (senior) will compete.

The team favorites are Kalamazoo Hackett and Livonia Ladywood.

Last Updated: 10/14/2015 6:37:54 PM EST


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