Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood sophomore Cordelia Chan was named first team all-state in Division 3 after helping lead Cranbrook to a state runner-up finish. File photo/The Oakland Press/Vaughn Gurganian
With leaves off of trees and winter weather about to blow in, it’s stating the obvious that golf season is about done for 2012.
That includes the high girls golf season, which officially ended a few weeks ago and saw some Oakland County schools have success.
Farmington Hills Mercy finished second at the Division 1 state tournament, while Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood and Birmingham Detroit Country Day finished second and third, respectively, at the Division 3 state tournament.
There were also many players who earned all-state recognition, all of which are on this year’s all-county girls golf team.
Here is the squad, starting with the first team.
Brenna Hammond (Sr.), Farmington Hills Mercy — Named first team all-state in Division 1, Hammond was a big reason why the Marlins were state runner-up in Division 1. She compiled an 82 tournament average, broke 80 five times and earned 10 top-10 finishes, one of which was at the state tournament.
“Brenna is making campus visits and looks forward to playing college golf,” Mercy head coach Vicky Kowalski said. “Brenna is the first all-state golfer for Mercy since Alainna Stefan in the spring 2007 season.”
Gabby Brackrog (Jr.), Milford — Brackrog had possibly the best season a female golfer at Milford has ever had, earning first team all-state honors in Division 2 after a season that saw her win the Oakland County tournament and finish seventh at the Division 2 state tournament. Brackrog also had six top-10 finishes, an 83.2 tournament average and a 41.1 average for nine holes.
“I think she had a spectacular season. I think she re-wrote our record books. It was exciting to see that kind of development during her junior year and looking forward to having her back next year. I can’t wait to see what she can do next year because it’s going to be hard to top this year.”
Jazmin Haque (Sr.), Rochester — One of the more improved players in the area, Haque had a breakout season, being named first team all-state in Division 1.
She didn’t shoot a score higher than 86 all season, had a tournament average of 81.6 and a dual match average of 41.1 She also had 10 top-10 finishes for the Falcons and finished 13th at the state tournament.
“Jazmin is the perfect example of how far hard work and dedication can take you,” Rochester head coach Jeff Haney said. “As a sophomore two years ago, Jazmin never broke 100 in tournament play. As one of our senior captains this year, she never shot higher than 86 the entire season and shot 80 or below in over half of her tournaments.”
Jennifer Yang (Jr.), Troy Athens — The top golfer for the Red Hawks the past three seasons, Yang was named first team all-state in Division 1 after she garnered a 38 scoring average in dual matches and a 79 average in tournaments. She won the Oakland County Division II title and sports a 4.24 grade-point average in the classroom.
“Jennifer Yang is one of the most genuinely wonderful young ladies and always shows respect for her opponents, coaches and teachers,” Athens head coach Dan Cooper said. “We are lucky to have her.”
Megan Lam (Jr.), Birmingham Seaholm — A first team all-state performer in Division 2, Lam finished with an 84.3 tournament average and a 40.7 dual-match average this season for the Maples. She finished second at both OAA Red tournaments and was second at the regional Seaholm competed in.
Cordelia Chan (Soph.), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood — Cranbrook finished second in the state in Division 3, and Chan was a big reason why. Named first team all-state in Division 3, Chan had an outstanding fall, finishing with a 40.86 average for dual matches and a tournament average of 83.6. She had three top-10 finishes and was second at the regional tournament.
“Really impressed with her hard work and she had a number of challenges during the season,” Cranbrook head coach Mark Moyer said. She shifted over to a new set of clubs late in the summer, so that affected her scoring early in the season. Once she got more accustomed to that, it was more indicative of what she could do.”
Vicky Kowalski, Farmington Hills Mercy
Traditionally one of the county’s best programs, Mercy somewhat had a return to glory this year, finishing second at the Division 1 state tournament to earn its best finish there since it was state runner-up in 2002. Armed with a balanced lineup, the Marlins also won the Oakland County tournament for the first time in 11 years.
Sarah Montone (Sr.), Farmington Hills Mercy; Gillian Hickey (Sr.), Farmington Hills Mercy; Greer Clausen (Jr.), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Jordan Michalak (Fr.), Birmingham Seaholm; Chloe Guschewski (Jr.), Stoney Creek; Lauren Cojei (Jr.), Novi
Honorable mention (in alphabetical order)
Hailey Bradley (Sr.), Rochester; Mackenzie Blomberg (Soph.), Auburn Hills Avondale; Kate Cenko (Sr.), Rochester Adams; Bailey Compton (Soph.), Stoney Creek; Jamie Greene (Soph.), Birmingham Seaholm; Caroline Harding (Soph.), South Lyon; Monika Hedni (Jr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Elisabeth Higgins (Sr.), South Lyon; Piumi Jayatilake (Sr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Sophie Kollin (Jr.), North Farmington; Kyla Kurczewski (Jr.), Oxford; Ellie Miller (Jr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Suzanne Miller (Sr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Kaela Sakorafis (Sr.), Rochester Adams; Rachel Wilson (Soph.), Birmingham Seaholm.
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