METAMORA — Mark your calendar for Friday, April 22 if you are a golf fan; in particular, a high school golf fan. The Lapeer boys will look to defend the title they won last season at the 30th annual Lapeer tune-up at Metamora Golf and County Club.
The only hope? Let time cooperate. Last season the teams faced brutally cold and windy conditions, with temperatures barely exceeding 30 degrees. Michigan can throw just about anything at you until early May, so fingers crossed for something in the 50s or 60s.
The title chase last year was exciting with Lapeer, White Lake Lakeland and Oxford all tied with just three holes remaining. Lapeer crushed the final trio of greens and took the 330-shot victory. Oxford was just two strokes behind Lighting in second place with 332 and Lakeland 334.
The field is again full of teams that Lapeer might see in a regional round or at the Genesee County Tournament with Grand Blanc, Saginaw Heritage, Utica Ford, White Lake Lakeland, Davison, Kearsley, Frankenmuth, North Branch, Goodrich , Brandon, Macomb Dakota has so far signed up to compete.
Lapeer’s college coach Steve Stearns said his goal is to add four more teams to reach 16. We’ll update the list closer to the tournament in an upcoming edition of The County Press.
The course, according to the MGCC website, is “challenging yet relaxing, providing a scenic backdrop emphasizing correct club selection and shot placement.” Well-positioned sand bunkers are found throughout the course design. In addition, water obstacles (streams, streams and ponds) come into play on 16 holes.
Signature hole #3 is a sturdy 513-yard par-5, offering an elevated tee shot and the ultimate risk/reward second option. Those choosing to lie down will face a short to mid iron approach to an island green.
The teams love playing on the beautiful course and the challenges prepare them well for what they could face across the state during the regular season and for those lucky enough, for the state meet. Fans are invited to walk the cart path to watch golfers compete for the coveted title, rain or shine!