BOYS GOLF HAS BEST OUTING OF SEASON, INCLUDING A HOLE IN ONE
Written with support from Leo Applegate ’23 for The Alcove student newspaper.
On April 29, the Greenhills Boys Golf Team had its best outing of the season at the Highest Honor Tournament, shooting 315 and finishing ninth out of 22 teams. The competition included several Gryphon individual bests, but the highlight of the day was a hole in one for Max Shulman ’24—a once-in-a-lifetime event for most golfers.
Shulman’s ace took place on the 15th hole of Huron Meadows Metropark, where the tournament was held. A par three that didn’t require a lot of power, Shulman selected a 50-degree wedge and focused on accuracy. The ball landed just past the hole, but the backspin Shulman applied caused the ball to draw back and roll into the cup. It was a thrilling moment that elicited cheers from family, friends, and competitors alike.
“It was a very cool and special moment,” said varsity head coach Michael Karr. “Unfortunately, I did not see it in person, but his dad, mom, and grandparents were all witnesses to the shot.”
Shulman would go on to birdie the next hole and close the round three under par—his career best during school competition and just one stroke short of winning the tournament. This second-place finish is one of his many strong performances this season, which has him ranked seventh in the State across all divisions for 18-hole rounds.
“I worked really hard this offseason, and it’s paying off,” said Shulman. “I’ve had a few rounds under par, and we’ll see how I do heading into the state tournament; that’s the big thing that matters, really.”
Several other Greenhills golfers also had personal bests at the tournament, including Arjun Prabhakar ’23, who scored a career-best 75 with two birdies. Others shooting personal bests for 18-hole high school play include Tai Mackey ’26, who scored an 82; Michael Nakashima ’25, who scored an 89; and Ollie Beekman ’25, who scored a 104.
This team’s strong play was particularly notable because 20 of the 22 of the teams were Division I or II schools, so the Gryphons were playing up.
“The team isn’t complacent with where we’re at,” added Karr. “We have a great junior-senior combo at the top of the order, but a younger team overall. We continue to work hard, tweaking the pre-shot routine, and we are getting better every day.”
Photos are from the Ann Arbor City Invite that took place on April 18 at Barton Hills Country Club. See more here.