GIRLS GOLF CONTINUES DOMINANT SEASON WITH WIN OVER REGINA
The weather was ominous on Monday, September 11 when the Greenhills girls golf team took on Regina High School at its home course, the Washtenaw County Golf Club. However, dark clouds and a few sprinkles weren’t enough to slow down the Gryphons, who earned a decisive 177-228 win in this important conference matchup.
The team has high expectations for itself, coming off a banner 2022 season that took it all the way to the state championships. And they’re rising to the occasion, having lost only one match all season and rising to the top of the Catholic High School League (CHSL) with its 4-1 conference record.
“The team performed well in this match,” said head coach Michael Karr. “We hit a season low score for nine holes, and I believe the team has not peaked yet.”
Junior Mia Melendez led the field with a score of 38. Melendez is no stranger to the leaderboard, having won the MHSAA Division 4 individual state championship each of her first two years at Greenhills, and setting a new school record earlier this season.
Other big contributors to the team’s win include junior Hannah Lee, who shot a course career low of 40 on Monday, and senior captain Bella Young, who shot a 46. The team’s youngest players, including sophomore Elisha Park, ninth grader Kayla Young, and ninth grader CC Jarjoura, all had strong performances and have continued to improve all season.
“I was really proud of shooting 40,” said Lee. “It’s validating to see the hard work paying off. I’ve come a long way since my freshman year, when I would shoot in the 60s and 70s, and the entire team continues to improve. We’ve really bonded nicely, and I’m excited to see what will happen this year.”
There are still two more matches and five tournaments to play this season, and the Gryphons know that every time they step on the course matters.
“We need to keep working hard to perform well at the CHSL Championships,” added Karr, “but we’re taking it one game at a time. Every matchup is important and every practice is an opportunity to improve, so we’re keeping our focus on the task at hand.”
If the team plays like it did on Monday, it will be well positioned to compete not only for a conference championship, but also at the regional and state tournaments in October.