Brighton second after the first round of the State Women’s Golf Tournament

BATTLE CREEK – Brighton are in a good position to equal their best result in a state women’s golf tournament.

Coming away with a state championship is still not out of reach.

The Bulldogs finished the first round of the Division 1 Finals 15 strokes behind Rochester Adams on Friday at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

Adams shot 312, Brighton shot 327, Rochester shot 334 and four-time defending state champion Northville shot 342 to lead the 18-team field.

Brighton’s best state result was second place in 2017.

“Fifteen shots is tough in a day, but it’s doable,” said Brighton manager Paul Parsell. “I trust my girls to go out tomorrow and play good golf; I await it with impatience. Obviously, Rochester Adams is a great team with great players. They must have basically a bad day tomorrow and we have a pretty good day to come close. We’ll see how it works.

Through eight holes, the Bulldogs were only two strokes behind Adams before losing ground later in the round.

“The conditions were pretty tough, but it’s the state tournament,” Parsell said. “The wind was blowing well, up to 30 miles an hour at times, but that’s normal at this time of year. Overall, I’m pretty happy with our score. We’ve left a few on a few course management decisions, but we’ve discussed them and worked them out for tomorrow. Whenever you’re in second place in the state tournament, you do pretty well.

Junior Abbie Pietila is tied for 11th with an 80 to lead Brighton.

Senior Amelia Gatti and junior Maddy Martens are tied for 18th with 82, junior Lauren Forcier was tied for 21st with an 83 and second Anelise Gatti is tied for 36th with an 87 for the Bulldogs.

Adams senior Grace Wang and Rockford junior Jessica Jolly are tied for first with 72 seconds. Tall White senior Kate Brody is third with a 73.

The final round will be played Saturday in Bedford Valley.

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