Alex Schlump entered the ideal situation when he became head coach of the Lutheran North women’s golf team this fall.
He resumed an established schedule that won the Macomb County Invitational in 2020 and advanced to the state final for nine consecutive years. Equally important, he had Hall of Fame coach Lori Gill to help him transition from being the school’s boys golf coach.
“It’s a good starting point,” Schlump said Monday after the Mustangs finished with a team score of 332 to repeat as the county champion in the game at Timberwood Golf Club. “I coach the boys’ team so it wasn’t a whole new experience, but coaching boys and coaching girls at this level was definitely different. Mainly because they were so well established.
“I owe so much to Coach Gill for the veteran status she has and for being able to take me under her wing, even though she reminds me that I am the head coach. I am grateful for what she did.
Stevenson was second with a score of 365 and Lakeview was third with 403.
Northern sophomore Lauren Timpf was the medalist in the competition with a par of two under par 70.
The Mustangs’ recipe for success sounds simple, but anyone who’s played golf will say it’s a lot harder than it looks.
“We are always focused on our job,” Schlump said. “As any golfer knows, it’s one hole at a time. When that hole is done, it’s history and move on to the next one. We try to do it in every game, in every tournament, in every hole. This is what we are looking for.
North’s only senior, captain Sarah Doletzky, said winning the county tournament was a goal all season.
“We wanted it very much and we worked very hard on it,” said Doletzky, whose 84 placed his fifth among the individuals in the competition. “Taking over counties is really amazing. “
The Mustangs were the pre-tournament favorites, but they didn’t let the pressure get on them.
Schlump said Doletzky’s experience helps in these situations, but plays down his contributions.
“We have a really relaxed team. I don’t have to do much, ”she said. “We all know what we’re doing. We all take charge. This reassures them for the most part: “You understood it. We have it.'”
Aileen Cosentino shot 85 for Lutheran North and rookie Saige Rothey completed the scoring with a 93.
“We worked so hard,” Schlump said. “We practice our short game so much and at the regionals (where North was second) we saw that work come to fruition. Sometimes you feel helpless watching them do what they need to do. You offer encouragement, but when you see those putts run out and those chips come closer, it feels good.
Stevenson and Lakeview also had strong regional performances which they achieved in the county competition.
“Our seniors have been here for four years and after their first year we talked about their growth and their direction and their possibilities,” said Titans coach Dennis Walczak. “We added two freshmen last year. Every team needs this missing key and these two have come and filled this role
“The girls had a lot of fun. We were 10-0 in the league, first in the MAC White meeting and reached the States for the second time in school history. We’re very happy with where they’ve come to, but can’t wait to see what they can do this week (at the Division 1 State Reunion).
Alexis Yang led Stevenson with a 79, followed by Megan Luke 88, Natalie Ishioka 99 and Tessa McKnee 101. Ishioka and McKnee are senior with Lindsay Lewis and Ally Rea.
Lakeview qualified for the state tournament for the first time last week and the Huskies pulled off the feat in third place in the county competition.
“You always have a better player, but all the girls took the love for the game and put a lot of effort into it,” said coach Karen Mazzola. “In my 12 seasons, this is the group that has put in the most extra time. They are good listeners. They all have their swing trainers, so we’re focusing on the mental part – having fun. If you have fun, you will be successful.
“I tell them, don’t get angry. I have said it a thousand times: “Golf is not a perfect game. You never go out on a golf course and say, “I had a perfect game. Even if you shoot a wonderful score, you are still going to say, “I could have. Everything revolves around girls. They are smart and they have a lot of fun together. They are the ones who accomplished this.
Ashley Lutomski led Lakeview with 85. Isabella Micakovic shot 97, Carmen Modestino 105 and Carly Denbaas 116.
After the three team leaders were Eisenhower 406, Regina 427, Romeo 428, Ford 431, Dakota 433 and Utica 477.