June 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

High school golf roundup: Balance key as Detroit C.C. fires 293 to tie Swartz Creek for first-round lead

East Lansing — Consistency has been the hallmark of Detroit Catholic Central’s golf team this season and Friday’s results reflect that.

Four players shot 3 over par or better and that was good enough to place C.C. in a tie for first place with Swartz Creek at 293 after the first round of the Division 1 boys golf championships at Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing.

The second and final round is Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

Freshman James Piot and senior Domenic Mancinelli each shot even-par 72 to lead C.C. Piot’s brother, Glenn, a junior, shot 74 and senior Dan Ault shot 75.

“That’s the way we’ve been playing all year,” C.C. coach Mike Anderson said of his No. 1-ranked team. “Our fifth player can be as good as a No. 1 (James Piot). We have five solid players. What was good about today was no one had a bad day.

“To win (today) we have to do more of the same. We feel we have more depth than anyone else. As long as we have an opportunity, and we do, we have confidence we can win.”

Joel Pietila of Rockford shot the low round of the day, a 4-under 68, and his team sits in third a stroke back at 294. Plymouth, led by senior Chris Kozler’s 71, is fourth and in the hunt at 296 and Grandville is fifth at 299.

Even though Clarkston is seven shots back in sixth, coach Pete Gallagher said his team is right where it wants to be.

“It puts us in great position,” he said. “You can’t win on the first day but you sure can lose it.”

Brendan Graham and Luke Nesbitt, Clarkston’s No. 4 player, each shot 74.

Individually, Andrew Walker of Battle Creek Lakeview shot 69 and is a stroke off the lead. Two shots back at 70 are Justin Pahl of White Lake Lakeland, Ben Roeder of Midland Dow and Seth Terpstra of Grandville.

A 23-degree hybrid from 199 yards placed a stamp on Walker’s round. On the 488-yard, par-5 No. 15 Walker used the hybrid on his second shot and it stopped three feet from the cup. He made the putt for an eagle.

His lone hiccup came on No. 4, where he 3-putted for bogey. He also missed putts of four and five feet for birdie.

“Should I win this, it would be a great achievement,” said Walker, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur last year after his freshman season.

Cranbrook sits second

In Division 2 at the Forest Akers West Course, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood shot 308 and is in second place, three shots back of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern.

Dearborn Divine Child shot 316 and is third, a stroke better than Marshall. Tied for fifth at 318 are Detroit Country Day and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.

Dylan Deogun of Cranbrook-Kingswood shot even-par 72 and is tied for first with Austin Carter of Croswell-Lexington.

“It’s a pretty good score,” Cranbrook-Kingswood coach John Minnich said of his team’s play. “We’re right where we want to be. I told them the first day is the qualifier. These guys have played a lot of tournament golf. They’re not nervous.”

Mason Schultz, who plays No. 5 for Minnich, shot 79, marking the first time he broke 80 in tournament play. It was a roller-coaster round for Schultz, who shot birdie-quadruple bogey-birdie on Nos. 9-11.

“I’m not happy with it,” Schultz said.

Sparks fires 67

In Division 3 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University, Scott Sparks of Macomb Lutheran North shot a 6-under-par 67 and has a six-shot lead heading into today’s final round.

Rhet Schrauben of Portland and Race Andersen of Ludington each shot 73.

Lansing Catholic shot 313 and leads the team competition by eight strokes over Ludington. Kalkaska is third at 322.

Oakland Christian in second

In Division 4 at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian shot 327 and is in second place, six shots behind Charlevoix. White Pigeon is third at 328 and Clarkston Everest is tied for fourth with Lincoln Alcona at 334.

John Van Noord of Oakland Christian shot 1-over 73 and is second behind Noah Schneider of Jackson Lumen Christi, who shot 70.

tom.markowski@detroitnews.com