A trio of sisters led the South Lyon girls golf team to a 163-224 victory over Livonia Franklin on Tuesday at Idyl Wyld Golf Course in Livonia, keeping the team undefeated in dual meets this season as they push toward another appearance in the Division 2 state championship.
Caroline Harding, the eldest of the sisters, led all golfers with a 34 through nine holes.
She was followed Priscilla and Elizabeth, who shot a 41 and 43, respectively.
Lucy Dinsmore notched a 45 for top-ranked South Lyon (7-0, 6-0 KLAA).
The Hardings' prowess on the golf course is no accident. They are the daughters of former LPGA golfer Joal Harding, and local teaching professional, Tom Harding.
"It's a family thing," South Lyon coach Dan Skatzka chuckled. "It's certainly nice to have three like that."
This is the first season that all three girls have been together, as Elizabeth is just a freshman, joining Caroline, a senior who earned all-state honors in 2013 , and Priscilla, a junior who was an all-state honorable mention.
After finishing fourth in the state championship last year, an event which consists of 15 teams, Skatzka believes his girls are capable of winning it all this season.
"It's been a lot of fun, and we're hopeful we can do real well," he said. "We've been a strong team for years, and when you add three like that to an already strong group, it makes for a really good team."
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Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 165, Birmingham Marian 196, Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart 247: In a tri-match played at Stonycroft Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Lily Thompson shot a 40 and Cordelia Chan shot a 41 to lead Cranbrook-Kingswood.
Bloomfield Hills Roeper 4, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 1: Max Whipple had two goals, while Michael Deneroff and Jake Flynn netted on apiece for Roeper (11-1, 7-1 MIAC).
Novi 4, South Lyon 0: Nick Harder had two goals and Tony Asimadu had three assists for Novi (8-2-3).
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer