Editor’s note:A previous version of this article said this was Brighton’s best state finish since 1996. The Bulldogs were also third in 2009.
Brighton had its best finish in a state boys golf tournament since 2009, placing third in the Division 1 finals Saturday at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Course.
The Bulldogs shot rounds of 310 and 319, finishing one shot ahead of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern for third.
Brighton’s only other top-three finishes in a state tournament were a second in Class B in 1967, a third in Class B in 1970, a third in Class A in 1996 and a third in Division 1 in 2009.
“Young team, no seniors in our starting five,” Brighton coach James Dewling said. “I thought they handled it really well. Our first round, boy, were they tough. Just handled things well and managed their golf games well.
“Second round, we got off to a shaky start. They found a way to turn it around to get that third-place finish, which we’re really excited about as a program and how we keep getting better.”
The Bulldogs qualified by earning the third and final berth in the regional at Salem Hills Golf Club on a fifth-man tie-breaker.
Brighton junior Andrew Daily finished tied for second individually, moving up from fourth place following the first round. He shot rounds of 71 and 73 to match the 144 shot by East Lansing sophomore Drew Miller.
“I was going into the tournament without any expectations,” Daily said. “I just played really good golf. I had two really good days. Top 10 is always a goal, but I wasn’t trying to focus on it. Whatever happens, happens.
“If I hit a bad shot, I would just forget about it, go out and hit the next one good. I really handled my emotions very well.”
Ann Arbor Skyline sophomore Ieuan Jones shot two 69s to win by six strokes. As a freshman, Jones tied for second, three shots by medalist Davis Codd of Brighton.
Jones’ round wasn’t able to prevent Skyline from slipping from first after one round to second in the final standings. Detroit Catholic Central shot 286 Saturday to finish first with a 587, two shots better than Skyline.
Brighton’s other 36-hole scores were a 160 by sophomore Levi Pennala, a 161 by junior Winston Lerch, a 164 by junior Matt Doyle and a 172 by sophomore Riley Morton.
“We’ve got some hope for next year, which is amazing,” Daily said. “CC’s losing a few guys. It’s really cool to have all five players coming back next season.”
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