BATTLE CREEK, MI. — The beautiful grounds at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Battle Creek hosted the 2022 Interstate 8 Girls Golf Championship on Thursday, with seven of the eight teams making the trip to lay their claim to the conference championship.
In the end it was the Lumen Christi Lady Titans running away with the crown, winning both the Conference Championship on Thursday and the outright Interstate 8 conference title for the season after winning each jamboree held throughout the fall season.
Lumen Christi’s dominant season was no fluke as the Lady Titans not only claimed the top four spots in the end of year individual conference standings, they took home the title of Thursday’s Conference Championship with the lowest round ever seen in an I-8 Championship, firing an amazing round of 326.
Parma Western finished in a distant second to Lumen Christi with a 396, followed by Harper Creek in third place with a 400. Hastings finished in fourth place with a 458, one stroke ahead of the Coldwater Lady Cardinals who finished in fifth place with a solid score of 459. Marshall finished in sixth place with a 466, followed by Northwest in seventh place with a 563. Pennfield did not field a girl’s golf team for the 2022 season.
Earning Medalist honors for the conference tournament was Lumen Christi’s Ashley Hilderley who fired a even par round of 72 to take home the individual title. Hilderley was joined in the top five of the individual standings by Lumen Christi’s Anna McClure who shot a 79 in second place; Marshall’s Lindsay Malone in third place with an 86; Lumen Christi’s Michaela Hauer in fourth place with an 87; and Lumen Christi’s Alexa Spencer in fifth place with a score of 88.
Leading the Coldwater effort was Hailey Price who finished in sixth place overall with a solid score of 91.
Rounding out the Coldwater effort was Violet Cunkle who finished in fourteenth place with a score of 104; Claire Hawver in twenty-seventh place with a score of 131; Karis Tom in twenty-eighth place with a score of 133; Drew Sharpley in a tie for twenty-ninth place with a score of 135; and Lilyanah Roscoe in a tie for twenty-ninth place with a score of 135.
Interstate 8 All Conference Honors
Based on the year long efforts the top eight golfers in the season long standings earned Interstate 8 All Conference First Team honors. Earning All Conference First Team selections was Ashley Hilderley of Lumen Christi who took the individual conference crown with an average of 38, good enough for first place in the season standings. Joining Hilderely as First Team All Conference selections were Lumen Christi’s Anna McClure with an average of 41; Lumen Christi’s Michaela Hauer with an average of 43; Lumen Christi’s Alexa Spencer with an average of 43; Marshall’s Lindsay Malone with a season long average of 44; Harper Creek’s Jordanne Norris with an average of 45; Parma Western’s Lauren Blunt with an average of 47; and Coldwater’s Hailey Price with an average of 47.
Earning Interstate 8 All Conference Honorable Mention honors was Lumen Christi’s Maggie Page with a 49; Parma Western’s Gabrielle Davis with a 49; Parma Western’s Camryn Boldt with a 51; Harper Creek’s Arabella Stanley with a 52; Harper Creek’s Mallory Flanders with a 52; Harper Creek’s Ellie Sandel with a 54; and Parma Western’s Ashlyn Hoffman with a 54.Coldwater’s Violet Cunkle just missed Honorable Mention honors, finishing one spot out of the standings with a season long average of 56.
The Coldwater Cardinals now set their sights on the MHSAA postseason as the Coldwater Golf Club will host the MHSAA Pre-Regional on Oct. 6 beginning at 10 a.m.
This article originally appeared on Coldwater Daily Reporter: Coldwater's Price earns All I-8 Golf First Team honors