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Top-10 Division 3 golf finals finisher from Manistee earns 2023 first-team all-state

Jacob Scharp lone first-team rep from West Michigan Conference; younger brother Max also earns recognition.

Manistee junior Jacob Scharp is the lone representative from the West Michigan Conference to earn first-team all-state recognition from the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association for 2023.

He does have company when it comes to overall all-state accolades, however, and it’s a very familiar face.

Jacob Scharp received Division 3 first-team all-state honors after he finished 10th in the two-day state finals June 9-10 at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West.

Freshman brother Max Scharp got the nod as a Division 3 all-state honorable mention selection following a strong season in his own right.

At the state finals, Jacob Scharp shot 76 on the first day and 81 on the second day for a two-day score of 157. He was a captain for the Chippewas, who tied for seventh place as a team at the Division 3 state finals after placing runner-up in the regional.

Manistee’s Jacob Scharp poses for a photo after he finished in the top 10 of the MHSAA Division 3 state finals June 9-10, 2023, at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West in East Lansing, Mich. (Courtesy of Polly Schlaff)

Manistee cruised to the WMC Lakes Division title and the Scharp boys had a lot to do with that. Jacob Scharp finished third place overall in scoring in WMC Lakes nine-hole jamborees on the season with a 38.5 average over six events. He placed first in two jamborees, second in two others and tied for third in another.  

In 18-hole events, Scharp took second in the Lake City/Terry Thompson Invite (73) and in Spring Lake’s George Bitner Invitational (74). He tied for fourth in the MHSAA Division 3 regional at Red Hawk Golf Course in East Tawas (80) and fifth in the Tawas Area’s Bogey’s Indoor Golf Invite (80). 

Manistee brothers Jacob Scharp, middle, and Max Scharp, right, joined Fremont’s Killian Prewitt as CatchMark SportsNet Player of the Year finalists for the 2023 spring sports season. (Graphic by Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

Max Scharp finished atop the season leaderboard for WMC Lakes jamborees with a 37.7 average over six events. He took first in two jamborees and first in a dual meet against Frankfort, and he placed second and tied for second in two other WMC Lakes jamborees.  

In 18-hole events, Max Scharp tied for fourth in the MHSAA Division 3 regional with his brother by scoring 80 at a tough Red Hawk course in East Tawas. He took fifth in the Lake City/Terry Thompson Invite (77).  Most impressively, he captured medalist honors in the 36-hole, two-day Traverse City Central Tee Off against several larger schools with a 149 (75-74).  

Both of the Scharp brothers were CatchMark SportsNet WMC Player of the Year finalists.

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