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Two-time medalist Emma McKinley leads Ludington to team regional golf title

Whitehall also state finals-bound in Division 3; Holton’s EmmaLee Fox qualifies for D-4 state finals.

Ludington’s girls golf team poses for a group photo after the Orioles captured the Division 3 regional title Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at St. Ives Golf Club in Stanwood, Mich. (Photo courtesy of Becky Jo McKinley)

STANWOOD — St. Ives Golf Course proved a formidable test for dozens of girls high school golfers during Tuesday’s MHSAA Division 3 regional.

Ludington senior Emma McKinley and her Orioles team were most up to the challenge.

McKinley shot a 5-over 77 in rainy conditions to earn regional medalist honors for a second straight year and led Ludington to the team championship. The Orioles shot 384 as a squad to clear the rest of the field by seven shots.

Remus Chippewa Hills finished second (391), while Whitehall was third (392) to round out teams advancing to the Division 3 state finals Oct. 20-21 at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

The top three teams at an MHSAA golf regional qualify for the state finals. The top three individuals, who are not part of qualifying teams, also advance to the state finals.

Montague narrowly missed the cut as a team, placing fourth (394) after showing a ton of improvement throughout the season.

Cheboygan senior Katie Maybank (82), Big Rapids senior Makenna Currie (89), and Grant senior Nadia Zerlaut (91) punch their state finals tickets as individuals.

Whitehall senior Ava Garcia finished fifth individually (88), while Montague senior Abby Woller tied for eighth (94).

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Holton junior EmmaLee Fox qualified for the Division 4 state finals Oct. 20-21 at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek with her finish in Tuesday’s regional at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Course.

Fox shot 104 in cold and wet conditions to finish second among the individual qualifiers. As a team, Holton placed fifth with a score of 445.

Kalamazoo Christian won the team title at 353, followed by Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep second (396), and Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian third (411).

Kalamazoo Christian juniors Kennedy Gernaat and Jordyn Bonnema finished first and second as individuals with 78 and 82, respectively.

Fox’s season average for 18 holes is 102, according to Holton coach Jessica Wagenmaker. She holds the school record for an 18-hole score with a 94 this season.

Holton junior EmmaLee Fox qualified individually for the Division 4 girls golf state finals with her showing at the regional Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, in Big Rapids, Mich. (Courtesy of Jessica Wagenmaker)

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