Forest Hills Northern Snags The Girls Golf State Championship For Second Year In A Row

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By: Hayley Jackson and Madison Lang

On October 19th and 20th, the Forest Hills Northern girls golf team competed in the MHSAA finals to reclaim their victory from last year. Despite brutal weather conditions in East Lansing, the Northern team secured their title once again.

Kay Zubkus, Lilia Henkel, and Anna Fay drove their team to the top at the Forest Akers West Golf Course located at Michigan State University. By the end of the two-day tournament, the Northern girls had scored a total of 656. They scored 24 strokes less than their rival, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, who tallied to 680.

“They had a strong all-around team with the top three players scoring in the 70’s. Very similar to our team. We always battle every time we have a tournament with each other, and it is a competitive but friendly rivalry,” said Henkel.

Muskegon Reeths-Puffer is fierce competition after beating Northern in the regional tournament. Northern stayed determined, and they worked very hard at their state meet.

“Kay, Lilia, and Anna were my returners. Those three were the heart and soul of our team this year. We had five girls off the JV team coming up, and they taught them how to play. They taught them how to win,” said Coach Graves.

As team leader, Senior Zubkus scored a total of 151, which won her the individual title against Okemos freshman Allison Cui on the first playoff.

Zubkus said, ”We all were working hard to be at peak condition for this tournament, and coach was pushing us to be at our best. I continued to keep a positive mindset even when my hands were frozen because of the weather.”

Zubkus will continue her journey as a player at Oakland University next fall. In the eyes of the Northern girls golf team, they ended their season strong, and the returners are ready to claim their victory for next year.

“I knew walking off the course on the second day that we had the title. It was not a big surprise to me, honestly. I know that sounds cocky, but when you have the players that make this team so special, it is not a big shock. I have helped the team get two out of the three State Championships, and I am looking forward to making it two more,” exclaimed Henkel.


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