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5 things to know about this years girls golf state championships

5 things to know about this years girls golf state championships

The girls golf state champions in all four divisions will be determined this weekend at three sites.

The Division 1 tournament will take place at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Division 2 will be played Bedford Valley in Battle Creek, and Divisions 3 and 4 will compete at Forest Akers on Michigan State's campus.

Division 3 will play at Forest Akers West, while Division 4 will be played at the East course.

Friday and Saturday, all four sites will be open 10 a.m. shotgun start.

Here are five things to know about the state golf tournaments.

Grand Blanc junior trying to replicate in D1 in Grand blanc junior.

Kate Brody, a Grand Blanc junior, has to be considered the player to beat in Division 1.

Brody is the state champion after finishing third as a freshman. Last year, she shot 2-under-par 70 at Forest Akers East to earn a three-shot victory over senior Ariel Chang of Utica Eisenhower and junior Adie Maki of Ann Arbor Skyline.

Brody has won medals in the last three tournaments shes played and in 7 of 8 events that covered 18 holes.

She shot 77 in the Saginaw Valley League tournament at The Fortress in Sagawa, carded 4-under-68 in The Grand Blanc Invitational at Warwick Hills home of the PGA Tour Champions Ally Challenge - and shot 5-under 67 at Davison Country Club in a regional tournament.

Maki qualified as an individual for this years tournament.

Northville is the team to beat in Division 1?

Northville will be attempting to become the first Division 1 team to win four straight state championships since Muskegon Mona Shores did it in 2009-12.

After finishing second in the regional at Washtenaw Golf Club in Ypsilanti, the Mustangs are once again in Division 1 after finishing five strokes behind Plymouth.

But only one player, senior Megha Vallabhaneni, played in this years regional after helping the Mustangs win last year's state championship.

In different divisions, back-to-back?

Allison Cui of Okemos will be trying to pull off a neat trick by winning consecutive individual state championships in different divisions.

Cui won the Division 2 state title last year by shooting 70 at Forest Akers East. But, this year, the Chiefs moved to Division 1.

Cui, who shot 1-under 71 to finish four shots behind Brody of Grand Blanc, finished second in the regional at Davison CC, with a score of 1-over 74. At the regional tournament, they played in the same group.

Marian trying to make a 3-peat in Division 3.

Bloomfield Hills Marian is aiming for its third straight state title in Division 3. Bloomfeld Hills will be seeking its fourth straight title.

The Mustangs finished third in the regional at Pontiac Country Club, 11 shots behind runner-up Macomb Lutheran North and 25 shots ahead of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.

None of the five players who finished last years state champion was in the lineup this year.

Michigan Center senior trying to replicate in D4 at Michigan Central.

Kamryn Shannon of Michigan Center qualified for her second individual state title in Division 3 after shooting a 71 at Lenawee Golf Club in Adrian.

That was her second consecutive regional title, and her 71 earned her an academic record.

She took the individual state title last year by scoring 74 points at Bedford Valley.

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