MCC falls 1 shot short, finishes 2nd in WMDL

Manistee Catholic Central’s John Slivka chips toward the green during the West Michigan D League Championship match at Manistee National on Monday. The Sabers finished second to Pentwater in the match by a single stroke. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Manistee Catholic Central’s John Slivka chips toward the green during the West Michigan D League Championship match at Manistee National on Monday. The Sabers finished second to Pentwater in the match by a single stroke. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

For the News Advocate

MANISTEE — The Manistee Catholic Central golf team hosted the West Michigan D League Championship at Manistee National Monday, finishing second to Pentwater by one stroke with a nine-hole score of 180. Bear Lake was unable to field four players for the event and therefore didn’t post a team score.

Mason County Eastern posted a team score of 297, finishing third on the day and fourth place on the season.

Monday’s win gave Pentwater a first-place finish overall in the West Michigan D League.

“Pentwater, by edging us today, they won the league title and the conference title, so we got second all the way around,” said MCC golf coach Denis Meikle.

“(Pentwater) deserved it,” he continued. “They played a good season. They played consistent and they just had a little more depth and consistency than we did and so that’s how it turned out in the conference this year.”

John Slivka, Preston Picardat and Nick Hansen all posted scores of 42 for the Sabers. Alex Shriver shot a 55.

“The top three guys had pretty decent days today,” Meikle said. “That’s encouraging for me to see today. … Maybe that will transpire into good play at Regionals.”

Slivka and Picardat finished with first-team all-conference honors for the Sabers, finishing first and fifth overall, respectively. Hansen was named second-team all-conference.

For Bear Lake, Yuki Babinec shot a 52, Kyle Fink finished with a 53 and Tai Babinec shot 57. Jonah Hengy was unable to compete due to illness, so Bear Lake was unable to post a team score.

With today’s fourth-place finish, the Lakers end the season third in the WMDL standings. However, the Babinec family certainly has reason to celebrate, as both Yuki and Tai Babinec earned second-team all-conference honors.

“Having Yuki be second-team all conference, I kind of figured that was going to happen,” said Bear Lake golf coach Roark Pargeon. “She’s been pretty consistent all season long, but Tai kind of surprised us today. His average got him a tie for the last spot for second-team all-conference, so he moved in.

“It was kind of unique,” Pargeon continued. “… I wonder if that’s the first time in conference history for golf that we’ve had a brother and sister get second-team all-conference.”

Though the meet was originally scheduled for 18 holes, the coaches opted to switch it to a nine-hole event due to rain.

“You hate to take the season-end tournament and cut it short, but it was going to be a wet mess by the time these guys got done carrying their clubs for 18,” Meikle said.

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