MCC golfers finish HS sports year in rainy State Finals

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EAST LANSING — Two Manistee Catholic Central juniors officially wrapped up the local high-school sports school year at the Division 4 boys golf state finals over the weekend.

After shooting a 4-over-par 76 in Friday’s first round, John Slivka posted a score of 81 in Saturday’s final round, while Preston Picardat improved upon Friday’s 87 with an 86 on Saturday.

The cumulative scores placed Slivka in a tie for 16th place and Picardat tied for 62nd in Division 4 out of 108 golfers in the tournament, which was played at the Forest Akers East course at Michigan State University.

MCC coach Denis Meikle said that he was happy with how his two juniors played in the state finals.

“Oh definitely, I was proud,” Meikle said. “(Slivka) didn’t have a double-bogey in the entire tournament, which is kind of what I preach, trying to be consistent like that.”

 One difference between Friday and Saturday was the conditions. After a dry, breezy day on Friday, the golfers battled through a steady rain all day Saturday in East Lansing.

Slivka bogeyed five of his first six holes, but then posted his only birdie of the day on the seventh. Slivka finished strong, with pars on four of his last five holes to finish with 81, and a two-day score of 157.

Meikle said that Slivka played a lot better than he scored on Saturday.

“John hit the ball well, he just didn’t putt very good, and that hurt him,” Meikle said. “He had a lot of birdie putts and par putts. He just couldn’t convert his up-and-downs for par. He didn’t have a good feel of the wet greens and the breaks, I could tell.

“He played really well, he just couldn’t put a score together.”

Picardat started off encouragingly enough, making par on his first hole of the round for the second straight day, but made six bogeys and three double-bogeys before shooting par on his last two holes on the way to his 86, and a cumulative score of 173.

“Preston hung in there,” Meikle said. “Both days he held it together and put a couple of par streaks together. Finishing the state finals with two mid-80’s rounds is pretty good, and something to be proud of.”

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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