TC West Preps for State Title Run
TRAVERSE CITY – After capturing the city’s first girls golf state championship in 2015, Traverse City West is once again in prime position to be a contender when the state finals tee off next Friday.
After winning the 2015 Division 1 state title and finishing fourth a year ago, the Titans find themselves raking in the tournament wins this fall.
“They’re great kids, their great golfers,” coach Karl Gagnon said. “I’m very happy with what’s happened so far.
“I think anytime you go into a season with high expectations, I think you want to win, you want to be the best team in the state.”
Ranked seventh in latest Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Division 1 state poll, the Titans say it’s the drive to win that keeps them in the conversation of top teams.
“We definitely want to take regionals and probably place within the top three at states,” freshman Anci Dy said. “We’re hoping to win it this year.”
“Since that year (2015), it’s been my personal goal to get onto the team… the team that’s going, because it’s different when you’re on the team but you don’t get to play and you win, but you didn’t play to win,” added senior Megan Jenkinson.
Defending individual state medalist and University of Michigan commit Anika Dy is joined by her younger sister and freshman, Anci, this season.
“With Anika and Anci, there really isn’t a whole lot of coaching,” Gagnon said. “They’re so talented, they’re just so talented.”
“It’s fun,” added the junior Anika. “It’s definitely a lot more fun though because your actual family is your team, so when the team’s your family and your actual family is there, man it’s just a great time.”
With more than 10 tournament wins to its credits, West knows it can’t succeed without a total team effort. The Titans know that better than any other team, as their 2015 state title was won on a fifth score tiebreaker.
“You don’t win championships with just your one a two player,” Gagnon said. “It’s that three, four and five that you really have to groom. Those are the ones that are going to win it.”
“I think just our third and our fourth player, if they shoot in low 80s and high 70s, I think that we can really get that state championship and be all set,” added Anci Dy.
West begins another run at a state championship with a 10-team regional at Grandville’s Sunnybrook Country Club on Thursday.