The John Glenn girls golf team knew it was a special day when they saw the doughnuts.
No chips and water on this day.
“Coach brought donuts just for the excitement of the tournament,” Glenn junior Kiera Inda said. “Even if we didn’t win, we were going to celebrate.”
But the donuts would only be part of the celebration, as the Bobcats came through with top honors in the Bay County Girls Golf Championship – their first since 1998.
Nobody appreciated the accomplishment more than 20th-year coach Pete Remington, who watched his program try and try and try again to break through at the tourney that brings together the Bay County girls golf programs every season.
“The drought is over,” Remington said. “It’s a very good feeling. I know the girls wanted this one. They wanted to win the County.”
Glenn got it done in impressive fashion, pulling away from the four-team field at Green Hills Golf Course. The Bobcats came in with a four-player total of 408, good for a 43-stroke margin over Bay City Central (451). Bay City Western (458) placed third and Essexville Garber (473) took fourth.
Inda led the way, firing a round of 93 to fulfill her quest to be crowned Bay County medalist. After carding 51 on the front nine, she caught fire to shoot 42 on the back to add her name to the historic list of Bay County champions.
“I just think about calming myself and it’s not one shot that makes a round bad,” she said. “You have to put it past you and worry about the next one.”
Quinn Kowalczyk and Addison Alexander both came in at 101, delivering career-best performances in the ideal setting. Ady Sugden shot 113 to complete Glenn’s scoring. Their 408 total was the program’s best in Bay County action by 27 strokes.
Inda’s 93 also set a school record in the Bay County tourney as the Bobcats had plenty of cause for celebration. The donuts not least among them.
“I always bring snacks in case they forget,” Remington said. “And at some point they started saying ‘Oh, you just have chips again, huh?’ So this morning I loaded up on Cosmic Brownies and a bunch of random stuff and said ‘This is way better than chips!’
“That bag got devoured after the round.”
It was a hard-earned prize as Glenn endured a long victory drought in the annual event. Glenn won the first two Bay County Championships in 1997 and 1998 when it was a nine-hole tourney and girls golf was just getting started in the area. Glenn hadn’t finished better than third since then, until a runner-up finish in 2020.
“We’ve been practicing really hard for this,” said Inda, the junior No. 1 for Glenn. “Last year we were so close to winning and we decided ‘We’re going to push really hard and we’re going to get this.’ We pulled through, and we’re very proud of ourselves because we knew we could do it.
“To finally be on that board again is really an accomplishment.”
Bay City Central finished as runner-up for the second straight season and featured individual runner-up Greer Anderson at 96. Gabrielle Czuba shot 111, Kelcie Corrion 122 and Bailey Krause 122 for the Wolves.
Bay City Western placed third with Emma Weitzel at 107, Megan Pilarski 116, Samantha Powless 117 and Natalie List 118.
Garber was led by Sharidyn Antcliff at 107, Halle Maciag 120, Joanna Czinder 122 and Marissa Espinoza 124.
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