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By Jason Schmitt
WATERFORD >> Two-a-days aren’t just for those on the gridiron.
South Lyon girls golf coach Dan Skatzka is a former football coach who took a page out of his former sport’s playbook – offering up extended training sessions for his Lions this summer.
“We spend an enormous amount of time trying to help everybody get ready for the season,” Skatzka said. “Everybody else has single sessions. I’m an old football coach, so we do double sessions. The girls are there like eight hours a day up until the tournaments start. That’s what it takes.”
All that hard work paid off on Wednesday, as South Lyon topped the field at the Oakland County Division 1 golf tournament played at the Pontiac Country Club. The Lions put together a team score of 344, which narrowly edged out runner-up Rochester Adams, which shot 345.
Senior Katie Potter led the way with a round of 77. Teammate Gabriella Tapp, just a freshman, fired a round of 81, giving the Lions two of the top four scores for the day.
“Katie had a great round for us and just missed shooting a 76 and Gabriella played a super round, too. She’s been great for us all year long,” said Skatzka, who’s been the Lions head coach for 13 years. “And the other girls came through as well, it was an entire team effort. That’s kind of the way we do it.”
Emma Mackey shot 92 and Bella Campbell added a 94 to round out the scoring for South Lyon.
Emma Ni’s 83 led Adams, which had all five of its golfers shoot 92 or better. No team bunched its scoring as tight as the Highlanders Detroit Country Day finished third at 350, followed by Stoney Creek (356), Troy (357), Birmingham Marian (360), Bloomfield Hills (367), Birmingham Groves (367), Birmingham Seaholm (374) and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (384) in the top 10.