ALMONT — Brandi Kautz shot an 81 over 18 holes en route to a two-way tie for fifth place, leading the way for the Almont girls’ golf team at the Division 4 state finals last Saturday.

Forest Akers West Golf Course, in East Lansing, served as the tournament venue.

Almont’s Jesse Hellebuyck and Brandi Kautz pose for a picture at states.

Kautz’s impressive outing began with an opening nine of 40.

She then followed it up with a 41, leaving her with an 81 total at round’s end.

For her performance, Kautz attained All-State status (given to the low 10 scorers) that day.

Jesse Hellebuyck rounded out Almont’s two-golfer contingent at states, nearly earning All-State accolades as well.

She finished the day with an 87, featuring an opening nine of 39 and a closing nine of 48. That paved the day to an 11th-place showing.

As far as the team competition was concerned, Montague (343), Lansing Catholic (370) and Michigan Center (371) held down the top-three spots. They were followed by Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian (372), Durand and Royal Oak Shrine (389 each), Harbor Springs and Wixom St. Catherine of Siena Academy (391 apiece), Remus Chippewa Hills and Adrian Lenawee Christian (394 each), Kalamazoo Hackett (397), Shepherd (398), Jackson Lumen Christi (409), Mt, Pleasant Sacred Heart (411), South Haven (425), North Muskegon (429), Ann Arbor Greenhills (433) and Hanover Horton (447).

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.