The Almont girls’ golf team poses for a photo after winning the BWAC title. Three days later, Almont qualified for states by placing third at their regional. Photo by


ALMONT — The Almont girls’ golf team continues to add to their growing list of accomplishments, qualifying for the state finals and winning a Blue Water Area Conference title this past week.

Almont closed out that successful stretch Monday, claiming a third-place finish at a Division 4 regional.

Washtenaw Golf Club, in Ypsilanti, is where the action unfolded.

With the outcome, Almont advances to the Division 4 state finals set for October 14-15. That event will be contested at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale.

Ann Arbor Greenhills (380), Royal Oak Shrine (388) and Almont (410) held down the top-three spots at Monday’s regional. They were followed Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart (440), Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central (447), Petersburg Summerfield (468), Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (479) and Plymouth Christian Academy (577).

Taylor Trillium Academy, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian and Austin Catholic also competed, but did not field complete lineups.

Jesse Kautz shot a 90 and Olivia Kotelnicki posted a 94 to lead Almont that day. The Raiders also counted Autumn Bletch’s 111 and Bella Moussiaux’s 115.

Three days earlier, Almont won the title in convincing fashion at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament. Holly Meadows Golf Course in Capac is where the action unfolded.

Almont (191) withstood the respective challenges of North Branch (462), Yale (467), Richmond (468) and Lutheran Northwest (471) to win the title.

Imlay City also participated, but did not field a complete squad.

Kautz’s tournament-low round of 86 over 18 holes led Almont that day. Kotelnicki claimed second medalist honors, thanks to a 98.

Almont also
counted Bletch’s 103 and Moussiaux’s 104. Those scores were good for fourth and fifth medalist honors, respectively.

Lakynn Alessandrini and Alexa Lengemann paced Imlay City with 125s. They were backed by Summer Belleville (145).

With the tournament showing, the Almont girls’ golf team clinched the BWAC title. The Raiders swept all the regular season matches as well.

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.