The Almont girls’ golf team of Rachael Johnson, Eva Rayl, Olivia Kotelnicki, Tara Tencza, Nora Sinistaj and Jesse Kautz pose for a photo after winning the BWAC Tourney. Almont has won the league title every year since 2015.

TRI-CITY AREA — Almont (no. 8 statewide among Division 4 girls’ golf squads according to the Michigan Golf Coaches Association) saw to it they would fend off all challengers, bringing home a first-place finish last Thursday from the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament.

Holly Meadows Golf Course, in Capac, is where the action unfolded.

Along with Thursday’s top finish, Almont placed first in all seven BWAC 9-hole Jamborees this season.

For their performances, Almont earns the distinction of league champions.

Almont’s pacesetting total was 375 at the BWAC Tournament. They were followed by Yale (439), Richmond (440), Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (445) and North Branch (476).

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

Jesse Kautz (81) and Olivia Kotelnicki (89) led Almont that day. They were first and second medalists, respectively.

Nora Sinastaj, who was fifth overall, supplied the next best Almont showing with a 99. The Raiders also counted Tara Tencza’s 106.

Alexa Lengemann paced Imlay City with a 97, good for fourth medalist honors. Lakynn Alessandrini (122) and Payton Day (138) also represented the Spartans.


First team- Jesse Kautz (MVP); Olivia Kotelnicki, Almont; Alexa Lengemann, Imlay City; Tara Tencza, Almont; Jaclyn Jozwiak, Richmond; Abby Kean, Yale; Rachael Johnson, Almont; and Camille Verlinde, Armada.

Honorable mention- Nora Sinistaj, Almont; Lakynn Alessandrini, Imlay City; Abbey Nikkel, Armada; Alivia Swoish, North Branch; Olivia Ryan, Richmond; and Rori Cowhy, Yale.

Kevin Kissane

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.