• James Townsend

Portland’s Pier Competes in Division 3 State Championship


Portland High School varsity golfer sophomore Zach Pier was one of 107 golfers playing for the title of Individual State Champion in Division 3 this Friday and Saturday. As a freshman in 2017, Pier tied for third place in the state. Pier won the 2018 regional championship on May 30th with a 72 at Portland’s Willow Wood Golf Club.

On Friday, Pier played a solid eighteen-hole round on day one of the 2018 MHSAA LP Division 3 Boys Golf State Finals. Zach shot a two-over-par 74 on Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West Golf Course. At the end of the day he was four strokes behind Friday’s individual leader and in a three-way tie for second place.

On Saturday, Pier scored an 86, putting his two-day total to 160, and landing him just outside the top ten medaling golfers. Pier would end up finishing tied for 15th.

While his final placement was likely lower than what he had hoped for, I am confident that this fine young man’s best golf is still to come.

Top Individuals scores according to mhsaa.com

(First Day - Second Day - Total)

1. Pierce Morrissey, Big Rapids - 70 - 77 - 147

2. Anderson Ryan, GR West Catholic - 76 - 74 - 150

3. Brock Decker, Houghton Lake - 75 - 77 - 152

4. Tanner Schnell, Jackson Lumen Christi - 75 - 78 - 153

4. Ethan O'Farrell, Lansing Catholic - 77 - 76 - 153

6. Eddie Murphy, Chesaning - 77 - 78 - 155

7. Daniel Shattuck, Tawas Area - 76 - 80 - 156

7. Owen Seay, Big Rapids - 74 - 82 - 156

9. Grant Mills, St Louis - 74 - 85 - 159

9. Brody Spink, Hanover-Horton - 76 - 83 - 159

Individual Qualifiers

(First Day - Second Day - Total)

Houghton Lake - Brock Decker - 75 - 77 - 152

Lansing Catholic - Ethan O'Farrell - 77 - 76 - 153

Chesaning - Eddie Murphy - 77 - 78 - 155

St Louis - Grant Mills - 74 - 85 - 159

Ludington - Evan McKinley - 78 - 82 - 160

Portland - Zach Pier - 74 - 86 - 160

Riverview Gabriel Richard - Evan Johnson - 77 - 85 - 162

Clare - JJ Gross - 80 - 85 - 165

Berrien Springs - Blake Rudlaff - 84 - 87 - 171

Shelby - Tyler Hukill - 91 - 81 - 172

Marine City - Jacob Belli - 84 - 89 - 173

Grandville Calvin Christian - Luke VanNamen - 87 - 88 - 175

Jonesville - Grant Baker - 86 - 91 - 177

Onsted - Seth Breseman - 95 - 93 - 188

Onsted - Carson Davis - 100 - 90 - 190

Alma - Brandon Fandell - 97 - 96 - 193

Buchanan - John Gartland - 104 - 95 - 199

Photo courtesy of PHS varsity boys golf coach, Jon Snellenberger.

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