2012-06-20 / Sports

The Sanilac County News All-County Golf Team

Austin Carter Cros-Lex Austin Carter Cros-Lex Four repeat selections highlight the list for this year's Sanilac County News All-County Golf Team.

Among the six players named to the First Team are repeat performers Austin Carter and Robert Donnan of Cros-Lex, Mike Mezo of Sandusky and Matt Falls of CPS. Joining that foursome are newcomers Cody Newland of Marlette and Jeremy Radloff of Sandusky. Led by Carter, all six players averaged under 44 per nine holes this season.

Only a sophomore, Austin Carter of the Pioneers has performed at a high level for the past two seasons. A year ago, he posted the team's low 36-hole score at the Division 2 State Finals and averaged 40.85 for the campaign. This time around, he was the Blue Water Area Conference's No. 1 player and helped a lesser experienced C-L team reach the D2 regionals with his 39.1 season average. Carter twice shot a season-low 74 for 18 holes, in the districts and at the County tournament. His best nine-hole score was a 35 at Holly Meadows. The lone blemish, just barely, was when he just missed qualifying, individually, for the State tournament. Carter was edged out at regionals in a three-way playoff for the third and final qualifying spot.

Robert Donnan Cros-Lex Robert Donnan Cros-Lex "He had a good year and won the BWAC. But, he was disappointed, individually, because he didn't go back to State," Cros-Lex coach Dennis Fabbri commented.

"He's 110% golf, he's all about golf," Fabbri continued. "He's already been working for next year. He's trying to build a resume` for college. He wants to play at a Division I school."

Fabbri pointed out the strengths of Carter's game. "He's always a long driver of the ball, consistently long. But, mostly, it's just his competitiveness that he has over the other kids. He's just mentally strong."

Mike Mezo Sandusky Mike Mezo Sandusky In his third varsity season, CPS's Matt Falls had now landed on the All-County team two years in a row. The Tiger junior improved his game by two strokes this season, averaging 42 per nine holes, and aided in guiding his team to an NCTL title. Falls tied for runner-up, behind Carter, at the Sanilac County Tournament at Holly Meadows with an 81, his low 18-hole score of the season. He turned in a 39 for his best in nine-holes.

Joe Garcia, CPS coach, had much to say about Falls: "He plays really, really consistent. He just has that really good course management. We are real fortunate, at our class size, to have a player at the level with Cros-Lex and schools like that."

Garcia continued, "Plus, he's a good basketball player and that athleticism carries over. Also, he never gets down on himself. He has a great attitude. He also drives pretty consistently and his short game is really good."

Matt Falls CPS Matt Falls CPS Robert Donnan, an All-County choice as a sophomore a year ago, turned in another strong season this spring. He averaged 43.1 per nine, scoring low rounds of 39 for nine holes and 81 for 18 (at districts). He also earned a spot on the All-BWAC Second Team this season.

Coach Fabbri praised Donnan's steady play on the golf course.

"He's another kid back from being part of a team that went to State. He's a very hard worker, a great kid. He's very consistent. He never went real low, but he never went real high. I'm very excited to have him back one more year," Fabbri said.

A fourth repeat performer on the All-County First Team is Sandusky's Mike Mezo. The Redskin senior had some ups and downs in tournament play this spring, but was a dominant force in GTC East jamborees. Mezo ran away with the top individual spot in the league to land MVP honors for the second year in a row. A team captain, he helped lead Sandusky to a third straight East championship and another district crown. Mezo finished with a 43.2 average in nine-hole play. His best effort was a 40.

Cody Newland Marlette Cody Newland Marlette "He's been a good leader for us," said Sandusky coach John Guttowsky. "He's been a dedicated player for us the last three years. He deserved to be considered for league MVP."

On Mezo's strengths on the course, Guttowsky added, "He stays out of trouble. He keeps the ball in the fairway and gives himself a chance to score."

Taking his game up a few notches this season, Marlette's Cody Newland moved from the Honorable Mention list on All-County last season to the First Team status. A Division 3 regional qualifier as an individual this spring, Newland, a four-year varsity player, earned All-GTC East honors in 2012. He averaged 43.4 per nine. His best rounds this season were a 39 for nine and an 84 for 18.

Jeremy Radloff Sandusky Jeremy Radloff Sandusky "Cody is a perfect example of a self-made player," remarked Coach, and father, Gary Newland. "The work he put in to improve his game over the last four years is amazing.

"At the beginning of this year he outlined three individual goals he had for himself," noted Coach Newland, "Become a Jamboree medalist, be a top five golfer in the conference and qualify for regionals. He accomplished all of those goals this year.

"The strongest part of his game," Newland added, "was his consistent level of play."

Another captain for the Sandusky golf squad this spring was four-year player Jeremy Radloff, who seemed to be at his best in 18-hole competitions. For the year, he averaged 43.8 for nine holes. While he had a low nine-hole score of

John Guttowsky Sandusky Coach John Guttowsky Sandusky Coach 40, Radloff's best for

18 was an 83 at districts.

Guttowsky said that Radloff has played a big roll for the

'Skins in his career.

"Obviously, he was a very pivotal player in all three of our league championships. The big thing for him is his consistency. His scores don't deviate a whole lot. And, it seemed, in big matches, he came up very strong for us."

For the second straight season, the Sanilac County

News has chosen Dennis

Fabbri of Cros-Lex and

John Guttowsky of

Sandusky as Co-

Coaches of the Year.

Fabbri had just two proven players back from the 2011 squad that won a BWAC championship and climbed its way to a berth in the D2 State Finals. This time, the Pioneers, though, continued to improve, as a team as the season went along. They had a strong finish in BWAC play and a good showing in districts, advancing into the regionals. "It was a slow start, but then we finished tied for third (in the BWAC)," pointed out Fabbri. "For me, personally, it was how the kids were building confidence. They came through, tried to pull out their best, and responded.

Dennis Fabbri Cros-Lex Coach Dennis Fabbri Cros-Lex Coach 2012 Sanilac County News All-County Golf

Name, School Avg. Cl.
Austin Carter, Cros-Lex 39.1 So.
Matt Falls, CPS 42.0 Jr.
Robert Donnan, Cros-Lex 43.2 Jr.
Mike Mezo, Sandusky 43.2 Sr.
Cody Newland, Marlette 43.4 Sr.
Jeremy Radloff, Sandusky 43.8 Sr.

Adam Nantz, CPS 44.0 Jr.
Mike Kandell, Sandusky 44.8 Sr.
Justin Mills, Sandusky 45.3 Sr.
Tyler Rhoney, Cros-Lex 45.7 Sr.
Alec Sajewski, Brown City 46.1 Sr.
Antonio Sanson, Brown City 46.3 Sr.
Tyler Utter, Brown City 46.3 Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION Brown City - Morgan Grutsch (Jr.), Connor Michaels (Jr.); CPS - Michael DiRusso (Sr.), Scott Falls (Sr.), Justin Mackey (Sr.); Cros-Lex - Jordan Fabbri (So.), Kevin Quinn (Sr.); Marlette - Mike Jocham (Jr.), Nate Strauel (Jr.); Sandusky - David Ross (So.)

"Going into districts, and on to the regionals, it was a great season" continued Fabbri. "This was one of the most satisfying for me because the kids achieved so much."

It was not a surprise that the Sandusky golf team won a third consecutive league title and that it also qualified for regionals a second straight time. Still, the players, with a mix of veterans and some new faces, had to perform. Guttowsky, the veteran of 11 seasons, was the guiding hand.

"We expected a lot this year, especially for our captains," Guttowsky frankly stated. "I so wanted to get these guys to the State finals, but we didn't have a good day at the regionals."

Guttowsky credited his players, though, for a very impressive season, despite a little bit of a slow start.

"When you have good teams, you have players with talent that want to put in the extra time," Guttowsky said. "As a coach in golf, the job is to help them, individually, to improve their game.

"I'm extremely fortunate, not only this year, but over the last few years, to have kids that really wanted to play and put in the work. This is indicative of the effort they put forth," he added.

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