Carlson, Jefferson’s Calvin advance to state golf finals

YPSILANTI – Callie Calvin could hear the whispers.

The Jefferson senior knew she was having a good day on the golf course, but she wasn’t sure exactly where she stood in the standings. Eventually the word started to spread that Calvin was in the running to qualify for state during Wednesday’s Division 2 Regional at Pine View Golf Course.

“Someone said something to her and she asked me, ‘Do you think there’s a chance?'” Jefferson coach Ann Maitland said. “I just told her to keep playing her best. I didn’t want to give her a yes or no. I told her to just play her best and we’d find out at the end.”

In the end, it was good news.

Calvin scored a personal-best 93 to finish fourth overall and earn the top individual qualifier for the state meet Oct. 14-15 in East Lansing.

Joining her will be the entirety of Gibraltar Carlson’s squad after the Marauders finished third in the team standings with 407. Ypsilanti Lincoln scored 378 to win the meet and Grosse Pointe South was second with 379.

As a team, Jefferson finished in fifth place with 420.

“It seemed like our whole team started off a little rough, but as the weather warmed up, most of the girls warmed up,” Maitland said. “We took five seniors, so they really thought we could go. If everybody shot their average, we could’ve gone, but it just didn’t work out for us.”