TAWAS CITY – The Tawas Area golf team hosted a Division 3 regional at Red Hawk Golf Course on Wednesday, May 29. The Braves finished 15th out of 20 teams, carding a team score of 433. St. Louis took top honors with 362. On a positive note, senior Gabe Martin qualified for the state finals as an individual with a round of 82, coming in fifth place. 

“Obviously regionals is a vey tough day,” head coach Keith Martin said. “The pressure of having an entire season or an entire career if you are a senior come down to one round of golf can be overwhelming. I think as a team, the pressure got to us. Three of our five players have never experienced this before and it is understandable. 

“I am proud of this group though, despite a real lack of experience and extremely poor weather this spring this group worked as hard as and I’ve ever had. Senior Gabe Martin, juniors Ethan Haire and Kyle Evans and freshman Max Martin and Kendel Couturier put in a great deal of time and effort, not just at practice but on their own.  I don’t think our score today represents how much they’ve improved as a team over this season.  I’m very proud of all of them.”

After Gabe Martin’s fifth place finish was Max Martin in 34th with a 99, Ethan Haire carded a 106 and was 60th, Kyle Evans was 93rd with a round of 146 and Kendal Couturier was 95th by carding a 147.

“Even Gabe, who’s played in two state finals, felt the pressure,” Martin said. “He’s been playing very well lately, winning the John Glenn Invite and finishing fifth in a tough field at The Nightmare last week. But he struggled finishing his round, playing his last five holes in five over par. He went from comfortably qualifying for states and having a chance at a regional title to having to sweat it out. But I’m glad he held on to a top-five all-region spot and was able to qualify as an individual player. He’s worked hard and he deserves it.”

The state finals are Friday and Saturday at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Course.