Alpena’s Nunneley sets golf record, earns Big North first team honors

Courtesy Photo Alpena High golfers Courtney Nunneley, left, and Maddie Parr earned all-Big North Conference at the conference championship on Monday in Traverse City. Nunneley earned first-team all-Big North honors while Parr earned second team honors.

 The Alpena High girls golf team finished its regular season competing in the Big North Conference Championship at the Traverse City Country Club on Monday.

Alpena finished fourth with a team score of 410. Senior Faith Pausits closed out the season with a career-best 117. Freshman Kennedy Ellis also recorded her career low round with a 113. Senior Courtney Nunneley led the team with an 86 that featured a 50-yard hole out eagle. Junior Brynna Smith scrambled a 104 and senior Maddie Parr played through back issues to gut out a 107. Nunneley earned seventh overall for the tournament.

Nunneley and Parr capped their high school careers earning Big North Conference honors. Nunneley earned first team conference honors while Parr received second team recognition.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team. We went head-to-head with TC West, the best team in the state, and each of our Lady Cats played at or better than their average,” Alpena coach Mike Nunneley said. “There’s nothing more challenging to a golfer than playing someone who’s much better than you. For the first time in three seasons, each of our girls didn’t worry about the competition and just played their own game and it showed.”

“No one on the team knew that Maddie Parr was suffering back spasms throughout the round. To qualify for conference honors, she had to finish. In fashion typical of Maddie, she persevered through the challenge and earned her conference recognition – an honor that puts her in a very select club in Alpena High history,” Nunneley said.

The Wildcats return to action next week at Division 2 Regionals hosted by Midland Dow.

“We’re going down to have fun,” Coach Nunneley stated. “This is our season finale and we’re not one of the favored teams. However, as they say, there’s a reason you play the game. If our girls relax and just play their game, anything can happen. Our goal at the start of the year was to earn a spot at States and that hasn’t changed,” Nunneley concluded.

Last Monday, Courtney Nunneley set a new program record for 18 holes. Nunneley fired a 78 at the Cheboygan Invitational, beating the old record of 81 set by Lizzy Heath. Nunneley’s 78 netted her second place. Since the summer, Nunneley has recorded a hole-in-one, won the City Open and earned first team Big North honors.

“Courtney’s goal at the beginning of the year was to make the 1st Team Big North Conference Team. When you consider the competition she faces in our conference playing the reigning Ms. Michigan Golfer and top ranked Division 1 team, earning a spot on the 1st Team was a daunting challenge. Courtney worked on her game, but more important, worked on having fun instead of putting pressure on herself. When she got out of her own way, she finished her career as one of the all-time great Alpena High School Lady Wildcats,” coach Nunneley said.

VOLLEYBALL

Hillman 3, Mio 1

MIO–Kristen Kenyon had 16 kills and four aces and the Hillman volleyball team defeated Mio on Tuesday in four sets. Hillman won 25-16, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-14.

MacKenzie Van Pamel had 20 assists for the Tigers; Alison Samp had 24 assists and Lyndsey Ryba had eight kills and six digs.

“We were up and down, but we played everybody and tried some different rotations,” Hillman coach Amy Moir said.

Hillman hosts Au Gres on Thursday.