No. 5 golfers lifetime best helps Brighton set Livingston County record

BRIGHTON — Sydney Rauh was simply playing golf.

She was playing incredibly good golf, which she didn’t realize until she checked a score app more than halfway through her round.

“I didn’t realize that was happening,” Rauh said. “I looked and saw that I was through 12 myself and I tried not to think too much about it and get in my head and mess myself up. But towards the end I really started to kick it into gear and push it through because I knew it really happened.”

“It” was the round of her life, a 3-over-par 75 that not only put her in the 70s for the first time, but deep into the 70s.

And when a team’s No. 5 golfer shoots 75, amazing things can happen.

Brighton junior Sydney Rauh shot a career-low 75 to tie for third in the KLAA preseason golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

Brighton junior Sydney Rauh shot a career-low 75 to tie for third in the KLAA preseason golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

Great things like shooting 300 to break the Livingston County record and beating a strong field in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association preseason tournament Thursday at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

The Bulldogs have flirted this season with the county record 309, which they set in the KLAA’s Lakes Conference preseason tournament on September 2, 2015 at Hartland Glen Golf Course.

It was no surprise that this Brighton team, ranked No.1 in Division 1, would eventually break that mark.

The pleasant surprise of the day was the game of Rauh, whose previous career low was 80. She averaged 83 in her first four tournaments this season, a marked improvement from her first two years on the team.

Brighton senior Lauren Forcier shot a 74 to finish second in the KLAA preseason golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

Brighton senior Lauren Forcier shot a 74 to finish second in the KLAA preseason golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

In the same tournament two years ago, shortly after moving to Brighton from Las Vegas, Rauh shot 98 for 29th place. On Thursday, her score finished third in one of the top golf leagues in Michigan.

“I actually texted her Tuesday night after a great round (82) she had at Oakland Hills,” Brighton coach Paul Parsell said. “I said, ‘You’re going to be a great player. Keep at it.’ I’m so proud of her. She put it all together. It’s been trending to go that way.

“When she first came from Vegas, she shot in the high 90s and clipped into the 100s. Then she stabilized in the 90s as a freshman. Now we’re not even halfway through the season and she’s in the 70s ers. If your No. 5 is shooting in the 70s, a lot of things can go down.”

Rauh did not grow up in Brighton, but has formed a close bond with her teammates that has helped her begin to reach her potential as a golfer.

“We have so much fun and we always push each other,” said Rauh, who had three straight birdies on the front nine. “Even in training and everything, we love being a team, but we’re also really good at challenging each other, so we’re all three strokes apart all the time.

“We’re so close. I can always go over and talk to them about anything, golf or not. We’re not just a team, but we’re a family and really good friends.”

Brighton junior Anelise Gatti tied for third with a 75 in the KLAA preseason golf tournament on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

Brighton junior Anelise Gatti tied for third with a 75 in the KLAA preseason golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at Kensington Metropark Golf Course.

The Bulldogs set the county record by tallying no score higher than 76. In fact, they shot a 76.

Senior Lauren Forcier tied for second with a 74, Rauh and junior Anelise Gatti tied for third with 75s, and seniors Maddy Martens and Abbie Pietila tied for fifth with 76s.

Even an 84 by No. 6 golfer Elle Krill would have been the top score for seven of the 12 teams in the tournament.

“We’ve been building for this day for a while, for a couple of years now, and we finally got here,” Parsell said.

Hartland finished sixth with a score of 381, led by Brooklyn Daniels’ 85. Howell tied for seventh with a 383, led by an 87 by Mary Carstensen.

KLAA preseason girls golf tournament

Team scoring

1. Brighton 300; 2. Plymouth 327; 3. Northville 342; 4. Novi 350; 5. Canton 359; 6. Hartland 381; 7. Howell 383; 8. Livonia Stevenson 439; 9. Salem 449; 10. Livonia Churchill 449; 11. Livonia Franklin 461; 12. Belleville 495.

Top people

Brooke Morris, Plymouth, 73

Lauren Forcier, Brighton, 74

Sydney Rauh, Brighton, 75

Anelise Gatti, Brighton, 75

Maddy Martens, Brighton, 76

Abbie Pietila, Brighton, 76

Saanvitha Mullapudi, Novi, 76

Alyssa Calabrese, Canton, 80

Annie Flavin, Plymouth, 81

Meera Sankar, Northville, 82

Haele McManes, Novi, 82

Sanya Singhal, Northville, 82

Contact Bill Khan at wkhan@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @BillKhan

This article originally appeared on the Livingston Daily: No. 5 golfers career best helps Brighton set Livingston County record

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