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Central's McManus, Suttons Bay's Hursey named to Hall of Fame

The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. — Brendan Quealy The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.

Nov. 13--TRAVERSE CITY -- Come May 11, 2018, the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame will have four more names added to its elite list -- and two of those will have some local flare.

Traverse City Central's Lois McManus and Suttons Bay's Todd Hursey will be inducted along with Troy's John Getzan and Milford's Jim Sander, posthumously, as was announced by Hall of Fame chairman, 2003 inductee and former longtime TC Central golf coach Bob Lober on Thursday.

"When Bob first called me to tell me, I was kind of speechless," McManus said. "He was talking, and then all of a sudden I said, 'I think I'm going to cry. I have tears in my eyes,' and he said, 'So do I.' And then he said, 'Trust me, when you tell your kids, you're going to cry.'"

Lober was correct. The 66-year-old McManus said she got "a little teary eyed" when she told her two children, Sara and Brian, but "kept it together" when she told her parents, Jack and Dorene Sommerville.

"It means a lot to me. My son played for Bob when he was in high school. My daughter plays, and now my five grandkids play." McManus said. "Without the love and support of my kids, family, friends and golfing families, my coaching career would not have been as successful. Each one of them deserves a large share of this award."

McManus is happy to share the game she loves with her five grandchildren -- Simon, Charliese, Bianca, Baker and Fisher. Every Friday, McManus picks up her crew, takes them to Oleson's Food Store to get a donut and either milk or juice before they hit a bucket of balls and then take to the course for nine holes.

"Golf kept me centered and grounded," McManus said. "It's taught me patience, taught me honesty, integrity -- because that's what the game is all about. It teaches you a lot of life skills. It teaches you to be a better person."

McManus began golfing as an 8-year-old under the instruction of her father, who still plays golf at 90 years old, and played in her first tournament on her 12th birthday. Six years later, she began her coaching career.

"Golf has always been a security blanket to me," McManus said. "If I have something that has upset me or something that is kind of gnawing at me, I can go out or even just hit a few golf balls and it relaxes me right down. Golf has always meant a lot to me."

McManus has a laundry list of accomplishments as a coach. Her teams have competed in nearly 300 tournaments and won 71 of them while finishing runner up another 70 times. She coached her teams to seven Big North Conference championships, three regional championships and was a state championship runner-up three times. She had 14 teams and four individuals play in the state championship meet in both Division 1 and 2.

She was also the MIGCA Division 2 regional coach of the year in 2010 as well as this past season. She earned D-1 regional coach of the year honors in 2000 and 2004, and was also the D-1 state coach of the year in 2001.

"You don't really realize what you've accomplished until you start writing it down on a piece of paper," McManus said. "When you take all of the tournaments you coached over the years and start putting numbers next to them, it's pretty amazing. When you think of all that and try to put it into some sort of perspective, you really can't do it. It's overwhelming."

For Hursey, the honor is more about the program at Suttons Bay than it is about him.

"It's an exciting honor for Suttons Bay golf," Hursey said. "The players I've been able to coach have done so much and meant so much. It really has been my honor to be the coach of the program and work with all of the great kids and the great families and great assistant coaches that I've had. Even though my name will be on it, I look at it as a win for Suttons Bay golf."

The 47-year-old has coached the Norsemen for the last 21 years, winning 11 Northwest Conference championships, two district championships, six regional championships, qualified 15 teams and four individuals for the state championships and won four Division 4 state championships in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2015.

Hursey's achievements earned him MIGCA district coach of the year three times, regional coach of the year four times and the Division 4 boys state coach of the year in 2001, 2006 and 2016.

"It's been a special game since as early as I can remember," Hursey said. "Just growing up playing with my dad, playing with my family, making friends. That led into me starting my coaching career and being able to associate with great people. I've been lucky to hang out with some hall of fame coaches. If you associate yourself with the right people, you're bound to learn some things along the way."

Hursey considers Lober to be among those "right people."

"I owe a great deal of thanks to Bob Lober, who's been a mentor to me since day one of my golf coaching career," Hursey said. "It's one thing to be there when someone is asking a question, but Bob went out of his way to anticipate things that I would need and seek me out. I'm just so grateful for all he's done."

Hursey also said he could not have accomplished what he has in his two-plus decades as a coach without his wife.

"I've been blessed that my wife Nicki has been so supportive and encouraging of what I do," Hursey said. "That has been huge for me."

His son Thomas Hursey has been under his tutelage and was part of the 2015 state championship team.

"That's been amazing," Hursey said of coaching his son. "When you look at the highlights, obviously the state championships, coaching Thomas is right up there. There's so many great memories of coaching that have nothing to do with championships -- too many to name -- and coaching Thomas is right up there. I'm thankful that he was able to be part of the program and helped us win a state championship. We have really bonded through the sport."

As much as he's enjoyed working with his son, Hursey has built special relationships with all of his players, past and present.

"It's as rewarding to see players grow through the life skills as it is winning championships," Hursey said. "All of the honesty and integrity of the game, so much is revealed about yourself as you play. A lot comes out that tells you who you are."

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