Defending champs take Greenville Invitational

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 3:43 pm on Friday, September 23, 2011

Jessica Meloche of Greenville tees off on hole No. 12 on Thursday at The Links of Bowen Lake.

GOWEN —  The Muskegon Mona Shores Sailors put together another tremendous performance on the golf course. Not surprising for the two-time defending Division 2 state champions.
The Sailors won the Greenville Invitational Thursday at The Links of Bowen Lake with a score of 311. That was 41 shots better than second place Holt.
The host Yellow Jackets placed third with a score of 358, which was 20 shots better than Forest Hills Central in fourth place with a 378.
“They are very disappointed in their scores. We wanted to be at a place where we felt confident heading into regionals,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “I think that we will get that back. This has been a very difficult week for us.”
Greenville was playing a match for the fourth consecutive day. They are coming off a big victory over O-K White challenger East Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
“We have played four days in a row with no break time or a chance to regroup,” Johnson said. “We haven’t been able to work at what we’ve been struggling on.”
Mona Shores was led by match medalist Morgan Smith with an even par 72. They had five of the top six scores of the day.
Jessica Meloche led the Yellow Jackets with an 87. Lauryn Day shot 89, Jessica Bohner 90, Britta Bernth 92, Tori Sanders 101 and Megan Hallman 113.
Johnson blamed herself for having to play four consecutive days.
“I’ll take responsibility,”  Johnson said. “I didn’t fight hard enough to juggle the schedule.”
Central Montcalm finished in ninth place with a score of 471.
Tawny Graves led the Hornets with a 113. Kyla Bratty shot 115, Alex Albright 116, Sophie Villet 127, Samantha Kirk 127 and Jillian Partlo 143.
The Hornets are a young team with mainly first-year golfers.
“We were pretty close to our averages for the past couple of weeks,” Hornets coach Gary Buchholz said. “They have drop from 70s the mid-50s for nine holes. We did OK today on a tougher course.”
Greenville’s junior varsity team participated in the varsity event and placed 10th with a score of 475.
JV coach Richard Laurent said this is good experience for his team.
“I think they get a little nervous and I think that effects their scoring,” he said. “They are just as good as some of the teams. They don’t feel like it since they are too young. It’s good experience for the future.”
The shot of the day was by Holt’s Kari Somerville. The senior used a 4-iron on hole No. 4 for her first hole-in-one from 147 yards out.
“It was very exciting. When I first saw it I thought I would still have to chip on,” she said. “Then it round around and I thought it would be close. Then it went it and I was so shocked.”
The Yellow Jackets play next on Oct. 3 in the O-K White postconference tournament and the JV Yellow Jackets will play Sept. 28 in the conference tournament. Central Montcalm plays Saturday at the Cedar Springs Invitational.
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