Greenville golfers win another conference title

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 7:50 pm on Wednesday, October 05, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS – Greenville’s girls golf team once again became a champion in their conference.
This time the Yellow Jacket girls won the O-K White Conference title at the post-conference tournament Tuesday at The Golf Club At Thornapple Pointe, shooting a team score of 344.

Greenville, ranked fourth in the state in Division 2 by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association, beat East Grand Rapids, ranked sixth in Division 3 in the same poll (375) and Grand Rapids Christian (423).

Northview finished fourth with 444 and Lowell fifth with 454.

“We won the conference for the 11th year in a row,” said Greenville coach Nancy Johnson.

In fact, the Yellow Jackets had the top three golfers in the tournament and four of the top five. They were led by match medalist Britta Bernth with a 78. Jessica Meloche added an 85 as did Lauryn Day and Tori Sanders shot a 96.

“I think they were a little up and down, but a win’s a win,” Johnson said. “I’m very pleased with the results. I think the girls were excited about the win.”

The best any other player could manage was Claire Ludlow of East Grand Rapids, who carded a 92 on her round. Greenville and East Grand Rapids combined to have the top 10 golfers on the round.

“When you have good weather in most cases you play well,” Johnson said.

Next up for Greenville is the Division 2 regional tournament on Friday, hosted by Byron Center.

“We have competition with (Muskegon) Mona Shores,” Johnson said. “We know they’re out there. I want to believe we can put up some great scores competing against Mona Shores.”

What kind of scores?

“I think if they could get Britta and ‘J’ (Meloche) in the 70s and get two more in the 80s – get Lauryn in the 80s and get Jessica Bohner in the 80s it would be a good thing,” Johnson said. “I’ve got two that can make the 70s and two can get into the low 80s.”

Johnson is just hoping to do well in the regionals.

“We can put up respectable scores on Friday that will allow us to go to state finals,” she said. “Once we’re there anything can happen.”

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