ADA – The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf used a great performance on Friday at the Division 2 regionals to qualify for the state finals this weekend.
The Yellow Jackets – currently ranked No. 4 in Division 2 – fired a 343 to place second at Egypt Valley Country Club. They were just nine strokes behind No. 1 rated and two-time defending state champion Muskegon Mona Shores with a 334.
Traverse City Central also qualified for the state final by finishing third with a score of 361.
“I feel like we went into this with a lot of confidence,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “I think being nine strokes off the No. 1 ranked team in the state is a great accomplishment.”
Britta Bernth led the Yellow Jackets with a score of 84, which was third best on the day. Mona Shores’ Morgan Smith was the match medalist with a 77.
Jessica Bohner fired an 85 (4th overall), Jessica Meloche had 86 (7th), Tori Sanders 88 (10th) and Lauryn Day a 95 (19th).
Forest Hills Central was fourth with 386, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer fifth with 397.
The Yellow Jackets placed fourth at the state finals a year ago. Bernth and Meloche were named all-state by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association in 2010.
Oakland University’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course will serve as host for the Division 2 state final beginning on Friday. The two-day tournament wraps up on Saturday.
The weather is not expected to be as nice as it was on Friday. The extended forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 50s with rain.
Greenville is looking forward to the chance to win a state title.
“Anything can happen when we get to state,” Johnson said. “The girls are very excited and the confidence is building. We are looking forward to great things happening.”