Greenville golfers prep for state finals


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 2:33 pm on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GREENVILLE -

Jessica Bohner

The 343 was Greenville’s second lowest score of the year. Their lowest season total was a 341 at the Oak Pointe Country Club for the Brighton Invitational in August.

The Yellow Jackets placed all four scoring golfers in the top 10 at regionals. Four out of five golfers were in the 80s including No. 3 Jessica Bohner with an 85 and No. 4 Tori Sanders with an 88.

Both Bohner and Sanders’ scores were season lows. Bohner was nearly nine shots below her season average and Sanders seven shots lower.

“That’s exactly what we needed. To get everybody low,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “I still think we can get a couple players in the 70s and a couple in the 80s at state and we would be in great shape.”

For Bohner, an equipment adjustment may have spurred the low score. It was realized her clubs were just a little too short and the correction was made.

“It was like night and day,” Johnson said of the change. “She got the confidence and just came through for us. I’m just proud of how hard she works and everything paid off.”

The state finals will take place Friday and Saturday at Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester. The course was designed by Bob Beard and William Newcombe. It opened in 1978 and serves as the home course for Oakland University.

Greenville traveled to Rochester on Sunday for a practice round – its third of the season there – to help prepare for the tourney. Weather conditions are not expected to be as favorable as the the past couple of weeks.

“It’s kind of an old-style course, kind of nestled in the woods,” Johnson said. “It really was an enjoyable day on the course. The girls really paid attention to the clubs they used on the tee box and how they approached the greens.

“I think they have a really good handle on what they need to do and how they want to play it,” she added.

Muskegon Mona Shores is the favorite to win the state championship. Johnson said her team has confidence and are expecting to compete.

“They are great girls. They are a nice group of girls as a team,” Johnson said of Mona Shores. “But on any given day anyone can take over. They are making sure to stay where they are and we are doing what we can to move forward.”

Greenville will head down to the metro Detroit area on Thursday following school. The Yellow Jackets placed fourth overall last year.

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