GREENVILLE – The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team will leave for the metro Detroit area following school today. They will begin competing in its third straight Division 2 state final tomorrow.
The two-day tournament takes place at Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester and is the home course of Oakland University. The last two state finals have taken place in East Lansing at Forest Akers East (9th place finish in 2009) and Forest Akers West (4th in 2010).
Greenville junior Britta Bernth has been a part of all three state finals teams. She is excited for another opportunity and said this course is a little easier than last year.
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but easier than West (Forest Akers),” Bernth said. “I think the scores will be a lot lower than last year.”
Bernth said Katke-Cousins features a lot less obstacles than Forest Ackers West.
“Oakland is a lot more straight forward. Hit it straight and you can par out,” she said. “Hit the greens and you’re good.”
Yellow Jackets senior Jessica Meloche is excited to be back as well.
“I’m really excited. I think everyone is,” she said.
Greenville has played three practice rounds at Katke-Cousins. Meloche agrees with her teammates take on the course.
“It’s not too long. It has real big greens,” Meloche said. “Pretty much, you just have to hit your driver straight and you will do fine.”
Muskegon Mona Shores is the favorite to win the state title. They have done so the past two years. Meloche said they don’t have any weaknesses.
“They are a deep team. Their four and five golfers can shoot in the 80s,” Meloche said. “Their whole is team is all-around well.”
Bernth thinks her team will do well on the course that requires driving accuracy.
“I think we can. With me, I hit it far, but sometimes a little left or right,” Bernth said. “Some of the other girls are a little more consistent hitting it straight. I think we will be OK. We are all going down confident in our play.”
Both Bernth and Meloche were all-state a year ago. They both are shooting for a top 10 finish this year.
The weather isn’t expected to be ideal for golf. The forecast calls for highs 60 along with rain showers both Friday and Saturday.