ROCHESTER - The Greenville girls golf team used a consistent effort in lousy weather to finish third at the Division 2 state finals on Saturday.
Greenville was sixth after day one on Friday with a score of 359. On Saturday, in 40 mph winds, the Yellow Jackets fired a 360 – tied for third on the day - to jump three spots and tie a school record with their highest finish at the state final.
“To move up to third was great. I’m very proud of the girls,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said.
Muskegon Mona Shores won its third consecutive Division 2 state title with a total score of 661 (328-333). Birmingham Seaholm was second with 688 (338-350).
“What I said to them and their coach was to bring it home for West Michigan,” Johnson said. “Our Greenville girls golf team has a wonderful relationship with the Mona Shores girls. That’s something I enjoy seeing.”
Johnson said the weather, not only effected the Yellow Jackets, but every golfer over the two-day tournament at Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester.
“When you set up to hit the ball and expect it to go one place by adjusting to the wind,” she said. “Then the wind is even stronger than you think. The ball was going into the woods and places the girls never hit their ball before.”
The Yellow Jackets were led by Jessica Meloche. She finished in 10th place overall with 167 (87-80). Meloche’s 80 on Saturday was the second lowest score of the day.
Britta Brenth shot 176 (86-90), Jessica Bohner 187 (90-97), Lauryn Day 189 (96-93) and Tori Sanders 209 (99-110).
Elle Nichols of Okemos won the individual state title with a score of 157 with rounds of 77 and 80. Kristyn Crippen of East Lansing was second with 158 (78-80) and Morgan Smith of Mona Shores third with 160 (81-79).
The trip was third consecutive to the state finals for Greenville. They finished fourth last year.
“There are so many girls out there that would have loved to been here,” Johnson said. “We made it and I told them to go out there, have fun and enjoy it.”
Jessica Meloche and Tori Sanders both completed their senior season of golf and will graduate next year. Johnson expects to have another solid team next year.
“I have girls that are so dedicated to the game,” she said. “They will work on it in the offseason. I have some JV girls that are coming up that are enthused about their opportunity to play varsity golf.”