GREENVILLE – The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf team wrapped up an already successful season by taking home even more team and individual honors for its play in 2011.
In 2011, the Yellow Jackets won the O-K White Conference for the 10th consecutive season, placed second at the Division 2 regionals and tied a school high with a third place finish at the Division 2 state finals in October.
In addition to those accomplishments the Yellow Jackets earned team academic all-state honors for the third consecutive season. Greenville finished with a 3.68 GPA.
Criteria for the honor includes using the five members that competed at the regional tournament and a combined minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Players’ with all A’s earn bonus points.
“Not only do I have talented players on the golf course I have talented, dedicated kids in the classroom,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson. “That really is a gift. I haven’t had to worry about academics from my kids at all. I appreciate their dedication both in the classroom and on the course.”
For the third time in her coaching career, Johnson was selected as the Division 2 Coach of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association. Johnson also won the honor in 2002 and 2007.
The award is based and selected from an overview on the past five season. The Yellow Jackets placed in the top 10 in Division 2 in four of those five seasons.
“I did not expect to win, but I certainly had the team to do so,” Johnson said. “I received these awards because I have teams that shine. I’m proud, excited and happy to be a part of the Greenville girls golf team and the recognition come back to the school and the community.
“Anything the girls golf team can do that reflects positively on our school is something to be proud of,” she added.
As Johnson said she has to have the players to earn those awards. That she does.
The Yellow Jackets were led by two-time Division 2 all-state team member Jessica Meloche. The senior finished in 10th place at the Division 2 state finals with a score of 167 (87-80). She was also named O-K White all-conference.
For the season, Meloche had a tournament average of 84.7 and a league average of 41. Her low 18-hole round was 80 on day two of the state finals and her season low for nine holes was a 38 at The Links of Bowen Lake.
“I happy to be named all-state. That was my goal for the year,” Meloche said. “I golf really well this season. I was proud of my year. There were some rounds I could have played better, but overall I played pretty well.”
Her biggest improvements from last year came in the short game.
“I improved with my putting and chipping,” Meloche said. “Mostly just practice helped my to get better. The more I practice the more I was used to certain shots.
Greenville junior Britta Bernth earned Division 2 all-state honorable mention for her play in 2011. She averaged 85.2 for 18-holes and 43.1 for nine holes this year. Her low 18-hole round was at the University of Michigan Golf Course and low nine hole round of 41 at Deer Run and The Links of Bowen Lake. Bernth was also named all-conference this year.
“I was pulling for both of them (Meloche and Bernth) to receive all-state,” Johnson said. “I believe both of them are in that caliber of players.”
Bernth did earn all-state honors last year as a sophomore. Johnson expects her to do so again next year as a senior.
“She has all the talent you could ever ask for,” Johnson said of Bernth. “Britta has another year. She has another year to shine and show everyone just how great she is. I want her to make super team next year, the top eight girls in the state. I believe she has the talent to do so.”
Jessica Bohner, Lauryn Day and Tori Sanders all earned all-conference honors as well. Bohner averaged 44.8 in league play. Day averaged 45 and Sanders 47.8 in league play.
The Yellow Jackets will graduate Meloche and Sanders this year.