Lowell downs Belding in nonconference golf matchup at Candlestone

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:54 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Belding’s Cody Christensen winds up to tee off on the first tee during the Redskins’ match with Lowell Tuesday.

BELDING — A stiff wind that was blowing around Candlestone Golf and Resort didn’t help Belding’s golf team beat Lowell.

The Red Arrows shot a team score of 165 to the Redskins’ 190 at Candlestone Tuesday.

But coach Doug Anderson wasn’t willing to blame the wind.

Belding’s Conor Wisman watches his putt from just off the first green during the Redskins’ match against Lowell Tuesday.

“Probably not as much as them playing with classmates,” Anderson said. “They typically, in a jamboree setting, play with someone from the other team. That makes them focus that much more. When you’re playing dual matches your focus may not be as intense and I think that may have played a role (Tuesday).”

The best score for Belding was Conor Wisman, who carded a 40.

“That was a good score,” Anderson said. “Conor this year has been our best player. He’s been consistent and it’s a great round. The adversity of playing with a friend or teammate he overcame very well.”

Nick Badder added a 47, Cody Christensen shot a 49 and Zach Johnston shot a 54.

“Cody Christensen averages 42 or 43 in the (O-K Blue) conference,” Anderson said. “It’s totally unlike him to shoot a 49 from the white tees at Candlestone.”

Lowell got a 38 from Brandon Poll, a 40 from Isaac Brenner, a 43 from Ben Hart and a 44 from Aaron Anderson.

“Lowell’s a very good team,” Anderson said.

The competition won’t get any easier for Belding, as they go to Cedar Springs today in an O-K Blue jamboree.

“We’re one point ahead of Coopersville in the conference standings for last place,” Anderson said. “This is one difficult conference of schools. (Today) is going to be competition within competition. We beat them (Coopersville) Monday at Moss Ridge by one stroke which broke the tie. We’re going to try to knock them off again. We shot 169 and finished sixth. That’s a pretty good score.”

Anderson said there’s one big facet of the game of golf that the Redskins will have to master.

“Being a PGA professional myself, it’s always going to come down to the short game,” he said. “It’s something we try to work on when we can. The guys need to work on it on their own time outside of practice. It comes back to get them one way or another.”

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