STANTON — The goal beginning the season for the Central Montcalm was to make the team state finals.
That goal is still very much attainable as the Hornet golfers continue to improve on the course.
“I think we definitely have a shot to get there,” Hornets coach Gary Buchholz said. “We came up a little short last year and I actually think we are a little stronger this year. Mentally and maturity wise.”
To reach the state finals, the recent score improvement will have to continue.
“We’ve been getting a little better all the time,” Buchholz said. “I’ve been seeing scores 90 and better and 85 and better from a lot of my players. They have been playing well.”
This season the Hornets have been consistently No. 2 at the CSAA jamborees behind the Big Rapids Cardinals.
Buchholz said the Cardinals have two outstanding golfers and that gives them a big advantage to start.
“They have two solid players. This week their number one player shot a 69 (3 under par),” he said. “He is a very solid player. That is a good 10-12 stroke advantage right there.”
The goal for a tournament is 320 and the Hornets have reached 325.
“We are playing some good holes and bad holes,” Buchholz said. “We’ve been trying to be more consistent. Hitting the ball straighter and staying out of trouble. Trying to keep away from the big scores.”
All it takes is one bad hole to change a score dramatically. That is what Buchholz is trying to stay away from.
“They end up making some bad decisions,” Buchholz said. “I’ll see a nine or 10 on the card and that is four or five more strokes than it should be. So instead of shooting a 44 they are at 49. We need to eliminate those bad holes.”
Buchholz said each of his players is improving as the season goes on.
“Jared (Cilibraise) is starting to come. He was in a little slump, but has been better,” Buchholz said. “Ryan (Michalek) has been leading us all season. Tyler Sleet and Tyler Johnson have had their good matches. Ben (Gladding) has been coming along too.”
The Hornets will play at Cedar Chase on Tuesday in the CSAA league meet.