EAST LANSING — Central Montcalm boys golf coach Gary Buchholz set a goal for his team to shoot a team score of 320 at the Division 3 state finals both Friday and today.
The Green Hornets missed that goal, and they are well behind because of it.
After the first round of play Friday Central shot 340, which is last among the 15 teams that are at Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University.
The top team was Hanover-Horton, who shot 297 Friday. There was a three-way tie for second at 302 between Jackson Lumen Christi, Grosse Ile and Grand Rapids West Catholic.
“They (Central) went through a spell on the front side where they played really, really bad, but then they turned around and played really good,” Buchholz said. “Tyler (Sleet), for example, went 44-39 and Tyler Johnson did just about the same thing. Overall we played bad but we turned around and played better.”
Buchholz said the front nine was a problem for the Hornets.
“It seemed like the spot where all the kids had trouble,” he said. “Hopefully we can play better (today).”
Central’s lowest scorer was Sleet and Ryan Michalek with an 83 each.
“I played pretty well,” Sleet said. “There were only two holes I struggled on and it significantly raised my score. Two 8s on the second and third holes. If I hadn’t shot those and just bogeyed them I would be in the 70s.”
Michalek wanted a mulligan on most of his round.
“I wish I could start back after my fifth hole,” he said. “I was even par and I was hitting my drives and second shots OK and I was two-putting for par. I needed to make my second shots better after that because my game fell apart.”
Michalek started on 16, so his fifth hole was No. 2.
Jared Cilibraise added an 86 to Central’s total.
“I think my tee shots hurt me most of the day,” he said. “I was punching out too much with my second shot. I chipped well and I hit my irons pretty good.”
Tyler Johnson rounded out the scoring for the Hornets with an 80.
The low round of the day was shot by Sam Weatherhead of West Catholic and Zachary Kiefer of Mount Morris, who each carded a 69 on the par-72 course.
The 15 teams will go at the course again today, with play starting at 9 a.m.