Belding golfers struggled in O-K Blue Conference


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:58 am on Friday, July 06, 2012

Belding’s Conor Wisman watches his putt from off the green during a match against Lowell May 15.

BELDING — Finishing last in the O-K Blue Conference wasn’t something Belding golf coach Doug Anderson had in mind for the season.

But Anderson knew the conference was going to be a tough one to play in because “there were a lot of great golfers,” he said.

Grand Rapids West Catholic was the conference champion, and also found their way to the Division 3 state finals. Their top golfer, Sam Weatherhead, shot the best two-day tournament score at the finals, carding a 3-under 141.

Meanwhile, the Redskins were on the other end of the scale.

“I guess for the most part we didn’t meet our expectations,” Anderson said. “The seniors and the way the season is for boys now I think it’s very difficult for them to keep their focus through graduation process. We had good players and I have to say a tough district that we were in.”

Anderson noted his top two scorers were the real standouts of the team.

“I had Cody Christensen who averaged 42 as well as Conor Wisman,” he said. “If you ask those guys, they didn’t meet their expectations as well; things they thought they could do better, especially at districts.”

But Anderson sees a brighter future for Belding golf.

“The underclassmen are working really hard at the game,” he said. “I’ve seen more of them than in the past. We’re changing a few teams out in the conference. Size-wise I feel that will be beneficial.”

The O-K Blue Conference will consist of Allendale, Comstock Park, Coopersville, Grand Rapids Creston, Sparta and Wyoming High.

Meanwhile Belding golfers are getting out on the courses over the summer, Anderson said.

“I’m encouraged for what I’m seeing,” he said. “We have a lot of good young golfers, golfers that are working at it pretty hard. Nick Badder, Grant Hansen, these guys are playing a lot of golf.”

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