BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids’ girls golf team showed again why they were the best team in the Central State Activities Association.
The Cardinals won the league championship by shooting a 395 to win the CSAA Championship meet Tuesday.
Not only that but Big Rapids had all four spots on the all-conference first team to themselves after finishing just under a 2,000 score for all the jamborees combines.
Central Montcalm was second at the Tuesday meet with a 450, their second-best score of the season, behind only a 438 they shot at the Chippewa Hills jamboree.
The Green Hornets finished with a 2,317 team score for the matches.
“Here we go again. I don’t think we’ve played our best year,” Central Montcalm coach Gary Buchholz said. “I think I have two or three girls that could shoot under 100. We’ve got enough players that we can push it down below 400. That’s our goal.”
Central was led by Tawny Graves with a 109. She was second-team all-conference as was Samantha Kirk, who carded a 111. Eva Miller added a 114 and Jillian Partlo added a 116.
“The one side (of the course) it seems like it was fairly tight and it got them (Central) in trouble,” Buchholz said. “Usually you can go on the scorecard and find one hole where they didn’t play well. That will jump their scores up.”
Buchholz said the Cardinals won because of their experience.
“I’ve got a young team. They are four sophomores and a freshman in there,” he said. “Experience-wise that’s where Big Rapids had us. They had a pretty solid team. They shot around 400 all year. That’s where we’re headed. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
Lakeview was trying to field a team but couldn’t, as coach Jerry Kellogg had only one girl out of five able to play Tuesday, and that was Ally Fleck with a 126.
“Very tough. It was hard,” Kellogg said of having only one eligible player to play. “We’ve got a good team coming up. The girls almost improved 140 strokes from last year. I was really thinking we were going to be strong.”
Both Kellogg and Buchholz are looking towards the regionals Oct. 11.
“We have to practice for regionals on Thursday and then we’ll see where we stand,” Kellogg said. “We’ve got some real good girls with Katie Thebo. She’s improved about 40 strokes. Hannah Estelle has improved a good 30 strokes. Shianne Johnson has improved almost 80 strokes and Emily Larson has improved 70 strokes. They’re coming. We have three freshmen and three sophomores and two juniors and we’re going to be strong next year.”
In fact, Central will play at the site of the regionals, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Farwell, on Thursday for a tournament Farwell is hosting. Then it’s preparation for regionals.
CSAA All-Conference team
Elizabeth Hosking, Big Rapids
Melanie Weis, Big Rapids
Andrea Cassidy, Big Rapids
Molly Scofield, Big Rapids
Sara Carte, Chippewa Hills
Samantha Kirk, C. Montcalm
Tawny Graves, C. Montcalm
Alexis Dockich, Big Rapids