Greenville golfers finish 2nd at regionals

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 3:51 pm on Friday, October 12, 2012

Greenville’s Britta Bernth tees off on hole No. 6 at The Links at Bowen Lake on Wednesday during the Division 2 regional tournament.

GOWEN — The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls golf won’t be making a return trip to East Lansing for the state finals this year. Instead, they will visiting Grand Valley State University for the Division 2 state finals at The Meadows.

For the seventh time in the past eight seasons, the Yellow Jackets have qualified for the state finals. They finished a school high third in both 2007 (Fall) and in 2011.

The Yellow Jackets qualified with a second place finish, as the top three spots earn a trip to the finals.

Three-time defending state champion Muskegon Mona Shores was first with a round of 317. Greenville shot 354 and qualifying third was Forest Hills Central with 368.

Forest Hills Northern shot 379 and Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 381 to round out the top five.

Tee time temperatures were in the upper 30s to start the round. The wind continued with overcast skies most of the day as the girls competed in anything but ideal golfing conditions.

“The wind was brutal and the wind played a huge factor in scores,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “I give everyone out there a lot of credit for giving it their best shot.”

Greenville coach Nancy Johnson figured her team had a chance to qualify and was excited with the results.

Greenville senior Lauryn Day hits her second shot on hole No. 2 on Wednesday. Day shot an 85, which was good for an eighth place tie overall.

“Obviously, I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Johnson said. “We knew we had a chance to be in the top three, but when it’s all said and done and we are in the top three, that’s when the excitement really starts.”

Jessica Bohner led the Yellow Jackets with a round of 83, which was good for seventh best score. Britta Bernth and Lauryn Day tied with 85s, which was good for eighth.

Bernth — Greenville’s No. 1 golfer — struggled early, but battled back tough.

“Britta struggled a little bit, but it was just one of those days,” Johnson said. “She fought hard and she did come back. Her scores dropped as the day went on. I give her credit for hanging in there and not giving up.”

Johnson said Bohner and Day were both ready for regionals.

“They worked hard getting ready for this and I think they were ready for today,” Johnson said. “They were determined they were going to do well.”

Sophomore Amanda Kerschen shot one of her best scores for the year with a 101. Karli Didion, also a sophomore, shot 112.

Mona Shores had the top three individual scores.

Hailey Hrynewich shot 76, Morgan Smith 79 and Britni Gielow 81.

The Division 2 state finals will take place on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

Greenville did not play there during the regular season, but plans to play a practice round or two there before the finals.

“Some of the girls played there in tournaments over the summer,” Johnson said. “We will get there for a practice round before the tournament.”

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