ALLENDALE — Most golfers wouldn’t play in the conditions that surrounded Greenville’s girls golf team at the Division 2 state finals Friday.
“Most people wouldn’t go out on the golf course and play in this weather,” said Greenville coach Nancy Johnson.
The Yellow Jackets took ninth at the tournament, tied with Traverse City Central at 382.
The leader after the first round was Muskegon Mona Shores, which shot a team score of 341. Battle Creek Lakeview is second at 354 and Okemos is third at 358.
The condition were windy and rainy and it affected everyone, Johnson said.
“Of course, I know that they (Greenville) are disappointed with their scores, but in reality, the conditions were challenging,” she said. “But if you look at the scores they’re way higher than their normal averages. We didn’t play the way that we hoped we would.”
Greenville’s top scorer was Britta Bernth, who carded an 87 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Her score was good for 12th-best in the tournament.
“That’s certainly not her average and she had some difficult situations,” Johnson said. “If she was the only one I would wonder what’s going on. But if you look at Mona Shores, their low (this season) was 248 and because they shot 341. It’s called ‘bad weather.’”
Jessica Bohner shot 93, Lauryn Day added a 100 and Karli Didion shot 102.
Still, Johnson wanted to be encouraging to her team.
“I think that learning from today, hopefully they’ll carry it over and show some improvement in their scores,” Johnson said.
But the dominant theme was the weather.
“The casual water rule was played numerous times.” Johnson said. “Mark, clean and place? I’ve never been at a tournament where that came into play.”
The second round will continue today at 10 a.m.
“We hope to be able to play the course as it is and stay focused on our goal and that is to improve from where we are,” Johnson said.