Local boys golf teams prepare for regionals

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:55 am on Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Lakeview’s Preston Giles chips from off the green at No. 10 at Brookside Golf Course during the Lakeview Invitaitonal in May.

Wednesday and Thursday are the days the three local high school golf teams take to the course for the regional tournaments.

Greenville, Lakeview and Montabella all will be heading to their regional tournaments happy that they were able to qualify for the tournaments.

“I was real happy that we were able to make it out,” said Greenville co-coach Tyler Hubbard.

“It was a great team effort,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “We set two goals at the beginning of the year and one of those was to make it out of districts.”

“It was such a great feeling. The guys were so excited,” said Montabella coach Nicole Howe. “This is the first time they have been to a regional tournament in three or four years.”

So it’s off to the regional tournaments. Today Greenville is at Diamond Springs Golf Course for the Division 2 regional hosted by Hamilton.

“We’re going to have to shoot our best rounds to compete,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to be a good learning experience more than anything. I have two sophomores, two juniors and a senior going.”

Hubbard, who was at Diamond Springs for a practice round yesterday, said the course demands precision.

Greenville’s Danny Bohner, right, putts on 14 at Brookside Golf Course during the same invitational in May.

“From what I can see it’s a fairly open course, wide fairways,” he said. “The rough, you have to stay out of the rough. The greens have a lot of undulations so it’s placing the ball off the tee.”

Hubbard wasn’t sure who would be the toughest teams at the regional, but he remembers a couple who will be there from the O-K Bronze Conference.

“I know that Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Eastern will be there,” he said. “They were in our conference so we played with them all year and they’re pretty tough.”

The Wildcats will head to the Division 3 tournament at Scottville’s Lakeside Links.

“We’re probably going to have to play the best golf we have all year,” Corwin said. “But we’ll go up and have fun and whatever we shoot, we shoot.”

Lakeside Links is “a fairly challenging course,” Corwin said.

“The greens are tricky depending on pin placement,” he said. “We’ve seen others like it this year.”

There are a lot of schools that could get to the state finals, Corwin noted.

“Ludington won our district with a 339,” he said. “There’s quite a few schools out there that could shoot in the 330-340 range.”

Montabella’s Michael Hyde, left, gets ready to tee off on No. 12 at Brookside Golf Course during the Lakeview Invitational in May.

The Mustangs go to the Division 4 regional at The Emerald north of St. Johns, hosted by Fulton.

“It’s an extremely competitive regional,” Howe said. “There’s four or five teams that are ranked in the top 10 in the state. It’s almost who is going to finish first. Fowler has a great team. But the other two spots are up for anybody.”

Howe noted her team was 11th out of the 12 teams that are at the regional Thursday.

“We have a hole to climb out of,” she said. “Our top players talked and they say they are going to have to shave five to eight strokes off their game. We have to shoot under 90 and I’ve had a couple of guys shoot under 90.”

Howe has experience playing the course.

“I played the Emerald several times during college,” she said. “The Emerald is going to provide a lot more of a challenge. It will play longer than Portland. There’s quite a bit of trouble on this course so they’re going to have to realize where the hazards are.”

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