Area golf teams struggle at regional tournament


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:00 am on Friday, June 07, 2013

The three remaining boys golf teams that were playing in the regional golf tournaments finished 10th or worse Thursday.

So golf season is over for Lakeview, Montabella and Tri County after they were eliminated from the boys golf playoffs.

In Division 3, the Vikings finished 10th and the Wildcats 12th at Lakeside Links in Scottville.

The Mustangs were 12th at The Emerald in St. Johns at the Division 4 regional hosted by Fulton.

Tri County shot a team score of 403, led by freshman Marcus Hall with a 96. Brady Heckman added a 99, Michael Gryzen shot a 102 and Jacob Snarski added a 106.

Lakeview got a 414, despite Jon Wandel’s 83. Kameron Gilbert had a 103, R.K. Boomer added a 109 and Benett Tomandl shot a 119.

That compares to regional winners Charlevoix and Roscommon, which tied with 332 each. Manistee was the other qualifier at 336.

“Four of our five team members struggled with the course’s very slick and undulating greens today as well as some of the narrow holes on the course which lead to higher than normal scores,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said.

“Jon Wandel continued his solid play. After a shaky start, he pulled the round together nicely to finish with an 83. Jon was in the hunt to advance to the next level throughout most of the round but came up three shots shy of advancing.”

Also at that region, Central Montcalm golfers Tyler Sleet and Josh Mitchell played their last rounds of the season after Sleet shot an 83 and Mitchell carded a 106.

Montabella’s team score was well behind Pentwater’s 335, Fowler’s 337 and North Muskegon’s 342.

Leading Montabella was Dakota Lobert with an 84, followed by Josh Balhorn with a 96, Michael Hyde with a 98 and Parker Eldred with a 103. None of those scores were low enough to qualify as an individual.

“There were a lot of good scores posted,” Montabella head coach Nicole Howe said. “Going into it, we knew we had to shoot lower scores than we have. I think we could have done better, but we did much better than we did at the beginning of the season.”

Two Belding players were individual qualifiers at the Division 2 meet at Gull Lake View West in Augusta, Mich., but were unable to advance.

Sophomore Grant Hansen was the lowest of the two with a 93 while junior Ryan Hill carded a 97.

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