Central Montcalm, Greenville use invite to learn

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:10 am on Monday, September 16, 2013

Greenville junior varsity player Caroline Willadsen fires a drive on the 16th tee during Saturday’s Greenville Invitational.

GOWEN — The Greenville Invitational Golf Tournament was designed to get golf teams prepared for the upcoming regional tournament that will take place Oct. 10 there.

Both the local schools that played there used it to find areas they needed to improve on as the regionals get closer.

The overall winner was Holt, who shot a team score of 356, two strokes ahead of Forest Hills Central (358) and six strokes ahead of Hackett Catholic Central (362).

The host Yellow Jackets had two teams there. The varsity “gold” team shot 397 for ninth and the JV “purple” team shot 483 for 16th.

Central Montcalm came in with a 421 for 12th overall.

But the goal was to learn more about golf, noted Greenville coach Nancy Johnson.

“The Varsity Lady Jackets had an opportunity to get a preview of playing Bowen Lake competitively,” she noted. “There are areas of the game that each girls needs to work on and we will work hard to be ready to tee the ball up on Oct. 10th.”

Central Montcalm coach Gary Buchholz said his Green Hornets played decently.

“Overall I think we didn’t shoot as well as I’d like to see them shoot,” he said. “But the course was a little tougher and it was good experience for them. They have a few swing faults that they know they have to work on.”

The tournament started with very cold conditions that got warmer as the 18-hole event went on. But that didn’t alter the tournament much, both coaches said.

Central Montcalm’s Sophe Villet watches her putt on the 15th green during the Greenville Invitational Saturday.

“I didn’t think that mattered,” Buchholz said. “That course on a few of those holes you have to hit straight shots. We talked about course management. I think it was a good learning experience for the girls.”

Leading Greenville’s varsity was Karli Didon with a 96. Rylee Zayler added a 99, followed by Taylor Hansen with a 100 and Annie Hilt with a 102.

The JV Jackets got a 109 from Caroline Willadsen, a 117 from Megan Ayers, a 128 from Ann Wierda and a 129 from Tesse Weidenfeller.

Central got a 101 from Tawny Graves, a 102 from Ava Miller, a 108 from Alex Albright and a 110 from Sophie Villet.

“Overall she (Graves) still thinks she could have played better,” Buchholz said. “A little better putting and a little trouble off the tee. She’s been shooting in the 90s.”

Miller “has been my number one player all year,” Buchholz said. “She’s been any where from 86-97. They (her group) had a two-stoke penalty when they played the wrong hole. She’s been hitting the ball well this season.”

Central will play a CSAA jamboree hosted by Lakeview Tuesday, while Greenville goes to Forest Hills Northern today.

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