Greenville girls gain experience at golf finals

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:31 am on Monday, October 21, 2013

EAST LANSING — Greenville’s girls golf team shot a better score in the second round of the Division 2 state finals, but lost a place in the final standings.

The Yellow Jackets carded a 401 in the second round, bettering their Friday showing of 402 by a stroke.

That put them in 13th place out of 15 teams in the tournament, won by Birmingham Seaholm by a stroke over first-round leader Okemos.

“I told the girls that there’s probably 90 decent teams in the division,” Greenville coach Nancy Johnson said. “We were one of the final 15 teams there. But the experience is everything. It’s not about where you finished, it was the experience. They had a great time. They are ready to go to make it back to state finals next year to put on a better show.”

In the second round the Jackets’ best scorer was Taylor Hansen, who shot a 96. Karli Didion added a 97, Amanda Kerschen had a 102 and Drew Johnson shot a 106.

“Of course you wanted to be higher up the ladder but we weren’t,” Nancy Johnson said. “We went out there and we didn’t give it up.”

Johnson noted the conditions were drastically different from Friday’s first round.

“It was raining hard,” she said. “I always say to the girls you’re my heroes because I wouldn’t be out there playing in that. They stuck with it and they gave it their best effort.”

While the season is over for Greenville’s girls, Johnson is already looking forward to next season.

“I don’t have any seniors so we’ll all be back next year to do it all over again,” she said of her junior-laden team.

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