Greenville golfers dominate Lakeview Invitational

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:19 am on Monday, April 28, 2014

Tri County’s Jason VanDyken blasts out of a bunker off the second green at the Lakeview Invitational Saturday.

GOWEN — Greenville’s boys golf team had no problems with the wind or the other teams at Brookside Golf Course Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets were far and away the winners of the Lakeview Invitational, shooting a team score of 330. That was 51 strokes better than Cedar Springs and 55 better than the host Wildcats’ “gold” team, followed by Central Montcalm (424), Montabella (427) and Lakeview’s “navy” team (501).

Tri County participated, but had only four golfers.

Greenville had six players medal, led by Matt Crittenden with a 78.

Danny Bohner added an 83, Ryan Davis shot an 84, Chris Ralph carded an 85 and A.J Ebels shot an 86.

The Wildcats’ gold team was led by Jon Wandel, who tied with Bohner with an 83. Jon King shot a 98, Seth Kanouse shot a 101, Ben Outman added a 103 and Jake Park added a 104.

“We’re still trying to find out what we’re capable of shooting as a team,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “Every time we have had someone shooting their best round of the season so far, but have not had a day where everyone is playing near their average. This gives me hope that the best is yet to come as our season progresses.”

The Green Hornets got a 101 from Scott Stearns, a 102 from Josh Mitchell, a 108 from Mason Ferguson, a 113 from Nate Saladin and a 118 from Caleb Daggett.

“I think it was a good learning experience for my team,” Central coach Gary Buchholz said. “We did a lot of talking about course management and strategies on different holes. Hopefully they will learn from it and get better.”

The Mustangs’ scorers were Michael Hyde with a 93, Josh Balhorn with a 110, Dakota Lobert and Casey Ewell with 112 each and Cameron Nisonger with 138.

“I was really proud of my number one player for keeping his game together,” Montabella coach Nichole Howe said of Hyde. “He had a couple of high holes but he was able to keep it together. For the other players they got into trouble and missed some of those opportunities. I’m proud of the way the individual golfers are stepping up and taking care of their game on the course.”

Tri County was led by Marcus Hall with a 90, Jason VanDyken with a 98, Joel Liukkonen with a 115 and Connor Hoisington with a 118.

The next matches for the Hornets and Wildcats will be on Tuesday at Hesperia for a jamboree. Montabella will host Ithaca today and Greenville is at the O-K Bronze jamboree, hosted by Forest Hills Northern today. Tri County heads to a Lakes 8 jamboree at Ludington.

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