Wandel, Balhorn wrap up state golf finals

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:30 am on Monday, June 09, 2014

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel putts during the Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. – Jamie McNinch

ALLENDALE — Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was.

Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.

“Jon played very well on Friday posting a round of 76 placing him inside the top 10 after the first day,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “Jon encounters some difficulty negotiating the course on Saturday.”

Scott Sparks of Macomb Lutheran North won the individual state championship with a two-day total of 143 (67, 76). Henry Hitt of Jackson Lumen Christi was second with 150 and Rhet Schrauben of Portland third with 151.

“While the weekend saw Jon post one of his best rounds of the season and inversely his worst, Jon represented Lakeview very well throughout the competition,” Corwin said.

Lansing Catholic won the team state championship with a 633 (313, 320). Jackson Lumen Christi was second with 641 and Kalkaska third with 645.

Wandel will continue his golfing career for Rochester College next year.

Balhorn shoots 92

Montabella sophomore Joshua Balhorn shot a 92 on day two of the MHSAA Division 4 state finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Balhorn shot 95 on day one to finish with a two-day total of 187.

“Joshua exceeded the expectations I had for him this year. I’m thrilled he was able to have some experience at the state competition,” Montabella coach Nicole Howe said. “We had many conversations about how the atmosphere was different than anything he has experienced before. I think nerves contributed to some missed scoring opportunities, but we are going to use this state finals experience as a learning opportunity for the future. I’m really excited to see what the next two years has in store for him.”

Joel Sneed of Leland was the individual state champion with 147 (74, 73). Sam Wagner of Pentwater was second with 151 and Noah Schneider of Jackson Christian third with 151.

White Pigeon won the team state championship with 654 (328, 326). Charlevoix was second with 663 and Lincoln Alcona third with 663.

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