Lakeview 2nd at own CSAA jamboree

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:58 pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GOWEN — Lakeview’s boys golf team made a major step forward Monday.

The Wildcats finished second at the Central State Activities Association jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course.

Central Montcalm’s Mason Ferguson putts on the 18th green during the CSAA jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course.

Lakeview shot a 361, which trailed only Big Rapids’ 313.

“I am very pleased with (Monday’s) performance,” Lakeview coach Brian Corwin said. “We had a tough round on Saturday at Cedar Chase. Nobody played particularly well. But everybody bounced back tremendous today. This is the first time I’ve counted four scores underneath 100 in several years so I’m very pleased with today’s round.”

The host Wildcats got an 85 from John Hallada, an 86 from Jeff Tyler, a 94 from Anthony Blazo and a 96 from Colton Inman.

“A lot of the guys were very disappointed with how they played Saturday and all of them were out here (at Brookside Sunday) on their own putting in practice time, playing to try to improve. A lot of credit goes to them to go the extra mile to try to improve,” Corwin said about Lakeview.

Central Montcalm finished with a 394 team score, which finished seventh overall.

“I thought we didn’t strike the ball very well,” Central coach Gary Buchholz said. “The course management part off the tee is where it cost most of our players, but they didn’t hit their driver well. A lot of holes you don’t need to hit your driver. I think that was the main issue.”

Leading the Green Hornets was Ryan Wegner with an 86, fol-lowed by Mason Ferguson with a 99, Gunther Ebels with a 102 and Wyatt Plavan with a 107.

Tri County’s Andrew Houghton watches his putt on the 18th green during the CSAA jamboree Monday at Brookside Golf Course.

Buchholz agreed that conditions were perfect for golf and the ability to shoot low scores.

“I don’t think it affected them at all,” he said about Central Montcalm’s team. “I think it’s about them learning to play a tighter course, a tougher course and learning to keep the ball in play. But I saw a lot of shots that were farther off than what they needed to be. Again, the main issue I had was course management and ball-striking today.”

Tri County finished one place behind Central. The Vikings shot a 435 team score for eighth overall.

“It was rough,” Tri County coach Corey Renner said. “I’ve got four freshmen and a sophomore so I knew we weren’t going to be the best team here. So they have a lot of work to do. I’ve got some ideas on what they need to work on. We’ll get better. It’s going to take some time. They’re enthusiastic right now. We just have to keep them from getting discouraged. They’ll be OK sooner or later.”

Tri County got a 92 from

Nate Alexander, a 112 from Conner Hoisington, a 114 from Isaac Houghton and a 117 from Mike Lemson.

“It wasn’t bad out there and they (tournament officials) were letting them (golfers) clean and place so that should help. So there really are no excuses,” Renner said. “They just need a lot of practice.”

Lakeview and Central head to The Links At Edmore Wednesday for a triangular meet with the host Montabella Mustangs. Tri County, meanwhile, heads to the Chippewa Hills Invitational that same day.

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