on May 20, 2015 8:46 PM
The Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian boys golf team led the pack this afternoon at a Division three district tournament at Silver Lake Country Club, taking home first place with a team score of 337.
Vermontville Maple Valley finished second with a team score of 342, and Grand Rapids South Christian finished in third with a team score of 347. Grand Rapids West Catholicfinished in 4th place (356), Portland finished in 5th (359), and Olivet finished in 6th place (363). The top six teams from today’s district will move on to next week’s regional tournament.
Individual qualifiers who will be moving on to next week’s regional include Grant Hansen(Belding), Drake Lutterbeck (Delton Kellogg),Adam Fish (Grandville Calvin Christian), Zach Smith (Hopkins), Carter Kemmis (Belding), and Coleton Billings (Hopkins).
With the recent cold front coming through West Michigan in the past couple of days, it made for difficult playing conditions and unpredictable lies, according to NorthPointe Christian’s coach Tom Koert.
“Yesterday at practice, I told the team that the grounds keepers probably wouldn’t cut this morning due to the cold,” Koert said. “That made for slow greens and slow fairways, but it helped us to know before hand. Our kids did a great job managing the course.”
Coming off of an OK Blue conference title, West Catholic prolonged it’s season, thanks in large part to senior Ryan Kennedy’s round of 85, which landed him in the top 10 among all individuals.
“Our guys didn’t play as well as I expected,” West Catholic coach Jim Fischer said. “But at the end of the day, we finished in the top six, and get to dance another day.”
“Collin had a great day of focusing on one shot at a time,” Koert said. “The kids just knows how to play the tougher courses better, and it seems like the bigger the tournament, the better he plays. Today, he played five hours of mental golf and did exactly what we teach: he stayed in control, every shot, every hole.”
The qualifiers from today’s district will advance to play at regionals, next Friday, May 29th at Marywood Golf Course in Battle Creek.