Boys’ golf ties for 1st at Ottawa County Invitational

by David Rumptz, Sports

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At The Meadows, Grand Valley State University’s golf course, the Spring Lake varsity golf team had a perfect day, taking first place honors at the Ottawa County Invitational on Friday, April 28.

The Lakers teed off early in the morning, with a cold and swirling wind making their drives tough. Midway through the day, the sun came out, calming the wind and the golfers, as they settled into a stellar performance.

Out of nine teams, the Lakers led the pack, shooting a 330 to tie for first with Allendale. Leading the charge for the Lakers was sophomore Nick Krueger, who shot a 79 on the day. Thanks to his excellent day on the course, Krueger was rewarded by a fourth place finish out of the entire field of golfers.

The Lakers’ second leading golfer was junior Zach Lisman, recording an 81, good enough for a fifth place overall finish and a performance rewarded with a medal. Rounding out the scoring for the Lakers were junior Jack Johnson with an 83, senior Cole Posthumus with an 87, senior Connor Tebelman with a 91, and sophomore Chance Fry with a 95.

The Lakers’ top scorer, Nick Krueger, said after the match, “Being a college course, it was an extremely difficult course to play on but also an incredible experience. The greens were very slow and thick and the rough was extremely hard to work out of.” Krueger overcame the adversity by focusing much more than usual on keeping his shots straight and on the fairway as much as possible and making sure his chips were placed well to finish holes easily with putts.

With multiple Class A schools and high level Class B schools at the match, the Laker golfers proved they can hang with anybody and are poised for a run in the state playoffs.
Junior Zach Lisman said that he believes they could make a run because they have great depth and have played well throughout the season against top tier competition in tournaments and invitationals.

The Lakers are in action again on Friday, May 12, at the Grand Haven Invitational.

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