The Grand Haven girls golf team took on the O-K Red Conference post season tournament Monday, finishing fourth overall with a season-low score of 370 strokes.
Hudsonville took home top-team honors with a score of 336, followed by Caledonia in second at 355 and East Kentwood in third at 368. Rockford finished fifth at 387, ahead of West Ottawa at 409 and Grandville at 411.
Bekah Schrader led the way for the Bucs, carding an 88 over the 18-hole round to earn eighth-place overall and All-Conference honors.
Audrey Reus carded a 90 to finish 10th overall, while Ally Kingma put together a 92 and Christina Byrne shot an even 100.
The fourth-place finish on Monday leaves Grand Haven squarely in fifth place overall with 31 season points. Hudsonville took home the season title with 75 points, ahead of Caledonia (68), East Kentwood (49), and Rockford (47). Grand Haven finished ahead of West Ottawa (24) in sixth and Grandville (14).
“All of the girls have really played well during the second half of the season. We are really looking forward to regionals next week,” Grand Haven head coach Roger Glass said. “Qualifying for state as a team will be difficult, but any one of our girls could qualify as an individual if they bring their ‘A’ game.”
GH tennis edged by Rockford
The Grand Haven boys tennis team lost a close match at Rockford on Monday, 5-3. The Bucs took three of four singles flights, while the doubles teams remained competitive throughout, but fell across the board.
No. 1 singles player Noah Bachmann led the way, defeating his opponent in a quick two sets, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 2, Spencer Sortman fought off a long two-set battle to win, 6-3, 6-3, while Riley Wilton made shore work of his No. 3 opponent, 6-0, 6-2. No. 4 singles player Spencer Sortman fell in two sets.
The doubles matches provided compelling theatre Monday, as No. 1 pair Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price made a late charge at victory, only to fall just short. After dropping their first set, 6-2, the pair trailed again in Set 2 before roaring back into contention, only to fall 6-4.
The No. 2 pair of Weston Taylor and Chris Akselberg and No. 3 pair of John Richardson and Matt Baldus remained competitive, despite their two-set losses, while No. 4 pair Brayden Rowley and Ian Rant also lost in two sets.
“The team overall competed hard today,” Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton said. “I was happy with some of the flashes of play at No. 3 doubles and No. 1 doubles. If they can continue to put that together, they will have some good opportunities at the upcoming conference and regional tournaments.
“The Nos. 1-3 singles guys did what they had to do today to win and looked pretty good at the same time.”
The Bucs next take on Whitehall at home on Wednesday in what was originally scheduled as an away meet. The now home meet will be their final tune-up before the conference tournament at Holland on Saturday.