“We started slow again, but they rallied at the end,” Lakers’ coach George Bitner said. “I was real happy with their attitude. We wanted to be in the top five, and we fell a spot short, but they had never played in a state meet before, and that’s a big thing.”
DeWitt won the state title with a 586, followed by Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook with a 603. Clio was third at 609, followed by Tecumseh in fourth at 611 and Big Rapids in fifth at 615.
The Lakers’ Marcus Fry shot rounds of 70 and 76 for a two-day total of 146, good for seventh place overall. Griffin Smith of Cranbrook was the state champion at 141.
Davind Bonter was next for Spring Lake with rounds of 78 and 78 for a total of 156. Henry McGannon had rounds of 80 and 78 for a 158, while John Vanderlaan also had a 158 with scores of 79 and 79.
Connor Love shot rounds of 85 and 80 for a total of 165.
Bitner can’t help but peek toward the future with three of those golfers — Fry, McGannon and Love — returning to the mix next year.
“We have a good group coming back,” he said. “I think they’re anxious to return next year. I think they’ll work even harder.”
WARRIORS PLACE 6TH
Western Michigan Christian came back strong Saturday, shaving 23 strokes off its opening-day total to move all the way up to sixth place in the Division 4 state golf finals, played at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.
The Warriors, rated No. 2 in the state for most of the season behind eventual state champion Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, shot a season-high 342 in the opening round Friday to finish the day in 10th place.
“They collectively sat down together Friday night and talked about not wanting to be known as the team that didn’t play well,” coach Jack Wolffis said. “I’m proud of the way they turned their games around.”
Collin Breit (81-75), Alec Breit (84-75), Jon Cook (83-78) and Sam Vos (94-91) all went much lower on Saturday as the Warriors finished with a 661 team total.
Collin Breit finished tied for ninth overall and received his eigth state final sports medal while brother Alec Breit was tied for 16th.
Ann Arbor Greenhills sophomore Henry Do shot a 74 Friday and 67 Saturday on the 72-par course to win medalist honors. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian won the team title with a 622.