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Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Grand Haven graduate Alex Merz was tied for 17th with a round of 91 for Davenport University after the first day of competition at the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference women’s golf championship on Monday at Scott Lake Country Club in Comstock Park.

The Panthers are in third place after Day 1, with the league champion being determined today.

Madonna leads the field with a team score of 336, followed by Aquinas’ 339, and DU’s 350.

Merz has surged down the stretch of her senior season, as she shot a career best 86 at the Panthers’ last tournament, the Bump Invitational, which was hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on April 13-14.

Merz’s round helped Davenport fire a school-record 335 during the second day of the event. The Panthers finished with a 711, which was good for sixth overall in the 12-team event.


Grand Haven’s Bri Soule placed in a pair of events for the University of Detroit Mercy women’s track team at the Horizon League Championships, held in Ypsilanti on Saturday and Sunday.

Soule, a senior, placed sixth in the long jump with an effort of 5.06 meters (16 feet, 6 inches), and also helped the Titans’ 400-meter relay place fifth in a time of 48.73 seconds.

As a team, the Titans placed seventh in the seven-team field, with Loyola (Ill.) winning the league championship.


Spring Lake High School graduate Nick Keller enjoyed a strong season as a reliever on the Glen Oaks Community College baseball team.

Keller went 2-2 on the year with a pair of saves.

According to his mother, Patty, Nick plays to spend the summer on safari in Africa before heading west to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mt., to study environmental science.

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