No home course advantage for Bucs

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Reid Murphy said the biggest issue for the Buccaneers’ golf team this spring has been consistency.

That was certainly the case on Tuesday.

Murphy shot a one-under-par round of 36 on the back nine at Grand Haven Golf Course to take medalist honors. But the Bucs’ two top golfers, Patrick Ferris and Kevin LaCroix, both shot six shots higher than their average as the Bucs recorded a team score of 174.

Visiting Grandville won the O-K Red dual meet with a 163.

“If we would have shot our game, we’d be right there,” said Grand Haven coach Randy White. “This 174 is our season-high. We haven’t been higher than 165 this year.

“We needed to upset Grandville at home to set up for us for the postseason championship, but the Grand Haven trees had their way with us.”

While many of the Buccaneers were struggling to get around the course, Murphy had everything going, especially his putter.

He was rolling in putts from all over the greens, leading to birdies on No.’s 11, 12, 14 and 15.

The tall, lanky Buccaneers’ junior bogeyed 13, leaving him 3-under par heading into No. 18.

His tee shot ended up in a divot, leading to a botched second shot. It took Murphy two strokes to reach the green, and two putts to put the ball in the cup as he took a double-bogey on the final hole.

“I was rolling in putts pretty good,” Murphy said. “The greens today were the best I’ve ever seen them.”

Murphy knew he had a good round going, so he tried to keep calm as he made his way around the course.

“I just tried to stay with a good tempo,” Murphy said. “Mark (Nally) was making me laugh, keeping my mind off it.”

Josh Gibson shot a 39, Jordan Matson and Mitch Bowma each carded a 41, and Seth Terpstra added a 42 for Grandville.

The Bucs’ Adam Cherry shot a 45, while Mark Nalley shot a 46.

Patrick Ferris and Kevin LaCroix each shot a 47, as did Matt Nally.

“That’s six strokes over their average,” White said. “They really struggled on our own course.”

The Bucs hope home-course advantage is more of an advanage on Thursday as they host the league-leading Rams of Rockford next Tuesday. That Thursday, Grand Haven hosts the 18-hole O-K Red postseason league tournament.

Grand Haven faces West Ottawa and Hudsonville at Sunnybrook Country Club today.

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