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SL golf clinging to lead in Lakes Eight race

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

There is a Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, but the one players were frazzled by on Wednesday was all around the course at the Spring Lake Country Club.

The thick, tall rough elevated scores for many players during the fourth Lakes Eight Conference Jamboree, but the host Spring Lake Lakers managed to persevere, as they tied rival Fremont with a team score of 167.

The Lakers still hold the overall lead in the league standings with a six-stroke advantage.

“I wanted more than that,” admitted Spring Lake coach George Bitner. “The roughs were pretty thick and tall out there, but there is a way to play through that and that’s to stay in the fairways.

“But the main thing we can take away is that we were the only team to have all six players score in the 40s,” he added. “That’s a plus. We’re more balanced.”

The final score came under some controversy after the players had left the course, as Fremont coach Brett Blamer informed Bitner that the Packers’ No. 3 player had signed the wrong scorecard, meaning the Packers’ score should have been higher. But since it was reported after the players had left the scoring area, the final tally remained deadlocked.

Bitner was still upset by the revelation, considering his player, sophomore Bricker Reed, was disqualified for using a GPS application on his phone to determine how far away another playing group was during the last jamboree at Ludington. The Lakers appealed the ruling, but were informed it won’t be overturned.

Reed was a bright spot for Spring Lake on Wednesday, as he was one of two sophomores to lead the charge. Reed carded a 2-over 39, while classmate Ben Kramer shot a 41.

Reed double bogeyed on his first hole, then pared out from there.

“I’m very happy with the play of Ben and Bricker,” Bitner said. “They’re holding steady for us.”

Kramer was just the opposite, as his short game was working well early on, but was happy to walk off the course with a 41 after struggling down the stretch.

“Lately, (the strength of my game) has been my putting,” he said. “I’ve really worked hard on my short game and I’m glad it’s paying off.

“My score is pretty average. For being on our home course, it’s kind of disappointing. I wish I could have done better. The rough was really thick out there, so it made things a little more challenging.”

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