SL golf struggles but still easily beats Allendale

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Spring Lake’s varsity golf team turned in one of its worst rounds of the season in a non-conference dual meet against Allendale on Monday, but the Lakers’ 170 was still 20 strokes better than the Falcons at Spring Lake Country Club.

Although head coach George Bitner was discouraged by his team slumping, there were a few bright spots, notably a 40 shot by the team’s No. 1 golfer, Henry McGannon, and a 42 by Brendan Peel.

“(Brendan) hit eight straight fairways,” Bitner said. “That’s the best golf he’s played. We’ve been splitting time with him and George Nietering. And we’ll have another challenge match to see who plays Wednesday (at the Lakes Eight Jamboree at Fruitport).”

Other scores for the Lakers on Monday included a trio of 44s, turned in by Ben Kramer, Bricker Reed and Harrison Swanson. Bitner said Swanson started terribly, but finished on fire.

“He was 8-over through his first four holes, but the last five, he was 1-under,” Bitner said. “We’ve been complaining about the kids not being able to finish, but he certainly did that. It was intriguing to watch.”

Wednesday’s league jamboree will be played at Oakridge Golf Club in Norton Shores. The Lakers currently hold an eight-stroke lead  over second-place Fremont in the overall standings.

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