SL golf clings to Lakes 8 lead

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:38 PM

FRUITPORT — Spring Lake’s varsity boys golf team took one step closer to wrapping up the Lakes Eight Conference championship on Wednesday.

The Lakers tied Ludington for first-place honors at the Fruitport Invitational as each team shot a 168.

That leaves Spring Lake with a 12-stroke advantage over Ludington heading into next Wednesday’s final league jamboree at Fremont.

Fremont is also lurking. After shooting a 173 on Wednesday, the Packers sit in third place at 667.

“Our goal is to shoot a 160 there, so that they’d have to shoot a 147 to beat us,” said Lakers’ coach George Bitner.

Spring Lake played without its No. 1 golfer, Henry McGannon, who was instead trying to qualify for the Michigan Amateur. McGannon shot an 84 at the qualifying meet at Spring Lake Country Club, which didn’t make the cut, according to Bitner.

Connor Love was the Lakers’ low scorer on Wednesday with a 39. Ben Kramer and Bricker Reed each shot a 41, while Harrison Palmer and Brendan Peel each carded a 47.

“The group played well,” Bitner said. “We had one boy who doubled par on a par 3, a par 4 and a par 5 and still had a 47. Our top three started out shaky, but they came back and finished stronger, so I’m pleased with that.”

Fruitport placed sixth its home jamboree with a team score of 205.

Both the Lakers and the Trojans will compete at the Montague Invitational on Friday at Old Channel Trail.

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