Grand Haven girls golf finishes fifth at regionals

Duncan MacLean • Updated Oct 7, 2016 at 12:20 AM

The Grand Haven girls golf team ended their season with a fifth-place finish at the Division 1 regional on Thursday at the Meadows Golf Course in Allendale. The Buccaneers carded a 384 as a team.

Traverse City West took the win with an impressive 309, led by a tournament low 70-stroke round by sophomore Anika Dy.

Hudsonville, the favorite entering play, finished second with a 356, while Caledonia took the final team qualifying spot after tying Rockford at 365 strokes. The tiebreaker goes to the fifth-golfer score, which gave Caledonia the edge.

“I told them if we could get four scores in the 90s that would be in a great position, and we would have a shot, and they did that,” said Grand Haven coach Roger Glass. “They all left a few shots out there, but it’s a tough course. It seems like we finished behind Hudsonville, East Kentwood and Caledonia all year.”

The Buccaneers were led by junior Bekah Schrader, who carded a 93 for the day. She missed out on qualifying individually by just one stroke. The top three golfers not included in the team qualifiers earn the right to compete at the state championships individually.

“I’m disappointed for her, she works really hard,” coach Glass added.

I felt like I could have done better,” said Schrader. “But, I did pretty good. I had one pitch at about 50 yards, and I chunked it and had to take a penalty because it went in the water.”

Schrader’s efforts this season earned her O-K Red All-Conference honors.

Coach Glass was satisfied with his top golfer’s round, but is looking forward to her improving next year.

“She had a good shot today,” he added. “I thought upper 80s for her, but she just didn’t have it all together.”

Glass dismissed the wet weather as a factor.

“She’s pretty level headed,” he said. “She doesn’t let things like that bother her. I’m disappointed for her. It’ll get her to work harder over the summer.”

Audrey Reus and Ashley Vorac both carded 96s, just ahead of Summer DeWitt, who finished with a 99. Ally Kingma rounded out the Bucs regional team with a 108.

The team will look to build on this year’s successes with only two golfers from the regional team graduating and top seed Schrader returning for her senior year.

“They’re just a great bunch of girls, it’s a privilege for me to coach them. It was a successful season,” Glass said.

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