Golf Roundup: Haven golf advances to regional meet

A pair of sophomores turned in great performances to help the Grand Haven varsity boys golf team advance through the district round of the state tournament.
Tribune Staff
May 23, 2014

Tyler VandenBrand shot a team-best 77 and Alex Christiansen added a 79 as the Buccaneers shot a team score of 326. That was good for fifth place and wrapped up one of the six regional qualifying spots at Thursday’s Division 1 district competition at Blythefield Country Club.

“Our junior and senior guys have held the line in consistency this year, but struggled in the tournament today,” said coach Randy White. “Two sophomores, Tyler VandenBrand with a 77 and Alex Christiansen with a 79, which beat both their personal best in tournament play, led the team.

“It was a joy to see the young guys focused on their game and following the game plan for the day. We will see a lot more of these guys in the next couple years.”

Reid Murphy shot an 81 for the Bucs while Matt Nalley carded an 89 and Alex Crandle shot a 95.

Rockford won the district championship with a 307, followed by Mona Shores (316), Forest Hills Central (320), Grandville (322) and the Bucs. A total of 10 teams competed in the event.

The regional competition takes place next Thursday at Eldorado Golf Course in Cadillac.

LAKERS MOVE ON

Spring Lake placed fourth at its Division 2 district competition on Thursday, shooting a round of 333.

Forest Hills Northern took the district title with a 309, followed by Forest Hills Eastern (311) and Reeths-Puffer (329).

Ben Kramer tied for 10th medalist honors with his round of 77. Bricker Reed fires an 81, followed by Brenden Peel with an 86 and Ryan Johnson with an 89.

Tanner Debien shot a 91 despite taking a 12 on a hole.

“It worked out OK on a tough course,” said Lakers’ coach George Bitner. “The greens were fast.”

The Lakers’ regional competition will be held next Friday at Cedar Chase Golf Course.

Earlier this week, Spring Lake wrapped up Lakes Eight Conference action by beating rival Ludington twice, but still finished runner-up to the Orioles in the final league standings.

The Lakers shot rounds of 156 and 153 at Fremont, to Ludington’s 158 and 154.

Ludington finished the conference season with 783 total strokes to Spring Lake’s 798.

Kramer finished second in the league in overall scoring with 184 total strokes. Reed (196) also earned first-team all-conference honors.

Peel, Johnson and Debien were all second-team all-conference performers.

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