The nicknames have changed for Ben Kramer over his three years as a Spring Lake varsity golfer — but it’s the last one that has helped him get to the state finals.
“When he had that little scooter I called him ‘Scooter,’” said Spring Lake coach George Bitner. “When he was swinging so fast, I called him ‘Speedy.’ Now he’s just pure maple syrup. Fast syrup, but he’s syrupy. His swing is consistent (like syrup).”
Kramer’s game has certainly been sweet this season, with consistency as his calling card. The junior put that mentality to good use at last week’s Division 2 regional meet. His score of 75 at Cedar Chase Golf Course was good for third, and qualified him for this weekend’s state final at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing.
“We played the course freshman year and sophomore year, so I was familiar with it,” Kramer said. “I had a feeling that it was going to be a tough day — condition-wise — so I was just aiming to be consistent. I made a lot of pars, and it ended up being a good day.”
It always is when you accomplish a goal.
I knew this year had to be a big year,” Kramer said. “I want to play college golf, (and) a lot of coaches look at your junior year because next year will pretty much be committed and everything. I made a list of goals, and making state was one of them. It was pretty cool to have my hard work pay off, and accomplish one of them.”
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Kramer said his goal is to finish in the top 10, something Bitner sees as achievable.