Records fall for SL golf team

A pair of school records were set by Spring Lake golfers this weekend as the Lakers won the Fremont Invitational. The Lakers shot a school-record score of 296, beating the old record by six strokes. Reeths-Puffer took second place with a 308.
Tribune Staff
Apr 25, 2011

Even more impressive was the performance of junior Marcus Fry, who set a new individual record with a five-under-par round of 66 at the par-71 Briar Hill Golf Course. The old record, according to coach George Bitner, was a 69 shot by Dan Bowen. That round came on a par-66 golf course. J.D. Lindert shot a 70 for the Lakers in both 2004 and 2005.

David Bonter shot a 75 for Spring Lake. Henry McGannon carded a 76 and Erik Johnson added a 79 in his first varsity  match. John Vanderlaan carded an 83, and Connor Love shot an 89 for the Lakers.

“I wanted four scores in the 70s, and instead I got one in the 60s, which was even better,” said George Bitner, who has coached the Lakers’ golf team since 1968. “This couldn’t happen to a nicer kid.”

The Lakers are scheduled to host the Lakes Eight Conference jamboree on Wednesday.

Western Michigan Christian finished third overall at the Fremont Invitational, tied with Kenowa Hills with a 315. WMC was on top of the small school division.

The Breit brothers led the Warriors’ charge, as both Collin and Alec finished in the top 10 with a 76 and 78, respectively. Jon Cook also shot a 78 for WMC, while Sam Vos carded an 86 and Devin Kohn finished with an 89.

BUCS 3RD AT OTTAWA COUNTY

Grand Haven’s Ben Lewis was just strokes back from medalist honors during Saturday’s Ottawa County Invitational at The Meadows Golf Course at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, helping the Bucs finish tied for third overall.

Lewis finished with an 80, which trailed co-medalists from Jenison, Logan Sochacki and Zach Huyser.

Sophomores Patrick Ferris and Kevin LaCroix each shot an 86 for the Bucs.  Mark Nalley added a 92, followed by a 102 from Jake Lovett and a 106 from Robbie Reid.

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