SL golf wins first Lakes Eight jamboree

Spring Lake's varsity girls golf team started on the right foot on his goal at winning a seventh-straight championship in the Lakes Eight Conference on Wednesday, as the Lakers won the opening league jamboree at Whitefish Lake Golf Course. "We stunk up the couse, but we still managed to win,' Spring Lake coach George Bitner said. "The girls are talking about reaching state this year, but if that's the case, we've got a lot of work to do.'
Tribune Staff
Aug 18, 2011


Spring Lake finished with a team score of 197, which topped runner-up Ludington by 20 strokes. Fruitport was third with a 223, followed by host Tri-County with a 230 and Fremont with a 248.

Bitner said the Lakes Eight Conference is watered down this fall, as programs from Newaygo and Grant dropped their girls golf teams. Fremont also dropped their team, but will continue as a club sport.

Individually, Ellie Holman led the Lakers with a round of 48, while the team’s returning No. 1 golfer, Elinor Adams shot a 49. Adams finished 11th at last season’s Division 3 state finals.

Tori Kihnke carded a 50 for the Lakers, a score that was matched by freshman Karissa Rasche. Freshman Ginni Olszewski added a 53.

For Fruitport, Jenna Visniski shot a 50 while Carly Hoekenga and Kaylee McWilliams each shot a 54.

The Trojans will host a 10-team invitational on Friday.



First I want to apologize upfront to online readers for my multiple posts. My Bad... I also want to say I have no hard feelings against Spring Lake, the high school or its athletic program.

That being said... I have to bring to attention, to all who read the Tribune (if it isn't already obvious after years of it going on), that this news paper is definitely slanted towards providing substantially more sports coverage on Spring Lake then on the City in which it resides (Grand Haven). Back tracking from present day all the back to the beginning of May I was able to count up (give or take 2-3 articles) 82 Spring Lake High School highlighted sports articles compared to 66 Grand Haven highlighted sports articles. Furthermore, the deeper I go back into the school year, the worse it becomes, and the larger the divide.

I know this isn't scientific study (maybe it should be), however, even if it were split right down the middle, that would still be completely ridiculous. Even more glaring is the amount of Fruitport coverage the Tribune provides. It's like living in Ohio and picking up a Ohio paper to read about OSU Football, to find that instead more than half of the Sports coverage on a regular basis is talking about UofM Football. Talk about some upset sports fans.

Being that the Tribune is called the "Grand Haven Tribune" and NOT the TRI-CITY TRIBUNE, I'd think it only be fair that the families and friends of all the GH athletes get to read more about "their cities" athletes instead of every other cities athletes.

And yes, Matt DeYoung, you could probably do something about this. I know "Spreading the Wealth" sounds outstanding in theory but it's always terrible in practice.

How about showing more than enough love to our Grand Haven athletes before we start highlighting everyone elses??? Just a simple idea from a simple person.


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