Blow-up holes a bummer for Bucs' golf

Take a look at the scorecard of any of the girls on the Grand Haven varsity golf team and you'll find an occasional 3, some random 4's, and plenty of 5's. But you'll also see a bunch of 7's, some 8's, even a few 9's and 10's. The positive holes give coach Roger Glass a glimmer of hope, but the "blow-up holes,' as Glass calls them, drive the coach crazy.
Matt DeYoung
Sep 21, 2011

“If you look at every scorecard, you’ll see some decent scores, a couple pars,” Glass said. “But those couple blow-up holes will kill you. It’s frustrating to watch.”

There were a few too many blow-up holes for the Buccaneers on Tuesday as they fell to O-K Red Conference rival Hudsonville, 190-224, at Grand Haven Golf Course.

Senior Sierra Olthoff shot a team-best 51 on Tuesday, several strokes worse than her season average.

“I’d like to be in the 40s, so this was not too good,” Olthoff said.

“I did hit one into the water that splashed and popped out on the other side,” Olthoff added with a laugh.

Another senior, Kristen Carlson, experienced one of Glass’ so-called blow-up holes on Tuesday, forcing her to settle for a round of 60.

“I took five out of the sand on No. 13, the easiest par 3,” Carlson said. “I had a ton of blow-up holes today. I’m usually in the low 50s or high 40s. I had problems from the start.”

Martha Ramsey shot a 56 for the Bucs, while Kira Glass added a 57.

Roger Glass said he would love to see his girls figure out a way to escape their blow-up holes with minimal damage instead of letting those holes ruin a round of golf.

“They’ve just got to learn to think, ‘How can I get out of this without any more damage?’” Glass said.

The Buccaneers are nearly finished with their O-K Red Conference schedule, and are not in contention to challenge any of the league leaders any time soon.

Their goal now is to break 200 as a team and get their scores down in time for the Division 1 regional tournament on Oct. 6 at El Dorado Golf Course in Mason.

“We shot a 204 at Pigeon Creek,” Carlson said. “If we can all get into our groove, we can could be really good. We can definitely break 200.”

Glass said he’s encouraged about the future of his program. Several young golfers, including Ramsey, a sophomore, and Hailey Watkins, a freshmen, bring plenty of promise to the course.

“Our ninth and 10th graders who have come up seem very competitive, very into it,” Glass said. “I think we’ll be much more competitive next year, and back competing in the conference in a few years.”

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