Grand Haven varsity golf coach Randy White set a goal for his squad to have at least four birdies per player at their Division 1 regional meet on Friday at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Battle Creek.
The Bucs came up short of that goal and also short of advancing to the Division 1 state finals. Grand Haven placed sixth in the 12-team regional with a team score of 320. Only the top three teams move on to the state meet, which were regional champion Battle Creek Lakeview (287), Rockford (294), and Mona Shores (299).
“The putters were cold,” White said. “It was great to make it into the regional with many top-ranked teams and we hoped to get at least an individual through to state, but just fell short.”
Grand Haven’s Mark Nalley had a fighting chance, as he was in position to make the cut with four holes to play, but lost four shots in two holes and settled for a 78. Reid Murphy was the next lowest with an 80, followed by a trio of 81s from Patrick Ferris, Matt Nalley and Kevin LaCroix.
“We had a great season with all top eight players leading as No. 1 in a match or tournament,” White said. “We were consistent in scoring but just couldn’t get those low numbers together in one event.
“I was proud of our team effort this year and look forward to next year’s team. We have five returning varsity men and a few newcomers.”