HED: SL golfers shatter school record
LUDINGTON — Longtime Spring Lake golf coach George Bitner knew something special was brewing as he periodically checked in with his girls’ scores at Wednesday’s Ludington Jamboree.
He just didn’t know how special.
It turns out, the Lakers surpassed even his grandest expectations.
Spring Lake shattered its previous school record by nine strokes, firing a sizzling 161 to win the Ludington Jamboree by 47 strokes over the next-closest team.
“I’m out there with a scorecard catching kids’ scores, and I’m seeing nothing but 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, and one or two 6’s,” Bitner said. “I said to one of the coaches, “I think we might get into the 160s.’ Darned if we didn’t do it by nine strokes.”
Anna Kramer led the way with a 37, while Ginny Olszewski carded a 39. Karissa Raschke shot a 42, and freshman Jaedyn Shelton surprised her coach by shooting a career-best 43, including her first career birdie.
“I never dreamed we’d be shooting this well,” Bitner said. “Anna really raised the level for the other girls, and those girls worked very hard this summer. I’m just tickled pink. The girls were excited. Boy, was it a noisy ride home.”
The Lakers will compete at the Kenowa Hills Invitational on Friday.
In junior varsity action, the Lakers had a solid outing at Coopersville. Jackie Oslzewski shot a 53, while Taylor Klein added a 54 and Kayla Krueger shot a 55.