The O-K Red is typically a competitive conference when it comes to golf, and this season looks to be no different.
Last year’s first and second-place teams — Rockford, which finished 12th in the state, and Grandville — both return all five starters. But Grand Haven coach Randy White thinks the Buccaneers can play spoiler.
“I have to say that as strong as these guys are, they will be a little nervous when it comes to this Grand Haven team,” White said. “We look forward to the challenge and will be ready to compete following spring break.”
Lakers look to learn from postseason struggles, capture another conference crown
The Spring Lake boys golf team struggled over the last three holes at regionals last season, falling five strokes short of advancing to the state finals.
It’s a lesson coach George Bitner said his squad has learned.
“They’re aware of that and they’re going to play better this year,” Bitner said. “I’m quite sure of that.”
Trojans hoping to rise to middle of pack under first year coach
Fruitport girls head coach Doree Hall has taken over the boys position as well this season.
Hall said she was hopeful that the Trojans, who finished in last place in the Lakes Eight last season, could rise to the middle of the pack in the league this year.
“My goal is if I can get five guys in the 40’s,” Hall said. “… I think that would make us top four — I think middle of the pack would be realistic for us. A lot of the other teams have a lot of experience, with guys that play year round. I don’t have a golfer that plays year round.”
WMC also welcomes new head coach
WMC grad Morris Ringelberg is in his first year at the helm as boys golf coach, but he still hasn’t been able to practice with his team yet.
The retired Mona Shores’teachers spent a majority of the last four months in Florida. A golfing accident in the sunshine state led to a broken hip by his wife Therese, and has put Ringelberg in the role of caretaker while she recovers.
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