Big Rapids boys golf team has sights set on state title run

Pierce Morrissey hits his ball out of the sand trap at Katke Golf Course’s No. 18 green last season. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys golf team has been hard at work preparing for the 2018 Spring season.

The Cardinals are coming off a Division 3 State Finals appearance that saw them finish second overall.

“The boys are looking forward to the challenge of improving on

their second place finish from last year,” head coach Mark Posey said. “They know they have a lot of work to do and have their minds in the right place to make the improvements that are necessary to win.”

The Cardinals lost a key golfer in Tait Morrissey to graduation. Tait is currently golfing for Alma college as a freshman.

Key returners include Seniors Fletcher Bolda and Ben Fath as well as juniors Owen Seay and Pierce Morrissey. Morrissey — a Michigan State commit — was named to the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association’s (MIGCA) First-team all-state team as well as the 2017 Super Team.

Big Rapids will be bolstered by additions Dawson Currie, Brett Lilienthal and Peter Rutan.

The Cardinals have their sights set on another postseason run as well as a 14th consecutive CSAA championship. Since 2008, the Cardinals have won a state championship, finished runner-up three times, finished third twice, and fifth place once.

But in order to do those things, the team has some things it needs to work on.

“Learning where and when to attack the golf course is important,” Posey said. “Learning how to score even when they may not have their best game that day is important, too.”

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