Simmons leads Chips to tri-match win

FILER TWP. — Two days removed from shooting his highest score of the season, Matt Simmons rebounded with his lowest.

Simmons carded a 5-over par 40 as medalist to lead Manistee to a tri-match victory Monday in chilly, blustery conditions at Manistee National’s Canthooke Valley.

“You really couldn’t do a whole lot out there,” said Simmons. “You just go out there and do the best you could with what you had.”

Manistee junior Matt Simmons watches his tee shot Monday on No. 8 at Manistee National’s Canthooke Valley. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

Manistee junior Matt Simmons watches his tee shot Monday on No. 8 at Manistee National’s Canthooke Valley. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

Manistee finished with a team score of 173 to beat Manton (200) and Muskegon Catholic Central (205).

“It was cool and windy today and it was mostly the wind that was a challenge,” said Manistee coach Mike Swanson. “That’s a pretty good score.”

The Chippewas were playing competitive golf for the fifth time in seven days and coming off a two-day, 36-hole tournament over the weekend at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

“Just getting out there and playing is what’s important, getting warmed up,” Simmons said. “We’ll get better as it goes on and the more we play and the warmer it gets.”

Simmons, who shot 100 Saturday at The Wolverine, carded a triple bogey, double, bogey and five pars before closing his round with a birdie on the par-3 ninth hole.

“They all had some bad holes and they recovered from it,” said Swanson, who shook up the lineup with three different players from the weekend’s six. “It showed some character by them.”

Will Shriver shot a 42, Blake Davis a 44 and Avery Kiefer a 47 to complete the team score while Rudy Linke (55) and Cody McShane (56) also played.

“They’re used to shooting a little bit better scores than this and they haven’t jelled yet, and yet, they’re not giving up when they’re out there,” Swanson said. “They’re not throwing in the towel halfway through.”

Manistee has won all three of its tri-matches this season with scores of 173, 172 and 173 and Swanson said he thinks his team can shoot lower.

“I expect them to give me their best and I think they gave their best effort today, I don’t think they gave their best golf,” he said. “Hopefully that’s yet to come.” 

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