MHS golf team climbs into 1st-place tie in Lakes-8 standings

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MUSKEGON — The race for the 2018 Lakes-8 Activities Conference boys golf championship is a tight one, and it got just a little tighter after the league jamboree at the Muskegon Country Club on Wednesday.

Manistee is tied for first place overall in the league with Muskegon Western Michigan Christian, with Ludington well within striking distance, after the Chippewas took second place at the match by a single stroke on the home course of Muskegon Catholic Central.

Manistee shot a team score of 174 in the 9-hole event, just shy of WMC’s 173 and just ahead of Ludington’s 179.

In the overall league standings, only four shot separates the three teams, with 27 holes of league play left in the season.

“We’re in a three-horse race right now,” Manistee coach Mike Swanson said. “We’re tied for the lead, so we’re in a good spot.”

Matthias Eriksson had the low individual score of the day for the Chippewas, shooting a 37. Ethan Anderson posted a score of 40, Jayden O’Hagen shot a 48 and Rocco Staszczak carded a 49.

Non-scorers Neven Johnson shot a 57 and Mason Adamski shot 70.

“A couple of our guys didn’t putt very well today,” Swanson said. “So we need to work on our short game a little bit, but otherwise, we’re progressing pretty well. The other teams played well and we played well today.”

The last two league matches of the season are an 18-hole event at Ludington on Monday, May 21 and nine holes at Manistee National on Wednesday, May 23.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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