Cardinals golf win second CSAA jamboree

SWING: Big Rapids’ Carter Bechaz finishes his swing at a CSAA jamboree Tuesday at Katke Golf Course. Bechaz shot an 81, which was second-best on the team. (Courtesy photo/Mark Posey)

SWING: Big Rapids’ Carter Bechaz finishes his swing at a CSAA jamboree Tuesday at Katke Golf Course. Bechaz shot an 81, which was second-best on the team. (Courtesy photo/Mark Posey)

Fletcher Bolda shoots 79 to lead Big Rapids boys golf at Katke

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys golf team inched a little closer to a Central State Activities Association title Tuesday, winning its second straight conference jamboree at Katke Golf Course.

The Cardinals shot 325, followed by Chippewa Hills (349) and Lakeview (361). Big Rapids also won the first at Brookside Golf Club by 23 strokes. There are three conference jamborees remaining.

“It’s been a good start,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said.  “We had six boys shoot in the 70s or 80s, and when you can do that, you have a deep team.”

Cardinals’ freshman Fletcher Bolda was the medalist for the second straight jamboree, carding a 7-over-par 79.

“He’s got a great attitude,” Posey said. “He’s willing to learn and put in the work. He has areas he can improve, but he keeps such a positive attitude and works super hard to get better
every day.”

Carter Bechaz (81), Ben Fath (82) and Brad Walling (83) rounded out the top four for Big Rapids.

“Carter and Brad are my two good veterans,” Posey said. “Carter won the conference individual title last year, but both those guys did a good job keeping the ball in play today.”

Nic Hillman shot a team-best 83 for the Warriors, while Robert Burnell carded an 85.

The Cardinals are at the Bulldog Invite on Friday at Katke.

“The field is going to be very deep and good,” Posey said. “It will be interesting to see how the boys handle playing some good Division 1 teams.”

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Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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