Golfers hoping for better weather

BIG RAPIDS — The weather has obviously not been conducive to golf weather, but the Big Rapids Cardinals were able to get some action in over the weekend.

Big Rapids was ninth overall out of the 18 teams at the Southern Swing in Springfield, Ohio. The Cardinals posted a 344 in the first round on Friday. No additional details were available.

On Friday, Big Rapids was led by Ben Fath (79), Fletcher Bolda (85) Owen Seay (86), Parker Younge (94), Elliot Seay (99) and Colin Morrissey (110).

Big Rapids is set to play on April 24 at Central Montcalm in a Central State Activities Association jamboree.

Reed City

Katrina Wray is back for another season as Reed City golf coach.

Brady Slater graduated from last year’s squad, but the Coyotes have two top-notch returning seniors with Bryce Grannis and Seth Phelps.

Wray acknowledged it’s tough to cite promising newcomers since her team hasn’t been able to get on the course yet.

“We should have our top six in the low 90s or 80s,” Wray said. “We’ll need to improve on our short game, 100 yards and in.”

Chippewa Hills

Lenny Starck returns as Warrior boys coach. It’s his first year, although he has also been coach in the past.

Robert Burnell is among golfers who graduated last year.

Nick Althouse will be in his third year on the varsity. He was CSAA honorable mention and All-State honorable mention last year. Kaden Doyle averaged a 96 last year.

Promising newcomers include Mitchell Kuzma and Jackson Quiggle.

“There’s always room for improvement in golf. We will spend a lot of time working on our short game. We have not set any goals yet. All returners are looking to average a lower score than last year.”



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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