Big Rapids’ Fletcher Bolda reflects on career

Fletcher Bolda

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys golf team came up just short in its quest for a state title this past weekend in East Lansing.

The Cardinals finished second to Hanover-Horton after losing on a fifth-player tiebreaker on Saturday at Forest Akers West Golf Course. For senior Fletcher Bolda and his teammates, having victory snatched from their grasp took a great toll.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” senior Fletcher Bolda said. “We don’t want to kid ourselves, here. This is the tournament we were aiming for all year. We thought were going to win it coming down the stretch.”

Bolda was third on the team with a two-day score of 167 (85/82). While his score on day two was an improvement compared to day one, he acknowledged that Saturday’s steady rain showers impacted everyone’s play.

“It was a battle all day. We weren’t getting anything out here and were working for every single stroke. It was tough, but everyone had to play through it.

We left strokes out there and it’s going to sting for awhile. Eventually, we’ll be able to reflect on this and be proud of what we’ve done.”

Bolda and Ben Fath were the lone seniors for Big Rapids this season. They leave behind a winning legacy and attitude that their underclassmen teammates have embraced.

“This is a great way to send them out,” head coach Mark Posey said. “You can’t ask for two better seniors. They leave with three regional championships, four conference championships, and three top-three state finishes. They’re great players and we’re going to miss them.”

“It’s been awesome,” Bolda said. “With both golf and hockey, it’s been awesome to be a part of two great programs. It’s been great to build friendships with these guys for four years. It’s been an honor.”

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