Big Rapids golf team earns 14th straight CSAA title

The Big Rapids boys golf team poses with its CSAA title trophy. From left to right: Trevor Woodard, Owen Seay, Pierce Morrissey, Dawson Currie, Luke Welch, Brett Lilienthal (Courtesy photo)

CEDAR SPRINGS — The Big Rapids boys golf team won its 14th consecutive CSAA Championship on Tuesday at Cedar Chase GC.

The Cardinals fired a 324.

Pierce Morrissey was low for the day with a 76 and is the CSAA’s most outstanding golfer with a 287 total. It is the fourth time he has won the CSAA title. Luke Welch shot a 78 and took second overall.  Owen Seay shot 85 and took third.

Trevor Woodard shot an 89 and was fifth overall, Brett Lilienthal shot 85 and was sixth. Dawson Currie shot 88 and was seventh.

“I’m proud of our boys for how hard they fought today,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said. “It is difficult coming off a big win this weekend (at Katke Classic).  This will keep us focused the rest of the week as we head into playing our Cardinal Invite on Friday at Katke Golf Course.”

Big Rapids shot a 324 followed by Kent City and Fremont at 400, Chippewa Hills 408 Grant 418. Reed City 420, Lakeview 449, Central Montcalm 454 and Hesperia 571.

For the season, Big Rapids ranks first, followed by Kent City 1,969; Fremont 2,012; Grant 2,048; Reed City 2,084; Chippewa Hills 2,086; Tri County, 2,110; Central Montcalm 2,245; Lakeview 2,511 and Hesperia 2,575.

Scores for Chippewa Hills on Tuesday were Kaden Doyle 87, Mitchell Kuzma 89, Justin Birch 111 and Noah Fiegel 121.

Thomas Quinn had a 92, Mason Bush a 95 and Fischer Morrison had a 99 for Reed City.

Chippewa Hills

Chippewa Hills golf coach Lenny Starck likes the progress his team has been making.

The Warriors competed with six golfers in the Reed City Coyotes two-man scramble on Friday at Falcon Head Golf Course.

Mitch Kuzma and Kaden Doyle teamed for a 74. Justin Birch and Noah Fiegel had a 99. Ashton Vogel and Zach Wernette combined for a 115.

“We’ve been all over the map,” Chippewa Hills coach Lenny Starck said. “We played well last week. Mitch and Karen are really starting to hit the ball well. They’re our top scorers all year and are doing a good job of pushing each other.”

Reed City hosted the event at Falcon Head, but because of senior activities, did not have an official team. Coach Katrina Wray introduced some of her players as Coyotes of the future.

Keegan Weck is a sophomore who has had a strong second varsity season.

“I’ve had my up and down days but overall it’s been pretty good,” he said.

For nine, his best score has been a 54. For 18, it’s been 109. Irons have been the best part of his game. But he’s still working on achieving his goals for this year. He’s been spending time working out on the course.”

Trenton Livermore is another sophomore in his first varsity season. He played JVs last year. He’s been averaging in the 50s for nine. Irons have been the strongest part of his game. But he needs to work on putting.

“Our team has been middle of the road this season,” he said.

He also shoots trap and golf and notes both are “mind games.”

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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