Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills detail successful golf seasons

BIG RAPIDS—Two area teams had strong girls golf seasons this year: The Warriors and the Cardinals. Big Rapids girls celebrated a conference title while Chippewa Hills finished third in the regional match and advanced to the state championship for Division 4.   Big Rapids 

The Cardinals were the CSAA Gold champions this season, developing a young team to make a run to fifth place in the regional tournament. 
“It was a great season considering how many players we lost last year. It was awesome to win the CSAA title,” coach Mark Posey said. “I thought that we exceeded expectations because we had to develop so many new players this year.” 
One of the main goals this season was to focus on team development. 
“We really had to spend a lot of time on team bonding because we had so many new players. I thought we did a great job getting them to bond,” Posey said. 
Kate Posey had a strong freshman year for the Cardinals, getting named first team all-conference after earning eight top 10s and earning and 89 as a low score on the season. 

“Her low of 89 on the season was the lowest of any freshman that I’ve ever had on my teams. Her average of 94 is 20 strokes lower than any other freshman I’ve coached.” 
MaKenna Currie was also named first team all-conference after receiving six top 10’s over the course of the year. 
“She has made such an improvement over the past year in her game and her mental toughness. She really showed how good she can be.” Posey said. 
Hadley Fox was a first-year golfer who also earned all-conference honorable mention. The Cardinals will lose two players with Ally Macias and Emmalyn Doering, who have been on the team for the last four years. 
“I expect that we will need to work hard in the off season and summer if we are going to contend at our regional next year,” Posey said. “We should have the goal of making it to the state finals. I know the girls were looking forward to that.” 
Chippewa Hills 
Chippewa Hills was the runner up in the CSAA and took third at the regional championship. The team then placed 16th in the state finals for Division 4. 
“We were a very young team that was in a rebuilding mode after a couple of outstanding seasons,” coach Lenny Starck said. “We came along nicely. I was super happy with our team’s improvement. The future looks very bright next season.” 
The Warriors were able to have a strong season despite the young roster. 
“I believe we exceeded expectations. Day by day we got better. Qualifying for the State Finals for the fourth straight year was a great accomplishment.” Starck said. 
Ryleigh Allen was the top golfer for Chippewa Hills this season. She was named first team all-conference, and placed in the top five in regionals. She was also named first team all-state. 

Madison Allen also had a strong season, winning the regional championship, getting named first team all-conference and made all-state honorable mention. 
Erin Reisenberg was also named all-conference honorable mention. 
“She really came on as the season progressed,” Starck said. “I am super excited about her and Rileigh Abel. Both were freshmen that put together outstanding seasons.”  
The team is not losing any players to graduation this season. 
“We will be competitive in the league and regionals again. We are hoping to improve on our state final finish,” Starck said. 

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