REED CITY – Reed City’s golf season has started out on an impressive note.In the Lakeview Invitational at Brookside on Saturday, Reed City placed first among eight schools.
“Even though the kids feel they didn’t play well, they did a good job managing the course and decent putting on some tougher, undulating greens,” Reed City coach Chris Hanson said. “We had Fischer Morrison finish first overall with an 89 and Nick Wirgau placed third overall with a 92 and receiving medals.
“I was happy with the play and seeing them accomplish and work on some golf course management skills that they are not used to or have never thought about.”
Morrison, Wirgau, Hunter McConnell, Brayden Bloom, Isiah Zelinski, Michael Perri, Ian Hilliard, John Ondrus and Ty Kailing are on the team.
Reed City played in the Wildcat Invite at St. Ives Match Play Event last Thursday.
“We played well our first set of matches and won four out of six against Belding,” Hanson said. “The second nine, we had some good play but ended up with three second-place finishes and one third place finish in our division. It was another cold day to play but I was pleased with the performance, working with a new coach and philosophy.”
Previously, Reed City played in the Chippewa Hills two-person scramble at the Royal Golf Course in Canadian Lakes.
“We finished third-place overall out the 13 participating schools,” Hanson said. “It was a cold day to play on a course in great conditions. We had the two-man team of Fischer Morrison and Michael Perri finish fifth overall and received medals.”
Reed City on Tuesday is hosting a CSAA league match at Spring Valley starting at 9 a.m.
“The weather looks great and we hope to continue to grow as a team and in skills,” Hanson said. “Overall we have some natural ability on the team. With golf there is always something to improve. As a coach my big theme for the year is rethinking how they play the game through management decisions, and putting a strong emphasis into the short game and saving strokes with different shots and smart plays.
“I want to take my 30 years of golfing and give them the ‘this would have been nice to know’ when I was a high school player. I’m looking forward to a good season, building a program for the future, getting all the kids a chance to play, and having fun playing a life-long sport.”