Coyotes golfers prepare for district tournament

By John Raffel

Pioneer Sports Writer

REED CITY — Reed City is gearing up for Division 3 district golf action on Thursday in Shelby at Oceana County Golf Course with hopes of qualifying for regional action next week.

On Friday in Central State Activities Association action at Cedar Chase Golf Course, the Coyotes finished fourth in the league tournament and Jared MacKellar earned all-league second-team honors.

At the league tourney, MacKellar shot an 89, followed by Tom Clark with 101, Ben Schemerhorn 103, Matt Kienitz 105, Nick Fu 106 and Josh Hughston 107.

“It was a tough course,” said Reed City coach Todd Dew. “Jared MacKellar turned in a very good number which I was happy with. He was striking the ball well. We’ll have to have everyone put together a good number this Thursday at districts.”

Dew will have Clark, Fu, Kienitz, MacKellar and Schemerhorn as his five players in the district.

“I’m confident that Tom and Jared will put up some good numbers,” Dew said. “We have to come up with two other good numbers from the remaining three which they certainly can do.”

The district will consist of Belding, Grant, Kent City, Lakeview, Montague, Newaygo, Reed City, Chippewa Hills, Shelby, Central Montcalm and Whitehall. The top six advance to the regionals.

“If we shoot 360 I think we’ll certainly advance out,” Dew said. “That seems like a pretty good number. I think Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills probably will have a legitimate chance at winning that. They’ve been shooting between 325 and 335.”

Reed City has previously played the course.

“It seems like districts are held there pretty regularly,” Dew said. “it’s pretty straight forward. It’s not terribly difficult. Players can see what they’re getting into.”

Reed City played at home Tuesday against Lake City.

“That will be kind of a warmup match for us,” Dew said.

On Monday, May 16, the Coyotes played in the Big Rapids Cardinals Invitational at Katke Golf Course. Ithaca won with a 322 on the tiebreaker over Tawas. Reed City shot a 364 to take 11th out of 18 teams.

Clark and MacKeller shot 87s to lead the Coyotes, followed by Nick Fu with 92, Matt Kienitz with 98 and Ben Schermerhorn with 98s and Evan Seay with a 108.

Reed City was fourth among five teams in a Central State Activities Association match at Briar Hill last Thursday.

Kienitz shot an 88 for the Coyotes, followed by Fu with 94, MacKellar 95, Seay 98, Hughston 105 and Schermerhorn 105.

Big Rapids won with a 307.

“Overall, we still continue to build,” said Dew. “Each match, we have someone that has been improving. We’ve played some difficult courses. Not everybody is performing real well together yet and that’s what we’ll need at districts and regionals where everyone scores solidly all the time.

“It seems we have one or two doing that. I have hope and confidence it will come together in the next couple of weeks.”

On Tuesday, May 17, the Coyotes played in a CSAA jamboree at Big Rapids’ Katke Golf Course. Reed City was fourth at 382. Kienitz had a 92 for Reed City, followed by Fu at 95, Shermerhorn at 96, MacKellar at 97, Hughston at 119 and Dan Allen at 121.