Kienitz's chip-in leads Reed City golfers

REED CITY — Matt Kienitz picked a perfect way to end his nine-hole golf match for the Reed City Coyotes on Monday.

Kienitz had a long chip-in on his second shot at the par 3 No. 18 hole and put it in for a birdie and ended the match at 40 on the par 36 nine-hole layout.

His score earned Kienitz medalist honors at Spring Valley Golf Course in his team’s 175-210 non-league victory over Fremont Providence Christian.

It was Kienitz’s first chip-in of the season.

“It bounced two or three times and just went in,” said Kienitz, who was using a pitching wedge.

It was his lowest nine-hole score of the season.

Driving and chipping were two of his strengths during the day.

“After today, I’ve seen a lot of improvement,” Kienitz said. “Last week, I wasn’t doing so well at Chippewa Hills.

Also for Reed City, Kaleb Carmichael shot a 44, followed by Ben Schermerhorn at 45, Kaden Phelps at 46, Spencer Battle 50, Jacob Green 51 and Josh Hughston 53.

“I could have done a couple of strokes better but I was doing all right,” Battle said. “I should have been in the 40s so far.”

Battle is a sophomore in his first varsity season. He said that putting would be a key in lowering his stroke total. His irons and driving have been the strongest part of his game. His best nine-hole totals away from home has been a 52 at Lakeview.

Reed City plays at Central Montcalm today in Central State Activities Association action.

“We’ve been doing pretty good,” Battle said. “The JVs are undefeated right now.”

It was her team’s best nine-hole score of the season, Reed City co-coach Katrina Wray said.

“There’s been significant improvement,” she said. “I’m really happy with what we see here. They’re working hard at practice. We told them earlier that if they worked hard at practice, those scores would eventually show in their match. Today was proof in the pudding.”

Seeing four of her golfers shoot in the 40s was especially pleasing for Wray.

“For Matt to lead the team with a 40, I’m very happy with that, I’m happy with everybody,” Wray said. “Of the scores we kept, everybody was under 50. You like to see that.”

Reed City also plays at Lake City on Friday.

On April 24, the Coyotes shot a 398 and finished fourth in a Central State Activities Association meet at The Royal Golf Course at Canadian Lakes.

Ben Schermerhorn led Reed City with a 398, followed by Ben Schermerhorn with 93, Kaleb Carmichael 99 and Matt Kienitz with a 100. Also for the Coyotes, Josh Hughston fired a 106, Justin Daneels had a 111, while Tyler Wright shot a 113.

Thursday, Reed City played at Manistee and finished second out of three teams with a 199. Schermerhorn shot a 44, followed by Carmichael with a 48, Kienitz with a 53 and Hughston and Tyler Wright with 54s.