Reed City golf coach reflects on 2014 spring season

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REED CITY — It’s finally an ideal time for summer golf, but the boys high school season has ended with the Reed City Coyotes looking forward to what they hope will be a promising 2015 campaign.

Coach Katrina Wray and her players were challenged by poor weather this season. Jacob Green advanced from districts to the regionals and got a 102. As it turned out, golfers had to shoot in the low to mid-70s for a chance to qualify individually for the state tournament.

“He didn’t do as well as he wanted to do,” Wray said.

Looking ahead, Wray won’t have any returning seniors for 2015 since no junior was on the roster this season.

“I’ve had an early signup already,” Wray said. “I have four new golfers that would be juniors and one new sophomore. I have four or five returning from this season that would be sophomores and juniors. We’ll be a young team next year, but that doesn’t scare me.”

Seniors graduating are Spencer Battle, Green, Kaden Phelps and Isaac Zolman, a first-year player.

Battle had his fourth year of high school golf. His best score was a 93.

“It was not consistent,” he said. “We had lot of rain and a lot of wet weather. The courses were always wet.”

In his junior season, Battle shot an 89 at districts. He entered the season with hopes of going to regionals.

“It just didn’t happen,” he said.

Battle tried to stay as active as possible during the summer seasons.

“I tried to get around to different (courses),” he said. “I like Spring Valley. It’s a lot different than other courses. But it’s not bad.”

Spencer Mund, Brady Slater and Colt Start will be among the returning players. Wray hopes to get together and have summer sessions. Chris Bigford from Katke Golf Course, who worked with the team during the spring, continues to offer his assistance, Wray noted.