Reed City golfers continue to show improvement

REED CITY — Reed City’s Brady Slater shot a team-best 93 to lead his team on Monday in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division final at Cedar Chase Golf Club.

The Coyotes hosted a meet at Spring Valley on May 17. Reed City shot a 381, led by Slater with an 88 and Bryce Grannis with a 91.

“I believe that’s our best score in the last six years,” Reed City coach Katrina Wray said. “I wanted to get four guys under 100 (throughout the season). I’ve been able to do that a couple of times. I’m really happy the way the boys have been playing.”

Reed City hosted a two-player event, the Coyote Invitational, on Friday at Falcon Head Golf Course in Big Rapids.

The team of Slater and Grannis had an 83. Josh Mund and Seth Phelps combined for an 89.

The team of Thomas Quinn and Mason Bush had a 116 to give Reed City a 285. Sparta, Hesperia, Lakeview and Tri County were also in the tournament.

“Oftentimes, we’ll play 218 holes at whatever tournament we’re at, and they’ll go back and play another nine at Spring Valley before we go home,” Wray said. “That says how much (the players are dedicated).”

Phelps is a sophomore, who played last season and said he has improved in all areas of his game. His best score has been 98 for 18 holes.

Before the season ends, “I’d like to get in the 90s,” he said. “That’d be great. I have to practice my driving and my chipping, mostly my driving.  I’d like to get into the low 90s.”

Putting has been the best part of his game, Phelps said.

“This year, we definitely have improved,” he said. “Next year, it should be way better.”

Districts are Thursday at Katke Golf Course. The Coyotes hope to qualify as a team, for the regional next week. But Wray added she’s hoping to see some players advance to regionals if the team falls short of that goal.