Reed City golfers fall by one to Manistee

REED CITY — Reed City’s golf team fell in non-league action Friday to Manistee 190-191.

Tom Clark shot a 40 to take medalist honors and lead the RC attack. Jared MacKellar holed a 44 for the Coyotes while Ben Schermerhorn shot a 53 and Matt Kienitz a 54.

Meanwhile, Blaze Hogan’s 75 gave the Big Rapids Cardinals the lift they needed in holding back Chippewa Hills and finishing first in Tuesday’s (May 10) Central State Activities Association jamboree at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Big Rapids shot a 325, followed by Chippewa Hills at 330, Central Montcalm at 347, Reed City 348, Lakeview 375 and Hesperia 401.

Tom Clark shot an 81 for Reed City, followed by Jared MacKellar, Matt Kienitz and Ben Schermerhorn, all with 89s.

“I know my No. 1 and 2, Tom and Jared, were disappointed,” said Reed City coach Todd Dew. “Tom really wanted to shoot in the mid-70s and got some unfortunate breaks. He’ll rebound. Jared got caught up in a few bad mistakes here and there that added up for him.

“I was pleased with our 3 and 4. It’s something we needed to have happen. If I can get No. 1 and 2 to shoot well and No. 3 and 4 to shoot in the 80s, we’re going to go a long way.”

Conditions for the 18-hole match, which started in the morning, were windy.

“It was comfortable and it wasn’t too hot,” Dew said. “We didn’t have to deal with any frost. We were able to get started a little early.”

At Manistee, “I was happy, it’s a much tougher course than what we’re used to,” Dew said. “It’s very wooded and well bunkered. It was a good challenge. We lost unfortunately by a stroke but I’m not worried about that. We have districts and regionals were building toward.”

Reed City is fourth in the CSAA standings about 15 strokes behind the third-place team.

Reed City plays at Briar Hills this Thursday with Hesperia serving as host in CSAA action.

On Friday, May 6, the Coyotes shot a 346 to take fifth at the Lake City Invitational.

Clark had a 79 for the Coyotes, followed by MacKellar with an 80, Kienitz with a 90 and Hughston with a 97.

Clark’s score made him a top 10 medalist for the day.

“The last two 18-hole matches, he shot a 78 and 79,” said Dew. “He’s been shooting consistently in the 70s. He’s capable of shooting (better) than that. He doesn’t make many mistakes. He usually shoots a good round.”

MacKellar has been right behind Clark in recent matches.

“It was good to see him shoot that 80,” Dew said. “He has tons of ability.

When things go well for him...we hope this continues in the league.”