Reed City golfers getting ready for league tourney

REED CITY — It’s an important stretch of the season for the Reed City boys golf team.

The Coyotes have been battling the weatherman, like other sports team, to get in some action in the next few days in anticipation of the Central State Activities Association tournament next Tuesday, May 20 at Cedar Chase Golf Course near Cedar Springs.

Weather-permitting the Coyotes were scheduled to have a CSAA jamboree at home on Tuesday of this week.

Last Friday, Reed City played in a 13-team Lake Isabella Invitational at the Pines Golf Course

Kaden Phelps golfed a 97 for Reed City while Jacob Green had a 98, Colt Start had a 108 and Brady Slater a 120.

Big Rapids, Reed City and Chippewa Hills golf teams were all in action on Tuesday, May 6, at Brookside Golf Course for the third CSAA jamboree of the season.

Reed City scored 379 as a team on the day, moving the Coyotes’ total to 1,204, putting them in fourth place as a team. Spencer Battle had a 95 while Colt Start shot a 96 and Phelps had a 103. Spencer Mund shot a 137 and  Green led the Coyotes with an 85.

“We were at 430 (the previous week) so that’s a big improvement,” Wray said. “I give credit to Chris Bigford (Katke Golf Course pro). He’s working with my team and it’s made a huge difference. The amount of improvement has been pretty cool. He volunteers, just does this out of the kindness of his heart.”

Green and Battle had strong rounds in this particular effort.

“Kaden and Spencer were two and three last year,” said Wray. “Now they’re one and two. Last year we had a varsity team and a JV team. Colt bounced back and forth between varsity and junior varsity. This year, he’s the No. 4 golfer. Last week at our conference match, Spencer chipped in from at least 40 yards away. I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it. I was at another hole at a time. The other coaches came to tell me. It’s not something you do every day.

“He shot an 95 last week. All scores all around the horn have been bigger this year. I attribute that to the lack of practice all the teams have been able to get because of the weather. Most of us haven’t been able to get outside until after spring break. That didn’t work to our advantage. but now the weather is starting to warm up and we’ve got a few practices under our belts, the scores are coming down. Shaving down 51 strokes in a week was pretty big. We’re excited about that and hoping to shave another 10 to 20 off next week.”