Reed City golfers hoping to improve

REED CITY — The districts are next on the schedule for the Reed City golf team.

The last Central State Activities Association jamboree was at Brookside Golf Course in Gowen Tuesday, May 15, with the Coyotes finishing last at 407.

“We finished last for the first time,” said RC coach Katrina Wray. “We had kids out because of a band concert last night. The course was really tight and short.

The districts are May 31 at Montague. The regionals would be the following week.

“We’ll see how it plays out,” Wray said. “We want to finish strong.”

Matt Kienitz, a senior, acknowledged the Coyotes struggled at Brookside.

“It’s the worst we’ve shot all year,” he said. “That was a setback. But (the previous week), we were shooting good.”

The Coyotes hope to be playing their best at districts to qualify for regionals.

Warmer weather would help, Kienitz said.

“We’ve had warm weather this year, it’s been a bonus,” he said.

Kaden Phelps has had a strong varsity season as a sophomore. It’s his first varsity season.

“I’ve made the improvement from last year,” he said. “I dropped my average around 18 strokes. For 18, I’m shooting about a 95 or 96. For nine, I’m shooting a 49 average. It’s more concentration, when I hit my clubs I get the distance down.”

His best score was a 45 for nine holes. His mid-range irons have been the best part of his game so far. He’s working to improve his driving and chipping.

At the Brookside meet, Ben Schemerhorn had a 93 for the Coyotes, following Josh Hughston with a 102, Matt Kienitz with 103, Jacob Green 109 and Justin Daneels 110.

Alma won the Big Rapids Invitational at Katke Golf Course with a 324. Reed City placed 14th overall with a 368 in the 20-team field.

Wray is in the process of figuring out who she will be taking to the district tournament.

“We have steadily improved every week from the beginning of the season, but the last couple of weeks, we’re going back in the other direction,” Wray said. “I would like to see us go back down. There are still two spots that could be up for grabs. I’m still looking at trends, to see who is improving and who is not.”

Scores for the Coyotes were: Schermerhorn 86, Kienitz 89, Phelps 95, Spencer Battle 98, Hughston 108 and Jacob Green 123.

Pioneer preps editor Bob Allan also contributed to his report.