Reed City golfers ready to get in swing of things

REED CITY — Tom Clark and Jared McKellar lead the way for a Reed City boys’ golf team that is anxious to get outdoors on the course and focus on the 2011 season.

Both players advanced to the regionals a year ago. They’d both like to be state qualifiers this year.

“They really will be leaders, both on and off the course,” said Reed City coach Todd Dew. “I expect both of them to put themselves in a position to get to state. Tom has had the opportunity to go to Florida to play.”

Dew has a returning junior in Josh Hughston and is expecting him to be a key player also.

Dew adds that junior Nick Fu, a foreign exchange student from Taiwan, is showing some promise. Other golfers who could contribute are Dan Allen, Matt Kienitz and Owen Rushford.

For the first three weeks of practice, the Coyotes have been trying to get as much accomplished as possible indoors. They been hitting practice balls and using a simulation machine to compete on different simulated courses.

Dew was hopeful the Coyotes could see some action on courses over spring break this week.

Weather-permitting, the season opens Monday at Spring Valley Golf Course against Farwell and Clare. On April 14, the Coyotes play at St. Ives in the Lakeview Invitational. They are home again on April 19 with Manistee and Manton. They have Central State Activities Association (CSAA) jamborees April 26 at Hesperia, May 3 at Lakeview, May 10 at home and May 17 at Big Rapids. The CSAA league meet is May 24 at Lakeview.

“It’s usually tough competing in our conference,” Dew said. “It gives us a good measuring stick of where we need to be.”