REED CITY — Reed City opens its boys golf season Friday at home against Clare and will be relying on the talents of returning players Josh Hughston and Matt Kienitz to help the Coyotes have a competitive season.

It’s Hughston’s third year of varsity golf. His best 18-hole score was a 97.

“I should be probably better than last year,” said Hughston, adding that chipping should be among the strongest parts of his game. But he wants to work on his putting.

“We have a lot of newcomers,” Hughston said. “They should be decent.”

Kienitz, also a senior, is in his second season of varsity golf.

“We made it through districts and to regionals last year,” said Kienitz, who earned honorable mention honors all-Central State Activities Association.

Kienitz, Hughston and the other players were able to get in some outdoor practice time earlier than usual.

“The first week (of practice) we had, it was in the 80s,” Kienitz said. “We got a lot in that week. The week after that was not as warm but we still got to be outside. Normally, we’re still in the gym, or cafeteria, whatever.”

Kienitz hopes average in the 80s this season. A key will be to master his iron shots. Putting might be the strongest part of his

game.

“We’ve got a lot of new kids a lot of beginners,” Kienitz said, while adding he hopes to be a leader for the squad.

In the CSAA, “Big Rapids is always solid, Chip Hills is decent,” Kienitz said. “It will be probably be us and Central Montcalm tied for third place.”

Kienitz is hopeful the team will be strong enough to get through districts and qualify for regionals again.