Reed City’s golf season concludes

REED CITY — The 2016 golf season ended for the Reed City Coyotes on Thursday in the Division 3 districts at Katke Golf Course. The Coyotes did not have anyone qualify for the regional.

Reed City shot a 434 to finish ninth among nine teams. Freshman Josh Mund had the best score with a 100. Junior Brady Slater was next at 107. Sophomore Bryce Grannis shot a 112, followed by freshman Zack Wirgau at 115 and sophomore Seth Phelps at 123.

“We didn’t play very well at districts,” Reed City coach Katrina Wray said. “Overall, we made great strides. One of  my goals was having four scores under 100.  We had a score of 381 in league and a 391 another week. I was happy to come under 400 a couple of times.”

The Coyotes had a young team this season.

“We were led at districts by a freshman,” Wray said. “He was one stroke away from qualifying for the regional as a freshman. Heading into the next year, I’ll have a senior, junior and (several) sophomores. I’m expecting to be better. Our goal is top three in the league.”

Big Rapids again will be very competitive in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, Wray acknowleged.

“In my realistic world I don’t see us taking Big Rapids’ spot,” Wray said. “I don’t see that happening but we’re building toward it. If we keep building a little bit every year, the next few years, we should be solid.”

Wray is anticipating members of her team playing extensively during the offseason.

“The last thing I talked to them about when they saw the score and realized we didn’t qualify for regionals is that next season starts tomorrow,” Wray said. “It comes down to how much you play in the summer because when you come back in the spring, the first tournament might be the first nine or 18 holes we’ve play the whole year.

“I’m hoping the boys take advantage of every opportunity they have to golf. They are competitive and they want to be better. I think they’ll work hard and hopefully surprise a few other teams.”