Reed City sophomore enjoys improvement on golf squad

REED CITY — It was an intriguing season for Reed City sophomore Colt Start on the Coyote boys golf team.

He was on the JV roster a year ago. Now it's the varsity spotlight for Start.

“I've improved a lot,” he said. “I went from shooting a 110 to usually in the mid 90s to low 90s ... Hopefully I can cut that down with my chipping. I've learned to use my woods off the ground a lot, which has improved my game where I went from having my long club off the ground 150 or 160 to 220.”

It's been a short season, but Start had an 180-yard shot that he then chipped up for a one-foot putt.

“I putted one probably about four feet off the green for a 50-foot putt,” said Start, who has had a 92 for his lowest score but was hoping to get it down to the mid 80s before the season concluded.

“I need to improve my chipping and driving,” he said.

Start looks at his mid-range game and his woods off the ground as the strength behind his chipping this season.

The Coyotes got off to a late start for the season, as did most other golf squads, due to the weather. Start likes the progress the Coyotes made.

“We're getting there,” he said. “As a team, we haven't had that many practices. Our first meet, we went into it without a single practice. For not having a single practice, I was happy with how it came out.”

The season ended for Start in the districts.

Start plays a lot of offseason golf. “Whenever I can, I come out here since it's our home course,” he said of Spring Valley Golf Course. “It's nice to know your course. It's easier compared to others because there's not as much out of bounds.”

The Coyotes played at Cedar Chase in the CSAA tournament and in the district after that.