Young Coyotes shooting for strong golf season

REED CITY – Reed City has a young golf team this spring, but Kaleb Carmichael and Ben Schermerhorn are looking to come up with key scores this season for the Coyote team.

The Coyotes opened their season at home April 13 against Clare at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Carmichael shot a 49.

“A couple of holes, I didn’t do so hot,” he said. “Other holes I felt like I could be a top contender this year.”

Carmichael, a senior, is on the varsity golf team his first season after playing junior varsity in the past.

“I played as much as I could during the offseason,” he said. “I’m looking for low 90s and high 80s (per 18 holes) and mid 40s (for nine holes).”

Carmichael is obviously hoping his best golf is yet to come.

“My long game is looking pretty good,” he said, adding that the best part of his game is “my mid-rangers, seven irons and all my irons.”

Carmichael is confident the Coyotes can qualify for regionals and also for state if all members of the team shoot in the 40s.

“Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills are pretty tough,” he said, sizing up the Central State Activities Association title race this season.

Schermerhorn, a junior, also shot a 49 against Clare.

“I should have done better,” he said. “It’s still early. The grass and greens are not where they’ll be toward the end of the year. It’s still good for being this early.”

It’s his second year of varsity golf.

“I’ve improved quite a bit from last year,” he said. “Last year was pretty solid. We had a good team. I played quite a bit (during the off season) and got lessons to help me improve.”

Schermerhorn is looking to shoot in the 40s for nine holes.

“I need to work on (his shots) from 125 yards and in,” he said, “and just keeping the ball in play. My driving and long range shots (have been strength).”

“The team is in a rebuilding stage right now, but we should be pretty good,” he said.