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Grand Haven golf takes runner-up at home Jamboree

Duncan MacLean • May 11, 2018 at 12:29 AM

The Grand Haven boys golf team has spent the season clawing their way back up the O-K Red Conference standings after a lackluster start to the jamboree season.

Thursday, they defended their now No. 2 spot in the standings with a second place finish at their home jamboree at Grand Haven Golf Club. The Bucs turned in a 157, behind only Rockford at 148. Hudsonville came third at 162, ahead of Caledonia at 167, West Ottawa at 171, East Kentwood at 177 and Grandville art 180.

Cam Casey led the way for Grand Haven, carding a two-over-par 37 on the front nine of Grand Haven Golf Club. Luke Deater followed at 38, ahead of Chris LaCour at 39, Kai Rensland at 42, Sam Isaacs at 43 and Finn Bylsma with a 44.

“The guys were making good decisions today on club selection,” said Grand Haven head coach Randy White. “Typically, they like hitting the long ball. Today, they were able to step back and be a little more conservative with their tee shots and that made a difference.

“Coming out of the long winter, everyone is still figuring out their game. We aren’t to our potential yet, but we are getting there.”

With two conference jamborees left before the postseason O-K Red tournament, Grand Haven has worked their way back into the upper echelon of the conference with intentional practice giving way to improved play, but they may have waited too long to get things going.

“We’re moving in the right direction. We are sneaking up to the top,” White said. “We might be too far away to sneak up on Rockford, but we are also looking toward regionals. If we keep moving this way, it will be good for the end of the season.

“We’re probably looking at second in the conference with two jamborees and the postseason tournament left. We would need some help to catch Rockford. We just started so slow and they have a pretty good team put together. We have been pushing to improve, though.

“We are being more deliberate in practice. We always look at two things we do well and consider our biggest issues. After we have thought about what we need to work on and how we are going to overcome it then we go to the practice area and work through those things.

“This year, mostly, it is short game issues.”

The Bucs will take on the East Kentwood and Caledonia Jamborees next week before the postseason O-K Red Tournament on May 22. A trip to regionals and hopeful bid to the state tournament will serve as a farewell to 11-year head coach White, who will retire at the conclusion of the season.

White has coached golf for 27 years, spending the past 11 at Grand Haven and logging six years of coaching experience at Spring Lake and Mona Shores after getting his career started in Oklahoma.

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