ALMONT — The Almont boys’ golf team registered a two-way tie for a 10th- place showing last Friday and Saturday at the Division 3 state finals. Forest Akers West Golf Course, in East Lansing, provided the tournament venue.
“I feel we had a very successful season,” Almont Coach Mark Bone commented. “The varsity and junior varsity continued to work hard and improve the entire year,” he noted.
“Our junior varsity program continues to develop players to be competitive when they step up to the varsity level. I feel the competition among the team for our six varsity spots is a driving force to our success. Coach James Fuller is a huge part to not only the junior varsity players but also instilling his competitive insights to the varsity players. The cool part of the season was, we were able to win the BWAC Tournament, retain the BWAC Conference title, place in the top three at regionals and the top ten at states, but even with all of that, the team has already set the bar high for next year. I am looking forward to seeing the guys continue to work and grow their game. To reflect back on how far each player has developed to make this a true ‘team’ success is incredible. This is what makes these types of seasons special, knowing how each and every player, varsity and junior varsity, contributed to our success.”
Grand Rapids Catholic Central won the two-day tournament with a 614 total. They were followed by Lansing Catholic (649), Saginaw Swan Valley (652), Tawas (659), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (662), Hanover Horton (664), Jackson Lumen Christi and Manistee (673 each), Millington (688), Almont and Grand Rapids West Catholic (690 each), Shepherd (691), Ann Arbor Greenhills (694), Traverse City St. Francis (699), Grand Rapids Covenenant Christian (703), Olivet (736), Dowagiac (737) and Hillsdale (756).
Cam Bourdeau led Almont with a 165 over 36 holes. His effort, consisting of an opening round 83 and a second round 82, left him 26th overall.
Manny Goldstein provided the next best Almont 36-hole output, a 169. His performance featured a first round of 81 and a closing round 88. That enabled him to rank 36th overall.
Nolan Roszczewski placed third among Almont golfers and 44th overall, thanks to a 172 total. He shot an opening round 85 and a closing round 87.
Clayton Roszczewski supplied the next best Almont 36-hole output, a 184. His performance featured a first round of 91 and a closing round 93 That enabled him to rank 83rd overall.
Jerry Schurig and Jaxon Szlaga also competed for Almont at the Division 3 state finals. Schurig shot an opening round 98 and Szlaga carded a second round 105. That enabled them to post a 203 total, good for 105th overall.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.