The Battle Creek Enquirer takes a look at the regional teams in girls' golf in this preview of the 2020 fall sports season
Highlights of the story
- The Enquirer will regularly publish a preview of the university sports season in autumn over the next two weeks
Lakeview's Annabelle Minneman watches her ride at Cedar Creek Golf Course during Friday's Spartan Invitational. (Photo: Bill Broderick / Battle Creek Enquirer)
The golf season for girls is already in full swing, as one of the MHSAA autumn sports can start in addition to tennis for boys and cross-country skiing.
It was important that there was no delay for the season as girls' golf is one of the shortest seasons of the year as teams will find out soon enough if they have what it takes to make some noise in the postseason with the regional in October 5-10 and the state final on 16.-17. October. Battle Creek will host the Division 3 finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course this year, with Division 1 and Division 4 in Michigan State and Division 2 in Grand Valley State.
Here is a look at the girls' golf teams in the region:
Trainer: Cindy Kerridge (15th season)
Last year: Fourth in the Interstate 8 conference; took sixth place in the region
Top returnees: Lauren Reed (sr.), Marlene Bussler (sr.), Sydney Kadlub (sr.), Jordanne rris
outlook: Harper Creek brings back one of the best golfers in town as senior Lauren Reed was the 2019 All-City Match medalist and finished runner-up in regional competitions. With returning varsity players adding depth of quality to the Beavers and seniors Marlene Bussler and Syndey Kadlub, Harper Creek should be able to battle for a top spot in the league in 2020 and could battle for a state qualifying spot.
Trainer: John Petzko (11th season)
Last year: Third in the Interstate 8 conference
Top returnees: Taylor Musselman (jr.), Anissa Stevens (jr.), Alexis Musselman (sr.), Ashley Drzewicki (jr.), Katie Kimble (jr.)
Outlook: With a strong group of returnees, Coldwater is hoping for a championship and a place in the state tournament. Sisters Taylor Musselman, one of the top juniors in the area, and Alexis Musselman, a senior, are both coming back to lead the group, as are juniors Anissa Stevens, Ashley Drzewicki and Katie Kimble, who all spent a year in college -Installation provided.
Trainer: Thurman Walters (1st season)
Last year: N / A
Top returnees: Allie Hirzel (sr.), Ashley Miller (sr.), Lauryn Jerke (jr.), Mariah Johnson (sr.), Ella Ezbenko (so.), Kiley King (jr.)
Outlook: Thurman Walters is taking over the girls' program at Gull Lake after coaching the boys for the Blue Devils for the past three seasons. Senior Allie Hirzel leads an established group that includes Seniors Mariah Johnson and Ashley Miller. Underclassmen Lauryn Jerke and Annie Betts will take big strides and could be the top scorers on a team that feels they have the depth to qualify for the state tournament.
Lakeview's Alexa Thurman hits the green during Friday's Spartan Invitational at Cedar Creek Golf Course. (Photo: Bill Broderick / Battle Creek Enquirer)
Trainer: Dave Ouellette (2nd season)
Last year: Second in the SMAC East
Top returnees: Annabelle Minneman (see above), Sydney Ross (see above), Payton Stitt (see above), Alexa Thurman (see above)
outlook: Lakeview seems young but very talented as the Spartans could take a step in the conference behind a strong second class that seems ready to take the next step. Sophomores Annabelle Minneman, Sydney Ross and Alexa Thurman have college experience and should be consistent goalscorers for the Spartans. Grace Cherney, another sophomore, is new to the program and has the potential to fit right into the top tier. Lakeview will also reach out to Senior Payton Stitt to take the lead.
Trainer: Phillip Murphy (1st season)
Last year: N / A
Top returnees: Josie Hilton, Alexis Chamberlin and elia Barroso
Outlook: After Dick Hamilton retired from the program after 40 years as head coach, Marshall will have a fresh start in all aspects of the team. Phillip Murphy takes over the running of the girls 'program after leading the boys' team for six years. There are no returnees from last year's Marshall state qualifying team as the entire squad will play varsity golf for the first time.
Bill Broderick can be reached at email@example.com or 269-966-0678. Follow him on Twitter: @billbroderick