Reeths-Puffer wins second straight girls city golf title; Hallberg new individual champ

By Andrew Johnson
LocalSportsJournal.com

TWIN LAKE – Reeths-Puffer dominated the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association Girls City Golf Tournament for the second straight year at Stonegate Golf Club on Wednesday.

After winning in 2016 by 39 shots, the Rockets won this year by 34 shots, finishing with a score of 333.

Avery Howard chips in for eagle on No. 18 for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Jason Goorman

Following Reeths-Puffer were North Muskegon (367), Mona Shores (378), Whitehall (395), Fruitport (439) and Montague (468).

Reeths-Puffer finished with four of the top seven scores on Wednesday, with senior Karlee Hallberg taking first place overall with a score of 77.

R-P’s Avery Howard finished second with an 80. Defending city champion Karina VanDuinen finished fourth with an 84, and Abby Fansler rounded out the Rockets’ top four with a score of 92, good for seventh place.

Emma Veihl shot a 109 for Reeths-Puffer.

“It’s always fun,” said R-P Coach Chris Carter about competing in the city tournament. “For the most part I think the girls played fairly well.

“When we played in the (Mona) Shores Invite here we shot 321, and that was our school record score, so 333 is only 12 off that. I think a lot of it was putting.”

Karlee Hallberg reacts after just missing an eagle putt on 18 which was just before sinking her final putt to capture the city title for Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Jason Goorman

Hallberg, a senior who finished fourth last year, said one of her goals was to win the city title.

“I kind of struggled with hitting greens, but my putting was really good, so that helped,” Hallberg said. “It means a lot to win. I’m a senior and it was my last chance to win.

“It was one of my goals coming in, but overall my goal was to keep it in the 70’s and try to win it.”

Winning is something that the Rockets are getting used to. They’ve won all five O-K Black Conference jamborees so far this season, and have a good chance of advancing far in the upcoming state tournament.

“Right now, all five of our girls are in the top eight of the conference, so we might get all five to be all-conference,” Carter said.

Rounding out the individual top 10 on Wednesday were Abby Grevel of North Muskegon (82, third place), Lindsey Bliss of North Muskegon (84, fifth place), Riley Trygstad of Mona Shores (91, sixth place), Logan Potts of Mona Shores (94, eighth place), Jessie McFarland of Whitehall (95, ninth place) and Taylor Keessen of Mona Shores (95, tenth place).

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