Eleven area golf teams, eight individuals, ready for regionals after district success

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A total of 11 area high school boys’ golf teams, as well as eight individual golfers, did well enough in last week’s district tournaments to advance to regionals.LSJ Logo incert

The teams that advanced to regionals are Mona Shores (Division 1); Ludington and Spring Lake (Division 2); Shelby and Montague (Division 3); and North Muskegon, Muskegon Catholic, Western Michigan Christian, Hesperia and Fruitport Calvary Christian (Division 4).

All 11 teams finished in the top six of their district tournaments to advance, North Muskegon won a Division 4 district championship with a score of 320.

The eight individual golfers who advanced are Trevor Fowler (Reeths-Puffer, Division 1), Zach Petroski (Reeths-Puffer, Division 1), Ian DeVlieg (Whitehall, Division 2), Austin Randolph (Fruitport, Division 2), Isaiah Toelle (Whitehall, Division 2), Chase Freeland (Kent City, Division 3), Matt Russel (Ravenna, Division 3) and Tanner Gardenour (Ravenna, Division 3).

The individual golfers all advanced by finishing in the top six among competitors on teams that didn’t qualify for regional play.

Mona Shores’ Graham Lillibridge, Spring Lake’s Nick Krueger and Muskegon Catholic’s Collin Powers each won individual championships in their respective district tournaments.

All qualifiers will compete in regionals this week with a chance to qualify for the state finals.

In Division 1, Mona Shores finished with a score of 326, which was 15 strokes behind district champion Rockford. The Sailors were led by Graham Lillibridge, who finished first overall in the district with 73 strokes.

Reeths-Puffer’s Fowler finished seventh overall in the district with an 80 while Petroski finished 35th overall with a 91.

The Mona Shores team and the Reeths-Puffer individuals will compete in regionals on Friday.

In Division 2, Ludington finished third overall in District 11 with a score of 328. The Orioles were led by Chase Lakari, who finished third overall in the individual standings with a 76.

Spring Lake finished sixth in District 13 with a scored of 356. The Lakers’ Nick Krueger won the individual district title with a 72.

DeVileg of Whitehall finished fifth overall with an 80 while teammate Toelle finished 21st with a 90. Randolph of Fruitport finished 11th with an 85.

Ludington will participate in regionals on Thursday while Spring Lake and the individuals from Whitehall and Fruitport will compete on Wednesday.

In the Division 3 district in Big Rapids, Shelby finished second with a 342 while Montague finished third with a 387.

Shelby was led by Keaton Inglis with a 78 and Chris McConnell with an 80. Inglis finished third overall while McConnell finished fifth.

Gardenour of Ravenna finished in seventh place with an 84 while teammate Russel finished 20th with a 97. Freeland of Kent City finished in 23rd place with a 99.

Shelby and Montague, along with the individual qualifiers, will compete in regionals on Thursday.

In Division 4, North Muskegon finished first with a 320, followed by Muskegon Catholic with 331. Western Michigan Christian finished third with a 352, Hesperia took fourth with 419 and Fruitport Calvary Christian finished sixth with a 453.

North Muskegon had four golfers finish among the top 10. Gannon Moss finished third with a 75, Will Mierz was fourth with a 77 while Connor McEvoy and Brenden Harris each finished eighth with scores of 84.

Muskegon Catholic was paced by Collin Powers, who won the district title by shooting a 74, along with Chase Mastell, who finished sixth individually with an 81.

Western Michigan Christian had one top 10 finisher in Chandler Breit, who took fifth with a 79.

The Division 4 regional qualifiers will compete on Wednesday.

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