2013-04-18 / Sports

Norse ready to defend NW title

By Mike Spencer Of The Enterprise staff

SUTTONS BAY’S boys golf team will try and defend its Northwest Conference title this spring. It has three senior returnees. From left are Brent Duddles, Sean Lammy and Eric Chapman. SUTTONS BAY’S boys golf team will try and defend its Northwest Conference title this spring. It has three senior returnees. From left are Brent Duddles, Sean Lammy and Eric Chapman. The Suttons Bay boys golf team is in the driver’s seat when it comes to experience in the Northwest Conference.

Still, coach Todd Hursey was a bit worried about how his top returning foursome was going to play yesterday in the first NW jamboree at The Briar Golf Course in Mesick. It was going to be the first day out on a course this spring.

“We have far more experience than other teams in the NW,” Hursey said. “They know everything counts and they might be stressed about posting a big number in the first league meet.”

Hursey has three seniors back from last year’s NW championship team that also finished seventh in the Division 4 state finals. They are Sean Lammy, last year’s conference medalist, Eric Chapman and Brent Duddles. Also back is sophomore Devin Capron. Senior Ryan Kratochvil, who was medalist at the conference championship a year ago, did not return.

“Sean should be our leader, but our strength will be our third and fourth scores,” Hursey said.

Lammy, an honorable mention All-Stater last season, averaged in the lows 80s for 18 holes. Chapman and Duddles averaged in the mid 80s and Capron’s average was in the uper 80s.

“We are returning a lot from a team that won the conference and finished in the top 10 at the state finals,” Hursey said. “We feel we are the favorites for the conference, district and regionals.

“And our goal is to be in the hunt at state finals.”

Although his team had yet to play golf outside, Hursey knows his guys will make up for lost time.

“It might be rough early on, but golf is a sport where those that are serious about it will spend hours and hours outside working to catch up,” Hursey said. “Our team is serious about what they can accomplish and will do whatever it takes when things clear.”

Hursey admits this spring has kept his kids and others in the county from working on their game.

“It’s been frustrating not to be outside yet,” said Hursey, who started the week hoping that his team could find some grass on campus to hit a few balls after school. “I was optimistic that last week would be the week to start practicing outdoors.

“But golf is like other spring sports, you can’t simulate how your ball is going to play. It’s just like hitting a fly ball or grounder in softball or baseball, it’s not same (in the outdoors.”)

A year ago, the county schools teed off their season in a NW jamboree. It was cold and miserable. This year’s start might be more of the same.

“I remember last year that the start was ugly, but we had been out on the course a few times before the first match,” Hursey said. “These conditions make for a good, mental test.”

As far the NW, Hursey expects Leland to have an impact. Leland players were on the St. Mary state championship co-op team last year and were not a part of the NW.

“A number of good players graduated last year, so there should be some ‘rebuilding’ in the conference,” Hursey said. “Mike O’Brien of Glen Lake, Joel Sneed and Ian Duvall of Leland will be strong individuals in the conference this year and Benzie and Kingsley should have solid teams.”

Suttons Bay Golf Schedule

April 17 @ Mesick NW jamboree
April 22 @ Kingsley NW jamboree
April 24 Suttons Bay jamboree
April 26 @ TC Central Invite
April 27 @ TC Central Invite
May 1 @ Glen Lake NW jamboree
May 3 @ Lake City Invite
May 6 @ Leland
May 10 @ Harbor Springs Invite
May 11 @ Harbor Springs Invite
May 13 @ Big Rapids Invite
May 18 @ East Lansing
May 22 NW Championship TBA

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