By Max De Leeuw
After dusting the snow off of its golf clubs, the Grand Rapids Community College golf team took seventh place in the mix of 13 teams at the Goose Pond Colony Invitational in Scottsboro, Ala.
By the end of the tournament, the Raiders ended with a +53. Jared Multer lead the team, shooting 9-over-par.
“I was pretty pleased with the way we played in our first tournament in Alabama,” head coach Bruce VandenBeldt said. “Many of the teams there were from warm weather climates and were in the middle of their spring seasons.”
For the most part, the team’s practice has consisted of hitting golf balls from the heated booths of the Maple Hill golf course.
“We are ranked fifth in the country,” said VandenBeldt, “and I think what we found out is that once we can get playing, we can compete with the top teams in the country.”
The team consists of six freshmen and six sophomores. Three of the sophomores, Jared Multer, Tony Conaway, and David Thompson, will be going on to Division I schools in the following year.
“This is probably one of the more talented teams we have had in a few years, and they are really looking forward to getting their season started,” VandenBeldt said.
The next tournament is scheduled for April 11 at the Ancilla Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. Then beginning at 10 a.m. on April 14 if the weather is okay, the Raiders will host a tournament at Egypt Valley Golf Course.