By Ethan Pols
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team secured a second place finish with a score of 309 in the Sam Kromer Port Huron Invite on Friday, Sept. 17.
The Raiders headed to the east side of the state hoping to secure their second-straight first place finish this fall. Ultimately, the Raiders fell just short of that goal with a score of 309, just two shots behind first place.
“It was obviously good enough to get second place,” said GRCC head coach John Forton. “We were just two shots out of first place, and I think we could’ve covered that if we played a little bit better… Overall, the boys played pretty well.”
The Raiders opened conference play this weekend in Port Huron with Oakland Community College snatching the top spot from the Raiders.
“Oakland is going to be very tough,” Forton said. “They didn’t lose anyone from last year, and they have an All-American. We just need to go into spring knowing we have to work the winner here.”
The Raiders were led by redshirt-freshman Logan Templeton, who placed second individually with a score of 75, making his second invite of the season productive for the Raiders.
“It was good (performance),” Forton said. “He came back from that performance at Aquinas where he shot an 86… He is too good of a player to shoot an 86, he came back and played really well and kept it going throughout the round”
The Raiders also saw key performances from redshirt-freshman’s Arie Jackman, who placed fifth individually (76), and Davis Courtright who placed eighth (79). Redshirt-freshman Matthew Denhartigh also had a score of 79, tying him with Courtright for eighth overall. The Raiders also received a good performance from freshman Connor Oman who placed 15th individually with a score of 82.
GRCC is coming off a first-place finish at Aquinas, and they backed that up with a second place finish in Port Huron.
“We work at it pretty hard,” Forton said. “They are here every day at practice working on something… It’s the patience and the hardwork and the success of last year and years previous which puts us in the right mindset to compete and win… It’s that winning attitude.”
The Raiders seem to be firing on all cylinders to begin the season, and they will look to carry on their success from the previous invites as they head to East Lansing on Sept. 20-21 to compete in the Spring Arbor Invite.