By JAMES COOK firstname.lastname@example.org
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — EAST LANSING — The rebound Traverse City West hoped for happened.
In a big way.
The Titans shot the Division 1 state finals' best round — a 298 — to move up from 10th to fifth.
Suttons Bay also made a run, besting it's first-round effort by 14 strokes for the biggest improvement in Division 4.
TC Central Winton Munch placed ninth individually in Division 1, and Manistee Catholic's Zack Bialik tied for first in Division 4, but came up short in a tiebreaker. The Norsemen's Sean Lammy was sixth in D4.
"West really came back well," Central coach Dave McMellen said. "That was pretty darn good. I was pleased. Overall, a pretty good day for the north."
The Titans' big move centered around improved scores from each of its four counters on Forest Akers West at Michigan State University.
Brady Greenman led the way with a 72, improving by nine strokes over Friday's round. Payden Myers was six shots better for a 74, Cam Murray shaved three strokes off his score for a 76 and Alex Scott improved by four for a 76.
"We're just hoping there's a day-two champion," West coach Mike Schultz chuckled. "But definitely a really, really nice way to end the season.
"It's a better feeling than (Friday), for sure. It was definitely nice to see. It made for a much more enjoyable ride home."
Greenman finished off his career with a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
"That was great," Greenman said. "I was really happy when that happened."
West's 298 total Saturday was 21 shots ahead of Friday's 319.
"We played a lot better today," Greenman said. "We ended the season on a good note, event though we didn't win."
"It was nice to see those guys put a good stamp on the end of the year," Schultz said. "They could have easily thrown the towel in after (Friday). But to come back and put up the best score of the weekend shows a lot of character."
Central's Munch finished tied for ninth in Division 1 with a two-day 74-76—150.
"I told Winton, 'This door just closed, but you door fro your college career just opened,'" McMellen said to Munch, who will golf for Hope College next year. "At first, I think he was sad that this is over. I think it was on his last hole that it finally hit him. It was a little emotional there. All in all, he had a great career."
Munch parred that hole, just missing a putt for birdie that could have moved him up to sixth.
Battle Creek Lakeview won the team title on a tiebreaker with Plymouth. Both ended with scores of 601, so each team's fifth golfer settled the tie and Lakeview won by three strokes. Plymouth's Kyle Rhodes won over Walled Lake Lakeland's Alex Kleckner on the third playoff hole to decide the individual medalist.
In Division 4, Suttons Bay made a major push as well. The Norse saw a 14-shot improvement to hold on to third place.
"The seniors finished like champs today," Norse coach Todd Hursey said. "And so did everyone else. We didn't move up a position, but we felt we made a move. We definitely come away feeling good about finishing third."
Sean Lammy's 71 was the second-best D4 score of the day, and he moved into the top 10 and was awarded with a medal for his efforts.
"To move up into the top 10 and shoot a 71 on the last round of his career was a great way to go out," Hursey said.
Kalamazoo Hacket won with identical 300 scores each day on Forest Akers East at Michigan State University. Saginaw Nouvel was second, 21 shots back, and the Norse ended up at 630. Harbor Springs was 12th at 681, shooting 11 strokes better than its first round.
Devin Capron shot 75, improving by six shots, Brent Duddles carded an 80 and Eric Champan's 82 was four shots each of his first-round score.
"Brent has always been consistent for us," Hursey said. "He didn't improve much (from Friday to Saturday), but 79-80 is good for him."
Manistee Catholic's Bialik shot 71 both days of the tournament to tie with Hackett's Ted Rider, who shot 69 Saturday. Rider won on the second playoff hole with a par.
Harbor Springs was led by Bennett Langton's second-round 79 and an 982 by Stewart Bower.
Leland's Joel Sneed shot 77, Onekama's Derek Hobart 75 and Brethren's Bryson Waller 83.
In Division 2 at Grand Valley State's The Meadows, Gaylord made a push with a 332 that moved the Blue Devils out of the 15th spot and up to 12th (with a 693 total), improving by 29 shots. Petoskey shot 353 (694 total) to place 13th.
Gaylord was led by Nick Fennell's 80, an 81 from Kyle Bazzani and Anthony Tomaski's 84. Petoskey was paced by Silas Lee's 86, and 87 from Colin Green and Adam McCain's 88.
In the Division 3 finals at Battle Creek's Bedford Valley, Lansing Catholic was the state champ with a two-day total of 613, shooting a 302 in the second day to overtake Jackson Lumen Christi.
Manistee finished 12th at 666, shaving two strokes off its first-round score, and Charlevoix was 13th at 683, improving by 13 shots.
The Chippewas were led by Alex Lindeman's 81, while Noah Jeakle shot a 79 for the Rayders and Chandler Novotny had an 83. Cheboygan's Andrew Purcell shot 82 for the second straight day as an individual.