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June 16, 2013

TC West surges into 5th at golf finals

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."

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