Greenhills 10th, Saline 11th after first day of golf state finals
The Saline High School golf team is in 11th place, 19 strokes off the lead, and Pioneer senior Nick Margolis is 15th in the individual standings after the first day of the Division 1 state golf finals at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale.
Jackson Lambert's 4-over-par 76 led the Hornets to a 315 team total. Battle Creek Lakeview is atop the team standings with a 296. Traverse City West (299) and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (300) follow.
“All in all today, we played not as well as we have been,” Saline coach Debbie Williams-Hoak said. “We shot a little higher than we usually do, and I feel that we threw some shots away. ... We get to come back (Saturday) and, hopefully, we can play better and stay under control emotionally.”
Margolis, an individual qualifier, shot a 3-over-par 75. Matt Garland of Battle Creek Lakeview leads at 3-under 69.
“I played pretty solid,” Margolis said. I made a couple of mistakes out there, but I was able to give myself some birdie chances. I was able to set myself up for some straight putts, and I was able to knock some of them down.”
Skyline sophomore Conor Lang, the first golfer in school history to play in the finals, shot a 77.
“I think I played pretty well,” Lang said. “I had two bad holes and 16 good ones, so that’s not too bad."
Chelsea's Mason Wagner, an individual qualifier, is tied for 20th place after shooting a 77 in the first round in Big Rapids.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood shot a 299, good for a 12-stroke lead over second-place DeWitt.
Greenhills is in 10th place, 36 strokes behind leader Kalamazoo Hackett, at the Division 4 state finals at Forest Akers West in East Lansing.
Lake Leelanau St. Mary, Saginaw Nouvel and Auburn Hills Oakland Christian are all within five strokes of Hackett after the opening round.