By Calli Newberry
The BWAC golf teams finished their fourth conference match last night at Lakeview Hills in Lexington, home of the Croswell-Lexington Pioneers.
For the Almont Raiders – who won each of the previous three competitions with consistent improvement – Tuesday would be a test of their resilience.
They had just won Monday’s match at the Timberwood Golf Club in Ray, hosted by Armada, with a season-low team score of 173. Sophomore Manny Goldstein led Almont with the lowest score anyone in the league had seen all season, shooting a 38.
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But last night, Goldstein and senior Kaden Steinbrink were unable to compete, so head coach Mark Bone decided to bring up sophomore Jerry Schurig and senior Haden LaCavera.
Bone said Lakeview Hills is always one of the tougher courses for his athletes to compete on, and that combined with missing two members of his usual varsity lineup posed a challenge for his team to overcome. Led by sophomore Cameron Bourdeau, however, the Raiders managed to stay at the top of the conference, winning with a team score of 182.
North Branch and Richmond tied for second with 191, Cros-Lex finished fourth with 200, narrowly edging Armada in fifth with 201, and Yale was sixth with 210.
Bourdeau, who shot a 45 to tie for the fourth yesterday, showed tremendous resilience to shoot a 40 last night, taking his third individual conference victory of the season.
Richmond’s Maxwell Tyler, a junior, finished second with his best round of the season, shooting a 45. Cros-Lex sophomore Braylon Anson took advantage of playing his home course, tying for third with his best score of the season as well, shooting a 45. He tied with Almont senior Josh Fuller.
Four different athletes, each from a different school, tied for fifth to round out the top finishers, each shooting a 46: Richmond junior Blake Radjewski, Almont senior Garrett Earegood, Armada sophomore Aidan Roberts, and North Branch junior Trey Hebberd.
Bone said playing with a smile and confidence has been the difference for his team, saying he often watchings the players’ strides and actions in between swings more than the swings themselves. His team doesn’t lack talent or technique, but rather it’s a matter of bringing the right mindset to the course each day.
While Almont currently leads the BWAC, North Branch sits in second after taking second twice and third twice in conference play. Last night’s match was the closest the Broncos have been to the Raiders, and they will look to narrow the gap even further on Monday, May 16, for the fifth league competition of the season at Castle Creek Golf Club in Attica, hosted by Imlay City.