Big Rapids Looks to Win 1st State Title Since 2008
BIG RAPIDS – After consecutive top-three finishes at the MHSAA Division 3 state finals, the Big Rapids boys golf program is looking to break through this spring.
Winners of the 2008 Division 3 state championship and with three runner-up finishes to its credit, Big Rapids is currently ranked second in the latest Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association state poll.
“We came in third two years ago in 2016, and then last year we were runners-up,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said. “It’s one spot we still want, so we’re going to work hard and see if we can put ourselves in position to win that state championship this year.”
Big Rapids had to replace just one member of last year’s runner-up group with the graduation of Tait Morrissey.
“It’s really nice to have four of us back, and hopefully we’ll improve so we’re better this year,” senior Ben Fath said. “I would say we have really good chemistry. It’s a great group of young guys out here just trying to grind it out every day.”
With winter weather disrupting practices and contests throughout northern Michigan during the first month of the spring season, the Cardinals were forced to improvise and practice indoors.
“We spend a lot of time working on swings inside,” Posey said. “We spend a lot of time putting and chipping on carpet, which isn’t’ always the greatest, but then we do spend a lot of time talking course management and talking, you know, golf rules, so that when we do get outside they have a good background about what we expect out of them and how to play.”
“The weather’s hurt us,” added junior Pierce Morrissey. “Well it’s hurt the whole state, so everybody’s kind of sitting in the same place right now.”
With regional tournaments set to begin in a month, Big Rapids has little time to prepare.
“We need to be better if we want to win a state championship, but we’re taking steps in the right direction,” senior Fletcher Bolda said. “It would be awesome. I mean, for us as a team, that’s our final goal every year… we’re looking at first place or nothing, you know, we want to win that championship.”
Big Rapids continues Central State Activities Association play Tuesday at Fremont.