Ram golfers prevail with school record 144

Wednesday, May 12, was destined to be a tough match for the Rockford Rams varsity golfers. Grandville was the only team that had defeated them in the OK Red this season. Rockford’s record in league was 15-1 and Grandville’s was 14-0.

David Keller tees off in his first varsity start of the 2010 season.

To say that the Rams stepped up is an understatement. The Rams turned in a sizzling school record of 144 (+4) ahead of Grandville (155) and Jenison (160). On a cloudy 55-degree day, seniors Sam Gallup (35), Trent Davison (35), Jake Chaffee (36), and Eric Conroy (38) stepped up in a spectacular way on the front nine at BraeSide Golf Club in Rockford. The nine-hole total of 144 set the nine-hole record for Rockford High School, and the Rams are very proud of their performance. The Rams still have battles ahead to achieve a conference championship, but this round should really catapult their confidence.

Due to a rainout, the OK Red match hosted by Rockford was rescheduled and played at Cedar Chase Golf Club on Friday, May 14. The Rockford Rams met the Hudsonville Eagles for a match on the par-36 front nine. The Rams prevailed by a tally of 146 (+2) to Hudsonville’s 167.

Davison (34) and Gallup (35) both turned in under-par performances and were supported by Steven Mette’s 38 and Conroy’s 39. The Eagles were consistent, with no score over 42. This is the second time this week the Rams have broken the 150 mark.

Rockford hosted their own invitational at BraeSide Golf Club on Saturday, May 15 under great conditions—62 degrees and sunny with a light wind. For one of the few days so far this season, the weather was very comfortable.

The Rams put up a great fight, but lost by one to Forest Hills Central, 291-290. The medalist of the tournament was Rockford’s Davison, who fired a one-under-par 69. Also scoring for the Rams were Gallup with a 72, Mette with a 73, and 77’s by Conroy and Chaffee.

On Wednesday, May 19, the OK Red post-conference tournament was hosted by Hudsonville at Sunnybrook Country Club. Coming into the day, the Rams had a one-point lead on Grandville, and at the end of the day they were tied. Rockford and Grandville are co-champions of the OK Red boys golf season for 2010.

The tournament was held in perfect conditions on a beautifully manicured layout. The Rams got off to a very shaky start, but managed to post a solid 308 behind the two-under-par 70 turned in by Davison. Davison tied for first on the day, but was defeated by Jonathan LaRue of Grandville in a sudden death playoff.

Also scoring for the Rams were Chaffee with a 78, Mette with a 79, Gallup 81, Jake Stephan with an 83, and Conroy 84.

The Rams’ 2010 OK Red dual/tri match record was once again undefeated. Rockford ended their OK Red season with an overall record of 26-2, only being defeated by Grandville in the pre- and post-season tournaments.

The Rockford Rams varsity golf team traveled to the East Lansing Invitational at Forest Akers West and East on Friday, May 21. The boys began their day on the golf course in the rain and cool wind, finishing fifth out of 16 teams with a total of 331.

The Rams were led by Davison, who shot 78 and tied for eighth place, and Mette, who shot 82 and tied for 23rd). The second round of this tournament was rained out.

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