On June 3, the Rockford Rams varsity golfers played a spectacular round of golf at El Dorado Golf Club in Mason, Mich. The Division I regional was hosted there by Holt High School. The field included 12 different regional qualifying teams, and six of those were ranked in the top 12 in Division I boys golf for the state of Michigan. It showed. The Rams posted a team total of 293 (+9) and tied for third. Third place is a state-qualifying position, however, they were tied with Forest Hills Central. In an interesting twist of sports fate, the Rams lost a fifth score playoff and were sent home without a team invitation to the 2010 Division I state golf tournament.
The Rams were led by seniors Trent Davison (69, first place overall), Sam Gallup (72, seventh place), Jake Chaffee (73, 11th place), and Eric Conroy (79, 43rd place). Davison has now won both the district and regional championships and will carry the Rams golf flag on to the 2010 Division I state finals at Forest Akers East at Michigan State University.
The Rams’ golf season has been a highly productive one with varsity wins at the Fremont Invitational, the Rockford Spring Classic at Cedar Chase, and a co-championship of the OK Red conference. The Rams set and broke the nine-hole school record, broke the school record for 18 holes, and only finished out of the top three in one event and that was a fifth place. The Rams varsity golf team ended with an OK Red dual record of 14-0, an overall conference record of 26-2, and an overall record of 124-14. This is the highest victory total in the last three years.
The Rams also achieved a great feat by having four of their golfers make OK Red All-Conference and one making honorable mention. They have two players in the running for All-State honors, one eligible for Academic All-State honors, and the whole team has a nice chance of making Academic All-State. While they were terribly disappointed to be left out of the 2010 state tournament, as a team they do not have anything to complain about. The Rams had a great season and with Davison carrying the Rams’ flag to the state tournament, Rockford still has a great shot at an individual state championship.
The team would like to thank all the parents for their support, BraeSide Golf Club for another highly productive season, the Athletic Department and the Sports Boosters for all of their support, local businesses for all of their help and support, and the community of Rockford for all of its support.