Hamilton outshoots Byron Center, Wayland to pick up wins

Walt Kaechele

In a shootout at the Railside Golf Course, it was a classic match-up between number one Hamilton playing number two Byron Center for the top honors in the OK Green League on Monday, May 4.
It was close but Hamilton prevailed by one stroke to take control of the league standings.
Three players tied for medalist honors: Grant Huizenga from Byron Center and the Carlson brothers—Nick and Zach—from Hamilton. All three shot 37s to lead the way.
The Hawkeyes had help from tennis player turned golfer Justin Folkert who came through with a 38 while teammates Nick Grifhorst and John Mitchell shot 42s and Jacob Arnold carded a 45 for a 154 total, one better than the Bulldogs’ 155.
Five days earlier, Hamilton hosted Wayland in a cross county and OK cross divisional match on Wednesday, April 29.
The weather was somewhat cooperative as the temperatures were in the mid 60s with a fairly strong wind. These were not ideal golfing conditions, but they were a far cry from the frigid wind-tossed matches played earlier.
So with the weather getting into the game, the teams did the same with both teams shooting solid scores for this time of year.
The Hawkeyes had an incredible night with three of the top four golfers tallying scores of 39 or better.
Wayland was right there with the Hawkeyes shooting scores of 45 to 40. It was as Hamilton coach Kevin Arnold said, “A beautiful night for golf.”
Nick Carlson was the medalist shooting a 36.
Wayland’s Nick Losinger, who will be playing for Spring Arbor next season, was four shots back with a 40 to lead the Wildcats.

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