All season, Holt girls golf coach Doug Harkema said he wanted to see where his team that consisted of no senior starters would be at the end of the year before looking on to what could be in 2013.
The Rams gave a good indication that they will be primed for a run next season with their performance at the MHSAA Division 1 state tournament last weekend.
Holt finished 14th out of 15 teams with a two-day score of 761 at Forest Akers East in East Lansing, but to get to the state tournament was an accomplishment considering what the Rams had lost coming into the season.
“I told them at the beginning, I said at least there’s not going to be any tears because there’s not going to be any seniors playing their last high school round,” Harkema said.
The most experienced golfer on the Rams roster showed it, as junior Pader Her shot rounds of 77 and 75 to finish in third individually with a two-day score of 152.
Her was just four shots behind medalist Kelsey Murphy of Plymouth, who also won the state championship as a team with a two-day score of 659.
“She wanted to win the thing obviously,” Harkema said of Her. “She really didn’t play as well as she’s played in the last two or three weeks, but third is pretty good, so I thought she hung in there pretty good.”
Katie Harmer had a Saturday final round of 95 for the Rams while Jenna Whitson and Alexxis VanPelt carded rounds of 100 and 110, respectively for Holt.