Boys golf: DeWitt cruises in Division 2 district victory

Boys golf: DeWitt cruises in Division 2 district victory

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Boys golf: DeWitt cruises in Division 2 district victory

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After compiling a 332 in its league meet on Monday at Eagle Eye, DeWitt went lower on Wednesday in their Division 2 district.

The Panthers shot a team score of 299 at The Emerald, winning by 15 shots over closest challenger East Lansing.

“It was a lot of fun today,” DeWitt coach Dave Koenigsknecht said. “It was great watching the boys and seeing them make some putts and hearing that everyone was playing well,” “We played about as well as we could play.”

That included Mike Coscarelli, who turned in his lowest 18-hole score of the year with a 75. Owen Beyer and Geoffry Croley were two of five players to finish with the lowest individual score at 73. Cody White rounded things out with a 78.

The Panthers were able to cut a 79 from Josh Tempelman.

“I was surprised a little bit, but golf is like that,” Koenigsknecht said of how his team bounced back after finishing fourth on Monday behind Owosso, Haslett and St. Johns. “I told the guys going up there you can all shoot 75 up there if you just keep it in play off the tee. They know this course pretty well now after playing it a couple times this year and having been on it as kids. They’re pretty comfortable.”

East Lansing finished second with a 314, followed by two of DeWitt’s CAAC Red challengers in St. Johns and Haslett.

Joe Croom led the Trojans with a 75. Ian Carroll and Logan Wilcox were close behind with rounds of 77 and 79, respectively. Matt Rogerson and Paul Gagnier each contributed 83s.

St. Johns identifies The Emerald as its home course and it used that advantage to move on to regionals.

Freshmen Zach Rosendale and Eric Nunn tied for the low individual score with 73s.

“I don’t think I’ll see the nerves because they play so much competitive AJGA golf in the summer,” St. Johns coach Paul Sternburgh said of his two young players. “They’re used to top-level competition. It might be a little bit more because this is a new venue for them that they aren’t used to. It’s a one and done versus a summer tournament where you finish fourth in one tournament but you’ve got another one tomorrow. This is a do it or go home situation so that might put a little stress on them, but I think they’ll handle it well.”

Haslett took fourth with a team score of 318.

Marc Varlesi was part of the five-way tie for medalist honors with a 73.

Lakewood (339) and Charlotte (361) grabbed the final two regional team qualifying spots.

Six individual spots were also up for grabs for the six teams that did not advance to regionals. Fowlerville’s Austin Garrison, Waverly’s Zach Beavers and Ionia’s Will Talbot all moved on.

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