by Angie Asam–Staff Writer
The weather has finally started to cooperate with spring sports teams a bit better. The Rogers City golf team has enjoyed a couple of nice weather days to finally practice and prepare.
Tuesday the Hurons hosted their only home meet of the year. With Mancelona, Alanson/Pellston, Inland Lakes, Gaylord St. Mary and Wolverine in town, it was a beautiful day for golf.
According to Rogers City coach Jon Hoydic the course was in great shape for early season and his kids took advantage.
Senior Justin Robin led the way with a 44, good for fourth overall. It was Robin’s lowest score of the year. “Justin has an enviable determination to improve every day and it was great to see him put a solid round together and compete the way I know he can,” said Hoydic. Senior Bailey Budnik had a 46 good for fifth overall.
“Sophomores Jacob Pilarski and Jordon Fleury both took major strides forward in their respective games. Jacob improved 10 strokes from his last match posting a 57 and Jordon bettered his previous score by seven with a 62. Watching those two commit to improve day after day and put in the necessary work to compete is amazing to be around,” said Hoydic.
The Hurons had a team score of 210, good for third overall. Alanson/Pellston won the meet with 188 while Mancelona had 201, good for second place.
Jordan Hurst of Inland Lakes shot a 37, just two over par, to finish first as an individual.
Last Wednesday the Hurons were at Indian River Country Club. “The day was filled with ups and downs. For one, it was great to bring four healthy golfers and know that we would be competing for team points. Throughout the day we dealt with a lot of inconsistencies that come from just not having been able to play very much. Before this match we had only been able to practice outside four times,” said Hoydic.
Budnik led the way with a 46, the lowest individual score on the day. Robin was fifth overall with a 51.
“It is a difficult course and it’s really easy to get into trouble. To have those two shoot as well as they did, with as little authentic practice as they had, was very impressive,” said Hoydic
Pilarski shot a 67 and Fleury added a 69 as the Hurons were fourth with 233.
The Hurons are at Hidden River Golf Club in Alanson Tuesday and will be at Cheboygan next Thursday for the Cheboygan Invitational.