The boys JV golf team goes 1-3 in its first four matches of the season


As Spring sports pick up, the boys JV golf team is in full swing to start off the season. So far, the team has played against Lowell, Grand Rapids Christian, East Grand Rapids, and Greenville, coming out strong in each match.

We are a young team in terms of golf experience; almost half of our players just started playing golf in the past two or three years,” head coach Bill Alexander said.

With lots of new talent on the team, the team wasn’t sure what to expect this season. Despite battling hard, the team sits at a 1-3 record with its lone win against Greenville. 

On April 11, the team started the season against Lowell at Morrison Lake Golf Club. The boys had a very strong showing in their first competition, with athletes such as Lorenzo Valdiserri shooting a clean 45 to help the score. The Rangers battled hard but lost in a close match-up against the Red Arrows. 

“A few of us matched up decently with Lowell and stood a chance, but they played really well that day,” sophomore Luke Stiles said.

Next up, on April 14, the team traveled to Thornapple Pointe to go up against Grand Rapids Christian. Once again, the boys were faced with a tough challenge, and, sadly for them, they fell short. Although the team lost its first two matches out of the gate, it would take one more golf match for the team to get into the swing of things.

April 18 came around, and the team hoped to beat one of their biggest rivals at home: EGR. With home course advantage and everything, the team was hoping to pull off the win. At the end of the day, though, the team fell a tad short and EGR took the win.

Following three tough losses, the team pulled out a smooth win against the Greenville Yellowjackets on April 20, and the team’s luck finally turned around. This leaves the team at a 1-3 record for the season, as well as room for improvement going forward. 

“We did well overall. All the players contributed to the team. Just a few hiccups here and there,” freshman Sammy Rabideau said.

The team plays again on Thursday, April 20, at home for the FHC JV Golf Invite. With excitement brewing after the Rangers’ first victory of the season, it should be interesting to see how the boys respond to more expectations. 

“We are a young team in terms of golf experience.  Almost half of our players just started playing golf in the past 2-3 years.  That being said, they all have the potential to be really good,” coach Alexander said.