Above: The Harbor Springs varisty golf team finished ninth overall at the state finals June 9-10 in East Lansing. Pictured, left to right: Cole Ketterer, Parker Fairbairn, Aaron Zmikly, Coach Pete Kelbel, Peter Tippet, Brandon Goldsmith and Cam Kennard. Below: Junior Cole Ketterer placed fourth overall during the state finals. (Courtesy photo)
The Harbor Springs Rams varsity golf team finished ninth at the Division 4 State finals, a second straight top 10 finish. The finals took place Friday and Saturday, June 9-10 at Forest Akers East golf course in East Lansing.
Junior Cole Ketterer led the Rams and finished fourth overall out of a field of 108 golfers. Ketterer shot 70-76-146 on Friday and Saturday, dropping some 29 strokes off his state finals score last year.
"Cole was as sharp as a tack playing in front of a pretty big gallery, including college coaches," head coach Pete Kelbel said.
The Rams moved from 11th place going into Saturday's round to finish ninth with a team score 352-338-690.
"They call Saturday "Moving Day" and the boys were determined to get in the top 10. I am happy for them setting their bar high" Kelbel said. "Assistant Coaches Keith Fitzpatrick and Shaun Bezilla join me in being proud of our team."
Also playing well for the Rams was senior Cam Kennard who shot 84-82-166, which was 18 strokes better than his state finals score last year.
"Cam Kennard graduates as one of the top steadiest golfers we've had after four straight years of varsity golf," Kelbel said.
"Parker Fairbairn played golf one year and fought for a spot on the final day for a career low 89. Brandon Goldsmith shot a career low 91 in his last round. Aaron Zmikly, a junior shot his lowest round and Peter Tippett played well and got invaluable experience as a freshman," the coach noted.
Clarkston Everest Collegiate took top honors with a team score 319-310-629.
Austin Fauser of Clinton took top individual honors shooting 69-70-139.