CULVER — With two players only newly returned from their senior trip, Culver couldn’t quite find the fourth score it needed, while Plymouth turned in a new nine-hole low to edge out the Cavaliers 165-169 on their home course at Mystic Hills Wednesday.
“Our goal is to be competitive at every match. We talked about it before we got off the bus, this is a match we should win,” said Plymouth head boys golf coach Ben Waymouth. “We shot a 165 tonight; 165’s our best nine-hole round to date, so I’m pleased with that. Everybody shot 44 or better, and varsity-wise I had four guys that were low 40s.”
“We unfortunately fell four strokes short, but all of our kids, for the most part, were below average by a stroke or so, we just didn’t have anybody go a little bit lower than that,” said Culver head coach Kyle Elliott. “In the past couple rounds we’ve had some kids get down into the 30s, and if we could’ve done that tonight then maybe that would’ve swung it a little bit. But Plymouth shot a solid round with all five of their kids as well. We had a couple of our seniors away on Senior Trip, and so this is their first match back since getting back yesterday late afternoon.”
Plymouth was led by Mitch Holloway’s 40, while Nate Kolter shot 41 and Patrick Felke and Kurt Corsbie both carded 42 for the consistent Pilgrims, who improved to 3-2 in dual meets with Wednesday’s victory.
Culver was led by Zach Duplay’s round of 40, and Luke Dunfee and Trent Elliott each turned in 41, while seniors Kyle VanDePutte and Joe Paolini shot 47 and 50, respectively.
While Plymouth won the meet, both teams had something to cheer about as both showed progress heading into the weekend and beyond.
“We’re competing a lot better than we have in the past few years,” Elliott said. “I’m very pleased with our performance in the county tournament; our team average is right around 170-174… and our last three dual matches we’ve been in the 160s. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the progress.”
“Our kids are improving. Things are going in the right direction. I’m pleased overall, but I’ve impressed upon the kids that we’ve got a lot more to improve on,” said Waymouth. “We’ve got more matches ahead of us this week… We’ve got a lot of holes ahead of us this week and more chances to prove ourselves.”
“Our biggest challenge right now as a varsity crew is we’ve got to get somebody sub-40 consistently, and that’s something that’s a struggle for us right now. We’ve got five to seven to eight guys that can shoot low 40s, but we can’t find that consistent 38, 39 or even lower. We’ve got talent to do that, we’ve just got to put it together.”
• PLYMOUTH 165,
At Mystic Hills Golf Club in Culver (Par 35)
PLYMOUTH (165): Mitch Holloway 40, Nate Kolter 41, Patrick Felke 42, Kurt Corsbie 42, Jordan Wendel 44
CULVER (169): Luke Dunfee 41, Zach Duplay 40, Trent Elliott 41, Kyle VanDePutte 47, Joe Paolini 50.
Records: Plymouth 3-2, Culver 3-5
JV score: Plymouth 176, Culver 230.