NorthPointe Christian senior Amelia Gonzalez is averaging 85 for 18 holes for a deep and talented Mustangs squad, which qualified for the Division 4 state meet for a 10th straight season. (Greg Chrapek | Advance Newspapers)
GRAND RAPIDS The NorthPointe Christian girls golf team has put together enough depth to enjoy an impressive season this fall.
Coach Tom Koert's squad has placed fourth or better in its first six tournaments and emerged in second place at the Division 4 regionals in Kalamazoo with a 365 team score, 14 strokes behind first-place Kalamazoo Hackett. The performance qualified NorthPointe for the state finals.
We are a small school and are normally in the OK Silver Conference, Koert said. There's not enough teams in the Silver for a competitive conference, so we play up in the OK Blue Conference. That includes a lot of larger schools, including Spring Lake, which has won the state title three years in a row in Division 3. But we finished second place to Spring Lake in the conference. I was thrilled with that.
All six of his girls were all-conference or all-conference honorable mention.
That shows our depth, Koert said. I'm proud of that. When you can get the whole team in the top 16 in the conference, it says a lot about your depth.
At regionals, junior Annelies Kraayeveld had an 88, followed by freshman Sabrina Langerak (91), junior Emily Clementz (92), senior Amelia Gonzalez (94), and senior Mikayla Bosma (104).
Gonzalez has been a team leader and has been averaging 85 for 18 holes.
After that, it's kind of ironic, but it's pretty much the whole team close together, Koert said.
The other girls, Kraayeveld (97), sophomores Elizabeth Nymeyer (98), and Lauren Slottke (98), and senior Mikayla Bosma (98) are averaging under 100.
It's a good team and I can't imagine there's another team in the Grand Rapids area carrying that many girls under a 100 average, Koert said.
Another girl, sophomore Madeline Scott is out with a wrist injury.
We have to maintain a team and individual focus in not beating ourselves, Koert said. We have to have good course management.
The success his team has had, is a real tribute to girls who trust me and other things, Koert said. We've gone to the state finals as a team 10 years in a row. Our golf program is only 12 years old. We've been a consistent good team in Kent County. For a small school, I'm proud of that.