CALEDONIA — The up and coming Red Raiders finished atop the heap at the Section V Class D Championships, as eighth-grader Tyler Koch paced Cal-Mum to its first sectional title in program history.
Koch shot a low round of 43 to help the Raiders to the championship, 189-204, over LCAA foe Geneseo. Sophomore Aidan McKay came through with a solid round of 46 in the final, while junior Mitch Mattice finished with a 49. Sophomore Matt Skidmore shot 51 for C-M, while Geneseo was led by a 49 from Jason Hammond.
“He has really played well in our big matches,” said Cal-Mum head coach Mike Reed of Koch. “When he comes in with a low 40 or high 30 it sets the tone for us. He’s been doing it all year and did it again today.”
In the semifinal, C-M defeated Pavilion, 183-222. Koch earned medalist honors with a 41, while Mattice added a 44 and MacKay carded a 47. Freshman Colton Ingerick shot 51 to round out the Raiders’ scoring, while Jacob Taylor led Pavilion with a 49.
The Raiders entered the season as a relative unknown with only two players carrying with them any semblance of varsity experience. By season’s end, Cal-Mum rallied its way to a Livingston Conference Division III Title and now a Sec. V block.
“This has been one of the hardest working teams that I have ever had,” said C-M head coach Mike Reed about his squad. “These kids come to the course on their own time, they play whenever they can get on the course. If they can’t play then they are at the range. Each member of the team dropped their scoring average as the season progressed. They put the time in to become better golfers, that is why we were successful.”