Lansing Christian leads in Division 4 after opening round

The Lansing Christian boys golf team entered the weekend hungry to capture a state championship.

The Pilgrims have put themselves in position to accomplish that goal after the opening day of the Division 4 state finals.

Lansing Christian heads into Saturday atop the leaderboard after shooting a 318 on Friday at Michigan State’s Forest Akers West. The Pilgrims, who finished as the state runner-up last season, are three strokes ahead of Clarkston Everest Collegiate.

Senior Caden Kinnas is fourth on the leaderboard after shooting a 76 to lead Lansing Christian. Seniors Davis Garrett and William Combs both shot rounds of 80 and are tied for 14th.

Lansing Christian golfer Caden Kinnas works the fairway Friday, June 10, 2022, during the MHSAA Div.  4 Golf State Final at Forest Akers West in East Lansing.

The next closest team to Lansing Christian and Clarkston Everest enter Saturday is Kalamazoo Hackett, which shot a 330.

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Division 2 at The Meadows

Caleb Bond had a strong opening day to help put Williamston in the mix for a Division 2 state title.

Bond is tied for fourth on the leaderboard with his round of 73 for the Hornets, who sit in fourth in the team standings. Williamston shot a 311 and is eight strokes behind leader Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice.

Spring Lake is second with a score of 307, while Grand Rapids Christian is third with a 308.

Senior Sam Havey shot a 78 and Is 26th on the leaderboard for Williamston, while Vinny Hart is 33rd after carding a 79.

DeWitt is 11th in the team standing and shot a 332. Gunnar Stirrett had a round of 80 and is 38th overall to lead the Panthers.

Alma’s Jeffrey Sager qualified as an individual and is tied for fourth with Bond with his round of 73. Richland Gull Lake’s Bryce Wheeler is the individual leader entering Saturday after shooting a 67.

Division 1 at Katke

East Lansing sophomore Drew Miller is a stroke off the lead and paced East Lansing in the opening round at Ferris State.

Miller shot a 70, which is right behind co-leaders Ann Arbor Skyline’s Ieuan Jones and Waterford Mott’s Richie Kuhn.

Miller’s strong opening round has East Lansing in sixth in the team standings with a round of 321. Junior Ben Anderson was the other leader for the Trojans on Friday and sits in 20th place with his round of 78.

Ann Arbor Skyline is the team leader after its opening round of 296, while Detroit Catholic Central s five strokes back and sits in second place.

Division 3 at The Fortress

Bath’s Ethan Swenson is in contention for an individual state title after a strong opening round Friday in Frankenmuth.

Swenson is in a three-way tie for second on the leaderboard with his round of 72 and is a stroke behind leader Beau Brewer of Ann Arbor Greenhills.

Lakewood’s Trevor Simon is also in the top 10 on the leaderboard. Simon is tied for eighth after shooting a 75 and has helped the Vikings stand in sixth place as a team.

Lakewood shot a 326 on Friday, which is 20 strokes behind leader Ann Arbor Greenhills and within 10 strokes of the four other teams it is chasing. Drew Marquoit shot an 82 for Lakewood and is 28th on the leaderboard.

Lansing Catholic is 10th and Olivet is 18th in the team standings. Junior Sam Murphy is 24th with his round of 81 to lead Lansing Catholic.

Junior Dawson Redfield shot at 88 to pace Olivet.

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