Cardinals’ first MHSAA match ‘pretty monumental’ for boys golf program | Sports

Johannesburg-Lewiston junior PJ Bucy said he was nervous because he had never played a round of golf quite like that one before.

The Cardinals’ boys golf team opened the season by playing in a four-team North Woods Golf Conference match Wednesday at Wildwood Lakes Golf Course in Wolverine.

The outing marked the first-ever MHSAA-sanctioned round in school history for J-L, which was an independent club a year ago.

“That’s the first time I got to compete with someone other than my friends,” Bucy said. “When I first went out, I was a little nervous, but I got to talking with the competitor from Wolverine I got to go one-on-one against, and I got to see how he played, and he got to see how I played, and then I calmed down. That was fun.”

Freshman Joey Chrencik led the Cardinals by carding 16-over-par 51 to finish in second place in his very first high school match.

J-L’s Max Roberts shot 68, while Bucy and Bush each recorded 69s.

Wolverine’s Collin Olds was 11-over to become the medalist.

“This is an accomplishment in itself,” said J-L coach Curt Chrencik, who helped start the program last spring. “Mark Peppin and I both took the kids up there. Just knowing we got this program rolling and have kids involved is exciting.

“Most of these kids wouldn’t be playing any other sports right now or be involved in other things, so getting them out here is key and so is getting them experience in the game. It’s pretty monumental, and we just look at it like a way to get the kids out playing golf.”

Rogers City and the Alanson/Pellston co-op team also sent individual golfers to compete in the conference opener.

When the Cardinals started their program a year ago, they played an abbreviated schedule with matches at Treetops North.

That will be their home course this season as well.

“I think it’s an awesome thing that we’re into (the MHSAA) this year, and we can…

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