The Big Rapids Boys’ Golf Cardinals are the Central State Activities Association Champions for

CEDAR SPRINGS — Another conference title.

When it comes to winning high school conference championships, the Big Rapids men’s golf team knows how to dominate and secure the material.

The Cardinals won the 2022 Central State Activities Association title Tuesday afternoon at Cedar Chase Golf Course in Cedar Springs. Big Rapids won it with a 351. Reed City was second with 364. Chippewa Hills was third with 373.

With that title, Big Rapids has won 16 consecutive conference championships since the league’s inception in 2004.

“We started in the conference in 2004 and have won every conference championship since,” Cardinal coach Mark Posey said. “In 2007 we didn’t have a title because of girls changing seasons and in 2020 we didn’t because of the pandemic.”

Big Rapids had an overall team score of 1,659 in the conference.

Luke Welch paced the champions with a second-place league finish and a conference score of 307.

“I’m really proud of Luke,” Posey said. “Three years in the all-conference first team and he’s played well for us.”

Kyle Schroeder’s 330 score was good for fifth place in the league for the Cardinals. Preston Younge finished in sixth place with a league score of 337.

“We have a program where kids are engaged in the program,” Posey said. “They know what they have to do to play and play well. They have worked hard in the offseason.

Reed City finished second in the conference with a team total of 1,767.

Fisher Morrison led the Coyotes with a score of 319 for third place in the league while Michael Perris’s score in the league was 352, good for ninth place in the league.

Reed City manager Chris Hanson was happy with his team.

“We also finished in second place last year,” he said. “But I’m glad we played better and had lower scores.”

Chippewa Hills clinched fourth place overall in the conference with a team score of 1,904.

Cameron Morgan led the Warriors with a score of 326, good for fourth place in the league.

For Tuesday’s tournament, BR’s Schroeder had an 83 followed by Welch (85), Ari Ziska (91), Jack Ruggles (92), Zach Steers (93) and Brendan Pippin 95.

For Chippewa Hills, Morgan had an 86 followed by David Remus (90), Justin Burch (98), Brandon Slassor (99) and Brady White (142).

Fischer Morrison had an 80 for Reed City, followed by Nick Wirgau (94), Michael Perri (95) and Evan Pullen (95).

In the final standings with 10 teams, Chippewa Hills finished fifth with 1,907.

First-team all-conference players locally are Big Rapids’ Welch, Younge, Schroeder and Jack Ruggles; Morrison and Perri from Reed City and Morgan and Remus from Chippewa Hills.

The honorable mention golfers are Steers from Big Rapids, Wirgau, Pullen and Kailing from Reed City and Slassor from Chippewa Hills.

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