Berkley High golf season comes to a close

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published June 14, 2016

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The Berkley High boys golf team entered the postseason with some added pressure.

First was the Division 1 district tournament May 25 at Huron Meadows. The Bears made the cut, taking the sixth and final qualifying spot by two strokes.

“I think a lot of teams didn’t give us a chance,” coach Scott Baltes said.

A week later came the regional tourney; the Bears finished 12th, ending their year.

The coach said he was proud of the way his squad responded to the adversity, which included missing two regular starters, and the way players who hadn’t seen much time in the starting lineup stepped up their games to contribute.

Baltes called the team’s run in the postseason the highlight of the year.

He also pointed to sophomore Jake Radom’s performance in the regional, but more for the way he handled himself.

Radom shot a 77, missing the state final as an individual by a single stroke. Baltes noted that five putts on the last six holes lipped out of the cup, but that Radom never let the near misses get the best of him.

“I have a lot of respect for Jake,” Baltes said. “When parents came up to me afterwards and told me they had fun watching a kid from Berkley play, that made me feel good. Afterwards, I told him, ‘We have unfinished business.’”

Berkley finished 10-3 overall and 3-3 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Baltes said there were two matches in league play that he thought got away from his team, but that the year was a success.

“We had a great season. I learned a lot about some young kids that really stepped up and improved,” he said. “It was a fun season.”

He also feels that the future is bright. With only one senior on the roster, the vast majority of the team is expected back, along with some talented players from the JV squad.

“There’s going to be eight players fighting for six spots,” the coach said. “Our JV went 10-1 this year. My JV team had never had a winning record. There’s a reason for that — I schedule it really hard so that they all get better. This year, they all stepped up.”

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