Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press, September 16, 2011 7:11 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS — Kim Morris has been waiting four years for all aspects of her golf game to come together at the same time.
On Friday afternoon, the Grandville senior’s diligence came to fruition.
Morris fired a career-low 6-over-par 78 to earn medalist honors in the 29th annual Russ Johnsen Invitational at Gracwil Golf Course.
Morris, who defeated Muskegon Catholic Central’s Aya Johnson by one shot, never had broken 80 before Friday. She bettered her previous low round by an astounding eight strokes.
“I feel like I’ve improved throughout all four years that I have played, and I feel like I definitely worked at it and had the potential to do it,” Morris said. “It was just a matter of having everything work together and fit, and everything was going well today.
“I putted really well, and I got on the greens in regulation on almost every hole. My goal for this year was to shoot 85, and I went well below that. It was exciting.”
Morris is a four-year varsity player, and Grandville coach Amy Jacobs said her dazzling round was well deserved.
“She has been wanting to shoot this low all season, so I’m excited that it came for her — she played out of her mind,” Jacobs said. “She worked hard all week on putting, but her strong points today were off the tee and in the fairway. She’s very humble, but she should be extremely proud of herself.”
Forest Hills Eastern continued its dominance by winning the 20-team event for the third year in a row and fourth time in the past five years.
The Hawks, ranked No. 3 in Division 3, shot a 349 to claim the overall championship.
NorthPointe Christian (356) had the low round among Division 4 teams and placed second behind FHE.
Grandville won Division 1 with a 360, and Forest Hills Central (363) took top honors in Division 2.
“This is a fun course to play because there is no sand and no water,” FHE coach Brian Telzerow said. “The girls get excited about playing this course and they played well (today). It was fun to be able to repeat as overall champions, but we have some room for improvement.”
Junior Jordan Duvall led the Hawks with an 80 and tied for third overall. Freshman Henna Singh shot an 84 and junior Anne Parlmer had an 88.
“It feels really good knowing that our team can pull off such a big event with a win,” Duvall said. “The last event we won was the Kent County Classic, and we wanted to have another run at an invitational to show who we are.
“Our team is full of great hitters and very consistent players. This course always sets up extremely well for us.”
West Catholic’s Libby Schichtel shot a personal-best 81 to place fifth, and NorthPointe Christian’s Monica Koert and Mallory Andor each shot 82 to tie for sixth.
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- GR Forest Hills Eastern–349
- GR NorthPointe Christian–356
- St. Joseph–361
- GR Forest Hills Central–363
- GR West Catholic–373
- GR Kenowa Hills–382
- Spring Lake–390
- Comstock Park–397
- East Kentwood–397
- GR Christian–398
- East Grand Rapids–406
- GR Catholic Central–435
- GR Northview–450
- Muskegon Catholic Central–X
- Stanton Central Montcalm–X
- Morgan DeBoer–104
- Cenovia Collins–109
- Kierra Tate–114
- Kaitlyn O’berry–126
Statistics Reported: Nate Peacock, freshman, Multimedia Productions Class