Allegan’s Kara Dangremond is among the players expected to compete in the M-89 Challenge.

Lynx prepares to host girls' M-89 Challenge

Jason Wesseldyk, Sports Editor

OTSEGO—Last spring, the Lynx Golf Course hosted the inaugural M-89 Challenge, pitting the boys’ teams from Otsego, Plainwell and Allegan against each other.
Now it’s the girls’ turn.

The Lynx is welcoming the girls’ teams from Otsego, Plainwell and Allegan on Monday, Oct. 6, for their own M-89 Challenge. Tee time is set for 3:30 p.m.

If the boys’ Challenge was any indication, then the girls’ version should be quite the success, according to Lynx head professional Gene Bone.

“We’ve run many golf events in the past, but it was fun and unique to have three high schools so close participating together,” Bone said. “The teams seemed to get along great and we expect the same from the girls’ event.”

Scheduled just four days after the Wolverine Conference championship and prior to the start of postseason play, the timing of the event is perfect, according to Bone.

“(The coaches) really seem to like the event,” Bone said. “It gives them a chance to play a challenging course before their regional tournament.”
There will be one change from the girls’ Challenge as compared to the boys’ event.

Rather than playing 18 holes, the teams will play nine holes.

“School time is valuable, as is golf play,” Bone said. “It’s more a decision on balance for the kids.”

Lynx general manager Jim Szilagyi believes the course provides great environment for fans to enjoy the event.

“For many who come to the Lynx for the first time, they are struck by the beauty of the property, the Kalamazoo River Valley views and how spectacular the sunsets are from the Clubhouse patio,” Szilagyi said. “From the patio it will be fun to watch the girls finish on the 18th hole, a challenging uphill par 4.”

Play is expected to wrap up between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.


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