By: John Raffel
Big Rapids Golfers have high expectations heading into next season
Twins Owen and Elliot Seay are two Big Rapids golfers with very different styles on the course, but they have identical goals of hoping to help the Cardinals return to the state finals in 2019, and to win.
Owen Seay was the No. 2 golfer for Big Rapids and Elliott was No. 5. With state champion junior Pierce Morrissey, the Cardinals have their No. 1, 2 and 5 golfers returning.
“I think he tends to hit more fairways than me,” Elliot said of his twin brother. “I tend to scramble more to get my pars.”
The twins both began golfing at a young age.
A top moment for Elliot was shooting an 80 during a Central State Activities Association Golf jamboree at Spring Valley in Reed City. He shot an 86 at the conference tournament.
It was his third varsity season and his first trip to the state finals.
Owen Seay was also among the Cardinals top golfers.
“I’ve improved a lot like hitting fairways and greens compared to last year,” Seay said. “It’s both maturity and working on my game for sure.”
Chipping and putting have been among Seay’s strengths.
A versatile athlete, Seay went into the golf state finals with a definite goal.
“We have some work to do for state,” Seay said. “We’re looking to win it.”
The Cardinals tied Hanover-Horton for first but lost on the fifth tiebreaker and ultimately placed second.
Seay had a 78.3 average and 76.6 average in conference, placed 4th at Regionals, 7th overall at the D3 State Finals and 2nd overall on day one.
“He’s a hard worker, very consistent and improved so much from last year,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said.
Elliot Seay had a 90.1 average and 87.6 in conference. He was first team all-conference, and 6th overall in conference.
“He had a solid all-around game. He had good consistency, and is a hard worker,” Posey said.