By: John Raffel
Rockford golfers relish second place
It was second place this season, but Rockford boys golf coach Joel Siegel makes no hesitation on saying what a definite goal is for next year’s squad at the state finals: First place.
Rockford had an impressive performance at the state finals with a squad that will have some key personnel back for next season.
In the Division 1 state finals at Grand Valley State University in early June, Rockford took second place with rounds of 312 and 305 for 617. Grosse Pointe South had a pair of 299s for 598.
“We knew Grosse Pointe South was going to be very tough to beat,” Siegel said. “With that being said, we knew if we played well we could give them a run for their money.
Second was the best finish in Rockford boys golf history,
Kevin Healey was the No. 3 golfer overall with a pair of 73s for 146. Also for the Rams, Daniel Froumis had 78 and 73 for 151, Oliver Haeberle had a 74 and 79 for 153 and Nathan Barton had an 87 and 81 for 168.
“Kevin Healey has kind of been our No. 1 all year long,” Siegel said. “Oliver Haeberle has been playing consistently for us all year. Daniel Froumis got off to a rough start and it took some work to get to where he played in the regionals and state finals. Those three guys carried us to the state finals.
“Kevin and Danny are really good drivers of the golf ball. They hit the ball a long way,” Siegel said. “They top that off with good short iron play. All three of them are consistent and big strong kids. They drive the ball really well. It’s a very competitive division. We had a lot of strong freshmen who played a majority of the year for us.”
Several players compete year round, Siegel said.