EAST LANSING – The Tawas Area Golf Team welcomed the new season on Monday April 11th. The Braves were in the East Lansing Invitational, held at Eagle Eye Golf Club, where they finished 10th out of 11 teams.

“Very tough course, played from 6,400 yards, which I believe is about as long as the States last year,” head coach Paul Vainer said. “We’ve only trained away twice this year, so everyone’s short games left a bit to be desired, but that’s what we’ve got all season for.”

The team shot a 407, including a 194 on the front nine.

“Our score up front is 26 shots higher than our nine-hole average last year, while probably playing on a tougher course than anything we’ve seen last year except for the finals. ‘state,” Vainer said. “Alex Kaems hit the ball as well as he did anytime last year, but again the lack of away training impacted all of their short games.”

Vainer also highlighted other performances.

“Robert Jenkins has worked very hard this offseason, which has helped him earn a top six spot in a heavily populated team,” he said. “He actually didn’t hit the ball as well as he could, but he still hit a very solid number, 27 better than his first tournament last year, which was on a lot easier. Walker Hazen, Cody Primm, Granite Barringer and Trace Reay are very good forwards and I expect their scores to be 20 shots lower by the end of the year. They should be in the group of players competing to play in the university at every tournament this year.They were among the kids who worked hard at the Bogey Indoor Golf Center over the past two months.

Tawas will head to the Pinconning Invitational on Friday at Maple Leaf Golf Course.