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Domination: GRCC golf team wins 13th consecutive MCCAA Western Conference title with Wednesday tournament victory

May 10, 2023, ADA, Mich. – Drew Harrington led the Grand Rapids Community golf team to a GRCC Invitational win and the team’s 13th consecutive Western Conference championship on Wednesday at Egypt Valley Golf Course.

The golf team is the third GRCC team to earn a conference title this spring, following the baseball and softball squads.

"The team had specific goals to achieve during the spring season," coach John Forton said. "The student-athletes' dedication to get better every day paid off. Regardless of the obstacles, we stayed the course and it resulted in success." 

GRCC tied Muskegon Community College with a score of 327. The Raiders earned the title because GRCC's No. 4 golfer scored better than Muskegon's No. 4 golfer.

It was the final conference invitational of the year, and because GRCC finished with the lowest score of all five tournaments combined, it earned the Western Conference championship as well.

The championship marks the 22nd since 1969 for GRCC, and 13th consecutive title.

Harrington shot a 78 and earned Western Conference medalist by finishing with the lowest score in all five conference tournaments.

Conner Oman, who earned All-MCCAA honors on Monday, shot an 81 to finish in fourth place.

Brad VandenHout, 83; Ty Marchlewski, 85; and Sam Foss, 87; rounded out the Raiders’ golfers.

The team now sets its eyes on its ninth regional title as it competes in the three-round tournament May 15 and 16 at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.  

This story was reported by Ben Brown.