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MUSKEGON — Pressure was on Nicholas Taylor Wednesday at Lincoln Golf Club, but the Mona Shores senior came through like a champ at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association boys golf tournament.
It makes sense — it’s in his blood.
Taylor became the third golfer in his immediate family to capture medalist honors in the GMAA tourney by shooting a 1-over 73 in conditions that started very chilly but began to warm slightly toward the end of the round.
Taylor followed in the footsteps of father Tim, who won GMAA medalist honors 34 years earlier, and brother Nathan, who accomplished the feat in 2019.
Nicholas Taylor’s round led the way for a Mona Shores team that collected its fourth straight GMAA championship. The Sailors finished with a score of 320.
Whitehall was runner-up at 345, followed by Western Michigan Christian (355), Reeths-Puffer (370), Fruitport (371), Ravenna (380), Muskegon Catholic Central (388), North Muskegon (389), Montague (399), Oakridge (399) and Holton (491). Orchard View did not have a full team competing.
Individuals joining Taylor in the top 10 included Mona Shores’ Lucas Dethloff (79, second place), James Ackley (83, tied for fourth) and Carson Andree (85, tied for sixth); Whitehall’s Brady Tate (80, third) and Landon Griffin (86, tied for eighth); North Muskegon’s Avery Freeland (83, tied for fourth); Reeths-Puffer’s Kristian Brown (85, tied for sixth); Ravenna’s Drew Mabrito (86, tied for eighth); and Western Michigan Christian’s Ashton Leffring (87, tied for 10th).
Whitehall’s Liam Szegda also tied for 10th place with an 87, but Leffring received the top-10 medal because he held the tie-breaker.
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