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Celebrate Dad with grilling and golf


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This year for Father’s Day, skip the tacky tie and give dad something he truly wants – quality time with the kids who gave him such an honorable title. Plan an intimate family gathering with all his favorite foods and a few special touches that reflect his other passions in life, such as golf.

Let dad savor some grilled goodness (and a healthy dose of antioxidants) with colorful fruit and veggie kabobs. Healthy, hydrating watermelon is the star ingredient of these colorful skewers, which also include marinated chunks of pork.

Add a low-calorie, fat-free side by serving watermelon balls in a fun golf ball-shaped vessel carved from a watermelon rind.

For more recipes and carving ideas using versatile watermelon, visit www.watermelon.org.

Pork and Watermelon Kabobs

Pork and Watermelon Kabobs

Pork and Watermelon Kabobs

Servings: 8

6 tablespoons brown sugar

6 tablespoons soy sauce

6 tablespoons diced red onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

Pepper to taste

1 pound boned, lean pork chop, cut into 1-inch cubes (approximately 38-40 pieces)

32 cubes watermelon (1 inch each), plus extra for garnish if desired

16-24 zucchini rounds (1/2 inch)

16 pineapple chunks, fresh or canned (1 inch each)

24 yellow or orange peppers chunks (1 inch each, approximately 3-4 peppers total)

Cooking spray

Sesame seeds for garnish

Combine sugar, soy sauce, onion, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme and pepper in mixing bowl. Pour into resealable bag and add pork pieces. Seal bag, mix thoroughly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning bag periodically.

Remove pork from bag and reserve marinade. Thread 5 pork pieces, 4 watermelon cubes, 2-3 zucchini rounds, 2 pineapple chunks and 3 peppers on each of 8 skewers, alternating the order.

Spray cooking surface on heated grill and place kebobs on grill. Grill for 12-15 minutes, or until done, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade. Garnish with sesame seeds and chunks of watermelon.

Golf Ball Serving Bowl

Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.

On cutting board, place watermelon on side and cut off 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch from stem end, being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind. This will provide sturdy base.

Using paring knife, cut a 3- to 4-inch round circle in top of watermelon.

Use melon baller to make shallow round divots into rind of watermelon to mimic dimples in golf ball. Next, use kitchen knife to peel thin layers of rind off to expose white underneath, being careful not to cut too deep or red flesh will be exposed. Try to get as much of green rind off so it will resemble a white golf ball.

Hollow out watermelon with spoon or scoop. Place on tray and add watermelon balls to serve.

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Red Hawk golfers upset Tri County

It was a very positive week for the Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf team. On Tuesday, September 6, at Whitefish Lake, the Red Hawks defeated Tri-County 206-235.  Conner White was match medalist with a 44, Nicole Shevock added a 51, Breanna White a 55, and Chelsea Hull a 56.
“We played a little better today even though it was tough because it was also the first day of the school year,” said Chelsea Hull.
On Thursday, September 8, the girls traveled to Egypt Valley for the OK-Blue Jamboree and finished in 5th, with a team score of 226. Conner White had a 54, Nicole Shevock a 55, Breanna White a 56 and Chelsea Hull a 61.
“I do not like Egypt Valley,” said Shevock.  “But we played well.”
Breanna White added, “I had never played here before, so it was a lot of fun.”
The girls had two more OK-Blue matches this week at Ironwood and Scott Lake Golf Courses. Watch next week’s Post for results.

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Kent Theatre golf outing

The winning team from the 2011 Kent Theatre Golf Outing at Cedar Chase Golf Club. L to R : Nick Thome, Jim Emmorey, Tom Matecun, Eric Emmorey.

The 11th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing, held on July 9 at the Cedar Chase Golf Club, was a great success. With sunny weather in the high 80s, 60 golfers teed off with the dream of a lot of fun and a lot of great shots. When introduced just prior to the start of the round, last year’s $10,000 Hole-In-One winner, Frank Pelak, was cheered by the entire field.

A dozen volunteers catered to the golfers, and the personnel at Cedar Chase provided a great course and a great dinner for all.

This year’s highlight was a runaway victory by the Jim Emmorey team, coming in at 16 under par in the 4-person scramble format. No one won the Hole-In-One Contest this time, but there’s always next year!

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Rotary golf outing

First place team Choice One Investments.

The 2011 Annual Rotary Golf Outing brought out a rousing group of area golfers on Wednesday, July 20. The event was hosted by Cedar Chase Golf Course and the major sponsor was Vander Hyde Ford who donated a Hole-in-One Prize Package on all four par three holes. Sixty-eight men and women participated in a scramble format with Choice One Investments winning the tournament with a score of 16 under par. The winning team consisted of Larry Wheeler, Ray Averill, Cindy Watson, and Don Christy. Other prize winners included Sara Dryer with women’s longest drive, Brian Talbot, men’s longest drive and closest-to-the-pin, and Larry Wheeler with the longest putt.

“The Rotary Club is grateful for the tremendous support of area residents and businesses. It appeared everyone had a great time with the cloud overcast creating perfect weather conditions. All profits from this tournament will be put back into the community on various Rotary service projects,” reported Mark Gebhardt, Event Chairman.

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Bouwens and team earn all-state honors

Nikki Bouwens

Nikki Bouwens

The athletic season may be over for the Cedar Springs Lady golfers, but the post-season awards are still being handed out.  Nikki Bouwens earned All-State honors for Division 3.  Nikki is only the third golfer in Cedar Springs’ history to achieve such an award.

“Nikki had a fantastic season,” said Coach London. “She is a hard worker and shot very consistently over the year.”

Not only did Bouwens throw out some good golf scores, she also has some good scores in the classroom, as the Cedar Springs team took home an Academic All-State honor as well. As a team, the Red Hawks had a 3.53 GPA. The five golfers from regional who accumulated this score were Bouwens, Kaylee Costello, Zarah Smith, Jackie Champion and Chaya Coxon.

“Girls who do well in the classroom generally can do well on the golf course,” said London. “Golf is a thinking woman’s game.  These girls are smart and work hard both in the classroom and on the golf course.”

Congratulations, Nikki, and the whole girls golf team, on a great year in golf.

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Girls golf team enjoys best season ever

The Cedar Springs Varsity Golf team finished up its best season in school history. The lady Red Hawks ended up 12th at the very competitive D3 state finals at the Meadows at  GVSU. Nikki Bouwens (80, 91 – 171); Kaylee Costello (108, 107 – 215); Zarah Smith (108, 113 -221); Jackie Champion (122, 116 – 238); Chaya Coxon (107, 133 – 240) were the five scorers for Cedar Springs.  Nikki’s 171 placed her 11th overall.

“We had a very solid day one,” said Coach Glen London. “We were only 10 strokes out of 4th place. Day two just took its toll.”

Regardless of the poor day two, the girls had a great season. They won the Chippewa Hills tournament, finished 2nd in the Ok-Blue, finished 2nd at Regional, and qualified as a team for the state tournament.  Congratulations, ladies.

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Red Hawk golf defeats West Catholic

Red Hawk golf defeats West Catholic
The girl’s varsity golf team only played one match last week, but it was an important one in defeating West Catholic (ranked #10 in area), 216-219.  Nikki Bouwens led the way with a 42, Kaylee Costello a 54, Jackie Champion a 58 and Meagan Rice a 62.This puts the Red Hawks 5-1 in the Ok-blue conference, which lands them in 2nd place.
“This week is the Ok-Blue Conference tournament,” said Coach Glen London. “If we can win that, then we will clinch at least a first place tie.  That would be our first conference title ever in girls golf.”

The girl’s varsity golf team only played one match last week, but it was an important one in defeating West Catholic (ranked #10 in area), 216-219.  Nikki Bouwens led the way with a 42, Kaylee Costello a 54, Jackie Champion a 58 and Meagan Rice a 62.This puts the Red Hawks 5-1 in the Ok-blue conference, which lands them in 2nd place.

“This week is the Ok-Blue Conference tournament,” said Coach Glen London. “If we can win that, then we will clinch at least a first place tie.  That would be our first conference title ever in girls golf.”

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Bouwens leads the way in Red Hawk golf

The Cedar Springs Varsity Girl’s Golf Team had another terrific week powered by Nikki Bouwens.  The Red Hawks went 2-0 in conference and finished 10th at the Greenville Invitational with a 402 (only 6 strokes off from their tournament victory a week ago). Tuesday, @ Cedar Chase, the girls defeated Comstock Park 191 to 244.  Bouwens was medalist with a 37, Chaya Coxon shot a season best 50, Kaylee Costello a 52, and Jackie Champion a 52. At Ridgeview on Wednesday, the Girl golfers shot a season best 189 to defeat Belding.  Bouwens had a season best 35, Costello a 47, Coxon a 53, Zarah Smith a 54 and Champion a 54. This improves the Red Hawks to 4-1 in conference.  Thursday, the girls headed to Bowen Lake in Greenville for one of the toughest tournaments in Western Michigan.

“We played really well,” said Coach Glen London. “Nikki has been on fire.  She is averaging 39 and surpassed this week.  Costello, Smith, and Champion have played consistent and they continue to improve. Then out of no where comes Chaya Coxon. A first year player.” The girls only have two matches next week, then get ready for the Ok Blue conference championship and the State Regional.

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Red Hawk golf team wins tournament

It was a good week for the Lady Red Hawks girl’s golf team last week. They traveled to the Royal at Canadian Lakes and won the Chippewa Hills Invitational with a 396 score. Nikki Bouwens finished 1st with a solid round of 77. Kaylee Costello finished 10th with a 101, Zarah Smith added a 106 and Tricia Luke a 112. (Megan Rice had a 117 and Chaya Coxon a 120).

“It was a big boost for us,” said Coach Glen London. “We have not won a big tournament in over 5 years. Nikki shot great and the rest of the girls posted some good scores,” he added.

In league action the Red Hawks went 1-1 by defeating Coopersville 201-211 and losing to Forest Hills Northern 205-225.  At Western Greens, Bouwens shot a 40, Costello a 50, Maggie Bielak a 55 (her personal best) and Zarah Smith a 56. The split puts the golf team at 2-1 in conference.

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Golf team trips up Calvin Christian

The Girls Varsity Golf team officially opened up its ok-blue conference schedule with a victory against Calvin Christian, 210-225, @ Ironwood. Nikki Bouwens (3 years all-conference) was medalist with a very fine score of 38.

“It was a good round,” said Nikki.  “I really need to work on my putting though to get my scores lower.” Kaylee Costello added a 50, Maggie Bielak a 60 and Jackie Champion a 61 to round out the scoring.  The Red Hawks have 2 league matches this week and will play a tournament at the Royal at Canadian Lakes.

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