Eagle golfers enjoy state finals experience, finish in 15th place
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ golf team competed last weekend in the MHSAA Division 3 State Finals in Big Rapids.
The Eagles, who took second place at the MHSAA Division 3 Regional the week before at The Fortress Golf Course, finished in 15th place with a two-day, 36-hole score of 736 strokes.
Jackson Lumen Christi won the state title with 639 strokes. Big Rapids was second with 647 strokes and Grand Rapids West Catholic was third with 659 strokes. Shepherd, the regional champion at The Fortress, was 13th with 727 strokes.
The teams played Katke Golf Course, on the Ferris State University campus.
Frankenmuth was playing without its top golfer, senior Daniel Wagner, who left for Sweden June 5 to tour with the band Greta Van Fleet. Wagner was the Tri-Valley Conference East Division medalist runner up.
On Friday, the Eagles shot a team score of 359. Jacksen McKenzie fired an 85, Chase Singer an 89, Wes Darrow an 89, Jacob Nielsen a 96 and Kurtis Wolfram a 101.
Friday’s weather was good due to calmer wind conditions. Saturday’s scores soared with 30 MPH wind gusts.
Day two saw ‘Muth play without Singer, a senior, who had his graduation party that day. Kyle Wolfram stepped in and shot 117. McKenzie carded a 91, Darrow an 89, Kurtis Wolfram a 94 and Nielsen a 103 for Saturday total of 377.
“We played with a young group of kids, mostly sophomores. None of them had finals experience but were thrilled to take part in the experience,” FHS Coach Dan Wagner said. use we were missing two key players, we knew our chances of scoring low would be limited so we decided to make it about the experience and to cherish the moment knowing that this may be our only opportunity. As a result, we weren’t going to focus on the bad holes but celebrate the good ones. The boys had a wonderful time and awesome weather to boot.”
Charlevoix’s Matt Good was the medalist, firing a 75-75 for a score of 150 strokes. Tawas Area’s Daniel Shattuck was second with a 74-76 score of 150. They used the scorecard to determine the winner, based on the hardest handicap hole.
“Jacksen managed to secure a couple birdies over the two days. His most impressive birdie was a two-putt on hole No. 16 on day two. He had a 12-foot eagle putt that just missed,” Wagner noted.
“Wes struck the ball beautifully but struggled on the fast and undulating greens at Katke. He easily could have been in the 70s each day if his putter had been hotter,” Wagner added.
The Eagles won the TVC East Division this spring, never losing a league Jamboree.
“On the whole, we had a remarkable season. We were 7-0 in the TVC East, Wagner and Singer were on the first team TVC East and Nielsen, McKenzie and the Wolframs all received second-team honors. We won our Eagle Invite for the second straight year and place second at the regional. The golf team is a young team with many great accomplishments. They have a bright future,” Wagner concluded.
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