FHS golfers close the gap in the TVC East at second Jamboree
Much improvement was made by the Frankenmuth varsity boys’ golf team at last Wednesday’s (April 20) Tri-Valley Conference East Division Jamboree.
The second of seven league Jamborees, the Eagles entered the match trailing leader Essexville Garber by nine strokes. The Dukes came into the clubhouse with 162 strokes and FHS countered with a 163 to trial Garber by 10 strokes heading into today’s (April 27) at Bay County Golf Club – hosted by the Dukes.
Birch Run hosted this Jamboree at Green Acres Golf Course.
“We played extremely well as a team, but so did Garber, unfortunately,” FHS Coach Dan Wagner said. "Each and every Eagle golfer made growth from their previous Jamboree."
Junior Daniel Wagner was the match medalist with a one-over-par 37. The match was played under sunny and calm conditions, with lift, clean and place regulations. Sam Struble fired a 39, followed by Nick Fisher with a 43, Chase Singer with a 44, Tony Sulfaro with a 45 and Jacksen McKenzie with a 46.
The low four scores count toward the team total. While there were no red numbers, there were plenty of pars and bogies.
“I feel we have enough time to gain back these strokes and find that there continues to be room to grow. Garber has less room to grow and is faced with the difficult task of defending their lead,” Wagner explained. “I like the role of underdog; it’s easier to set and achieve a goal of growth versus simply trying to remain on top.”
North Branch came in third place with 188 strokes, followed by Caro (210), Birch Run (212), Millington (261) and Otisville-LakeVille (disqualified – not enough players).
The Eagles played in the 18-team Bay City Western Invitational, held at the Saginaw Valley Golf Course, on Saturday, April 23, enduring cool, breezy north winds.
Frankenmuth finished in third place at the 18-hole invite, carding a team total of 344 strokes. Class A Midland High won with 326 strokes, followed by Tawas with 333. Flint Powers Catholic, a team they will see in the post season, came in with a 354 while Garber was 12th at 366.
“Most of my players walked off the course disappointed with their overall numbers only to find out that we finished third among many bigger schools,” Wagner stated. “This is our best showing at this tournament in many years.”
Wagner received top 10 honors with his nine-over-par 81. Fisher scored an 85, Struble an 86 and McKenzie a 92.
niel had 10 pars on the day. Fisher had the only red number, shooting a birdie on hole No. 1,” Wagner noted.
North Branch will host the fourth TVC East Jamboree at Washakie Golf Course at 3pm Friday, April 29. The Eagle Invitational will be held at 10am Saturday, April 30, at The Timbers Golf Course.
Frankenmuth will host its TVC East Jamboree at The Fortress Golf Course on Monday, May 9.