'Muth golf team plays Atlas Valley, tunes up for regional
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ golf team played shorthanded at their final regular-season tourney for 2016.
The Eagles traveled to the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Invitational on Sunday, May 22, competing at Atlas Valley Country Club.
FHS Coach Dan Wagner placed this tourney on his schedule last year as Atlas Valley is hosting the MHSAA Division 3 No. 15 Regional, on Friday, June 3. However, Wagner ended up competing without his son, Daniel, the team’s top golfer, who is out of action with a back injury. He also lost Sam Struble and Tony Sulfaro for FHS Honors Night and Baccalaureate.
“We wanted to see this course twice before we play the regional and we learned a lot. We didn’t go in expecting to play well, but rather our objective was to learn the nuances of the course: green speeds, hazards, obstacles and more. We will see it again in a practice round,” Wagner said.
Frankenmuth finished in 16th place out of 17 schools at 401 strokes. Nouvel Catholic Central won the tourney with a 302 score. This outing gave the underclassmen one last chance to play and shine and freshman Kurtis Wolfram was low for FHS with a 98.
“This score earned him a varsity letter. He has made steady growth over the season and is dedicated and invested in making himself better,” Wagner noted. “He’s learned that shot length is overrated and keeping the ball straight and in play is much more valuable. As a freshman, he’ll gain strength naturally over time, so it’s critical our young golfers become proficient with irons, wedges and putting. I think he’s beginning to make these connections.”
Chase Singer came in the clubhouse with a 99, Jacksen McKenzie fired a 100 and Wesley Darrow shot 104.
‘Muth will open MHSAA action by hosting the Division 3 District No. 29 on Thursday, May 26, at The Fortress Golf Course. The top three teams will move on to the regional.
“We now need to develop a strategy for lowering our scores at this speedy, mature course. Sometimes our skills are limited compared to other teams, but out-thinking them strategically is within our ability. This will be our focus leading into the post season,” Wagner concluded.