Eagle golfers win own tourney; trail Dukes in the TVC East.
Gaining ground on the Essexville Garber varsity boys’ golf team has been difficult for the Eagle squad this season.
‘Muth and the Dukes battled twice on the course last week. Garber hosted its Tri-Valley Conference East Division Jamboree, the third one in the league season. Playing a Bay County Golf Course, the Dukes shot a 177 and the Eagles a 179. ‘Muth now trails Garber by 12 strokes.
Playing the par 36 blue tees on the back nine holes, the teams played in very cold and miserable conditions, with gusty winds coming off Saginaw Bay.
Junior Daniel Wagner shot 41, collecting five pars but double-bogied the final hole when the ball was stuck under the trees on hole No. 18.
Chase Singer carded a 45, Sam Struble a 46, Nick Fischer scored 47, and Jacksen McKenzie and Tony Sulfaro each came in with scores of 50. In league, six players take to the course and the four lowest scores count toward the team total.
North Branch came in third at 207, followed by Otisville-LakeVille (225), Caro (226), Birch Run (228), and Millington (555, disqualified).
One day later, North Branch hosted its Jamboree at the Washakie Golf Course. The teams played the par 36 layout in cool weather and temperatures in the mid-50s.
‘Muth and Garber dueled to a 155-155 tie, leaving the Eagles 12 strokes out of first place with three more Jamborees to go.
“Typically, this is the league’s best performance given the short nature of the course. Many of our boys had their best scores of the season,” FHS Coach Dan Wagner said.
Struble led the way with a one-over-par 37, collecting medalist honors and firing his lowest score in his high school career. He carded six pars, two bogies and one birdie on hole No. 6.
Fisher came in with a 39, his first time breaking 40 in a competitive event, with five pars and three bogeys. Singer shot 39 with a birdie on hole No. 9 and Wagner shot 40 and also birdied No. 9.
Sulfaro came in the clubhouse with a 42, his lowest nine-hole high school score. McKenzie fired a 41.
Caro and North Branch also tied with scores of 181. Birch Run was one shot back at 182, Millington had a 213 and LakeVille was disqualified.
Frankenmuth will host the next Jamboree at 2pm Monday, May 9, at The Fortress Golf Course.
Millington’s Jamboree was rescheduled from April 6 to Wednesday, May 18, due to weather.
The Millington Jamboree will be made up on May 18 and piggyback on the LakeVille Jamboree since they both share Willow Springs Golf Course as their home course. The teams will play nine holes in the morning (Millington host) and then nine holes in the afternoon (LakeVille host).
“It will take on the feel of an 18-hole playoff. We are excited in that we spend a lot of the early season at Willow Springs, awaiting The Fortress to open. We have a good knowledge of the course and that should prove to be a benefit for us,” Wagner explained.
The ‘Muth golfers wrapped up the week with their inaugural Frankenmuth Invitational, held at the neighboring The Timbers Golf Course.
Ten schools competed, with FHS playing a Team A and a Team B.
“We entered two teams, giving all members an opportunity to play and gain experience,” Wagner said.
FHS Team A won the tourney with a 334 score. Struble led the way to medalist and shot an 81. He shot 42 and 39, with seven pars and birdies on holes 3 and 12.
Fischer shot 41 and 42 for an 83 with birdies on holes 2 and 6. Wagner carded a 37 and 46 for 83 as well, however, he suffered a back injury with four holes to play. He had nine pars. Chase Singer shot 43 and 44 for an 87, including 10 pars.
The big surprise for Wagner was Team B and its leading shooter, Sulfaro, who shared match medalist with Struble with an 81.
“Tony has shown tremendous growth toward course management and has developed a nice touch on and around the putting green. With the post season approaching, he is clearly demonstrating his value to his teammates. This team is nearing its potential and that’s exciting with the districts later in May,” Wagner pointed out.
Bay City Western took second place at 356 and Saginaw Heritage High was third at 357.
Frankenmuth has two big tournaments over the next 10 days. The Saginaw County Tournament is set for Tuesday, May 10, at the Swan Valley Country Club and the Big Rapids Cardinal Invitational will be held on Saturday, May 14.