Lady Eagles look to clinch TVC title at Freeland's Twin Oaks GC
The Frankenmuth varsity girls’ golf team mixed up its line up as it competed in a big-school tournament on Monday, September 19.
The Lady Eagles competed in the Rochester Invitational at the Great Oaks Country Club. ‘Muth was the lone MHSAA Division 4 school in the 17-school field and took 12th place with a score of 415 strokes.
“The girls gained valuable, 18-hole experience on a challenging course they had never seen before,” FHS Assistant Coach Bob McCarthy said.
Senior Meg Watkins was the team’s medalist, shooting 82 on the par-72 course. The Xavier University-bound player was 10th overall.
Junior Shelby Schneider carded a 95, followed by senior Grace Smith (102) and freshmen Katelyn Piesko (136) and Maura Lee (143).
“We had a couple of our varsity players taking a break to rest which made room for two of our freshmen to gain valuable experience,” FHS Coach Doug Schneider said. “This was the first 18-hole event for Maura and Katelyn, which is a very big achievement for most freshman and they played well. Now they know what it feels like to play a full 18 and know how they compare with the field. I was impressed with their attitude . . . they were ready for the challenge.”
With a team of 15 players this season, Schneider is looking forward to the future.
“I am excited for our whole group of young players we added this year. They are all high-energy, athletic and wanting to improve each day. They are now starting to surprise themselves on how well they are hitting shots,” Schneider stated.
Top-ranked Division 1 school Rochester won its own event with a 311 score. Stoney Creek’s Lauren Ingle and Brooke Busses from Rochester tied for first, both shooting two-under-par 70s.
FHS added to its league lead when its hosted its Tri-Valley Conference Jamboree on Wednesday, September 21. The Lady Eagles took first place, shooting a 189. They added six more strokes to increase their lead to 28 over second-place Freeland. Also competing were Caro, Chesaning and Essexville-Garber.
Watkins fired a one-over-par 37 to win medalist honors. Smith shot a personal best 47, Hannah Turk was third with a 52 and Schneider had a 53. Rounding out the field, Sophia Lee carded a 57 and Piesko came in the clubhouse with a 61.
𠇌oach Schneider and I are pleased their games are strong enough to win Jamborees. Now, with the regional and state competition approaching, we need to tap into our full potential,” McCarthy said. “Like most golfers, if we can eliminate penalty shots and improve our touch on and around the greens, the results could be amazing. Still, we are proud of their efforts – they are a great group of competitors.”
Schneider was happy to see Smith shoot her personal best for nine holes, a 47.
“We have now had all of our top five players shoot into the mid-40s. This is the first team in Frankenmuth to have such depth. This is a great sign as the ladies work the final weeks in preparation for the state tournament,” Schneider noted.
‘Muth traveled to the Midland Country Club on Monday, September 26, for the Dow Invitational. Today (September 28) they will compete in the final TVC Jamboree, hosted by Freeland at Twin Oaks Golf Course.
The MHSAA postseason will begin Wednesday, October 5, when they compete in the MHSAA Division 4 Regional at Brookside Golf Course, hosted by Lakeview High School. Forest Akers West Golf Course will be the site of the MHSAA Division 4 State Finals in East Lansing, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15.