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Eagle golfers are regional qualifiers

  The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ golf team used its home course advantage at its May 20 MHSAA Division 3 District tournament.

  The Eagles played The Fortress Golf Course and cruised to a second-place finish with 338 strokes. Flint Powers Catholic won the event with a 323. Third place went to fellow Tri-Valley Conference East Division school Essexville Garber (345), followed by Birch Run (352), Lake Fenton (359) and Caro (382).

  The top six teams qualified for the MHSAA Division 3 Regional No. 15, set for Thursday, May 28, at the Flint Elks Club. Powers is the host school.

  FHS was led by sophomore Daniel Wagner with an 81 on the par-72 course. Senior Sam Struble fired an 83, followed by senior Jared Hudson with an 86, sophomore Chase Singer with an 88 and senior Clayton Singer with a 91. It was Hudson best “set of nines,” according to FHS Coach Dan Wagner.

  �niel and Sam had opposite experiences. While Daniel got off to a great front nine of 37, he stumbled on the back with a 44. Sam, on the other hand, had a rough start but finished strong,” Wagner added.

  Each player birdied a hole. Chase Singer birdied No. 2 and No. 10, Wagner got one on No. 4, Struble was one under par on No. 14, Hudson on No. 8 and Clayton Singer on No. 7.

  Powers Catholic sophomore Joe Cariasso was the district medalist with a 77.

  “We are looking forward to playing the Flint Elks Club. It is similar to The Fortress in that it is a longer course and not heavily tree lined,” Wagner noted. “Golfers can recover from errant shots as long as they play short of the firm greens. The greens do not hold well. Landing in the center of the green is not a guarantee to have a putt as your next shot. Having a solid short game will be necessary to go low there.”

  The top three regional teams will move on to the MHSAA Division 3 State Finals, set for Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing.

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