Lady Eagle golfers improve play as mid-season arrives for the team
The Frankenmuth girls’ golf team competed in a pair of matches over the past week, which included trips to Freeland and St. Louis.
On Wednesday, September 13, the Lady Eagles competed on the back nine at Twin Oaks Golf Course. The team combined to shoot their best score of the season with 195 strokes, breaking the 200 barrier for the first time this season.
‘Muth took second place, with the host Falcons winning the Tri-Valley Conference Jamboree with a strong 173 score.
Senior Shelby Schneider paced the red and gray with a personal record score of 41 in TVC competitions. Schneider was one stroke behind medalist Olivia Pumford of Freeland.
“Shelby is really striking the ball well. She birdied hole No. 12, parred 14 and had bogeys on the rest of the holes,” FHS Coach Doug Schneider said.
Junior Sophia Lee and sophomore Katelyn Piesko tied with scores of 50. The 50 was a personal best for Katelyn.
Freshmen Ella Smith and Leah Nielsen finished with scores of 54 and 55, respectively – both personal-best scores. Nielsen’s was full five strokes better than her previous best in her short varsity career.
Junior Hannah Wenzel was also on pace to set a new personal best, but ended with a 57. Wenzel played aggressively on her last hole and found trouble with the pond, shooting six-over par on that hole.
On Monday, September 18, Frankenmuth traveled to the inaugural 10-team St. Louis Sharks Invitational, held at Hidden Oaks Golf Club. The Lady Eagles had two teams in the tourney, one placing third and the other seventh.
The third-place team consisted over Schneider (90), Smith (107), Piesko (110), Sophia Lee (114) and Nielsen (116). There scores totaled 421 strokes.
The seventh-place squad was led by Wenzel with a 113, followed by Angela Kane (126), Margo Samson (127), Madison McKimmy (134) and Maura Lee (141) for a score of 500.
Freeland won the event with a score of 376, followed by Shepherd (412), ‘Muth (421), St. Louis (438), Essexville Garber (460), Caro (472), Alma (498), ‘Muth 2 (500), Clare (505) and Ithaca (548).
Hidden Oaks offered plenty of challenges for the golfers.
𠇊round 60 percent of the course has thick woods right up to the fairway, and there are many marshes to carry. This course really tests your iron play,” Schneider said.
Shelby Schneider shot 42 on the relatively open front nine and settled on a 48 on the very tight back nine. She placed third overall.
“It was great to be able to field 10 players from our team. We have so many ladies working hard and improving every week. We want to give them as many chances as we can to play, compete and show their improvement, and it showed in their scores,” Schneider pointed out.
On the day, four FHS players achieved new personal-best 18-hole performances, including Smith (-6), Wenzel (-3), McKimmy (-9) and Nielsen (-16).
“The team knows we will need more of the same improvement to reach our team goals for the season,” Schneider added.
The team travels to Chesaning today (September 20) for a TVC Jamboree, followed by a trip to the Midland Country Club for the Midland Dow Invitational on Monday, September 25. The final TVC Jamboree will be hosted by FHS at The Fortress Golf Course on Wednesday, September 27, beginning at 3pm.
The MHSAA Division 3 Regional No. 20 will be held at Maple Creek Golf Course on Wednesday, October 11. Shepherd will host the 13-school match.
The MHSAA Division 3 State Finals will be held at Forest Akers West in East Lansing on Friday and Saturday, October 20-21.