Hillsdale county Golf teams played important league matches in the opening week of May. One team had to travel to Holt, Michigan to participate in another large invitational event and walked away with success. If anyone were to ask what the takeaway was for Hillsdale County golf in the fifth week of the spring sports season, it would be the amount of talent on display with each team.
Hillsdale Academy had their jamboree canceled earlier in the week. The team was eager to get back on the course for another round of 18 holes against some of the best competition in the state. The team traveled to Holt for their Varsity Invitational event. The team once again went up against some of the largest teams in the state with the majority of participants coming from Division 1 or 2 schools.
Junior Rykert Frisinger continued his recent streak of success on the courses, finishing as an individual in second place. Luke Hanselman of DeWitt took first with a final score of 74. Frisinger took second with a score of 75. Over his round of 18, Frisinger nailed pars on 12 holes. He also had a birdie on a par-four hole 12. Hanselman was able to sink one more birdie (birdying holes one and 16) than Frisinger, which ultimately proved the difference.
Frisinger helped lead the Colts to a fourth-place finish, a final score of 330. Junior Ridley Fast was second for the Colts as a team, scoring an 82 and taking 13th as an individual. His match highlights included two birdies. Fast had a birdie on a par-four hole three. It was part of a stretch on the first nine where Fast nailed the birdie and six pars over the course of the nine holes. He had two more pars on the back nine and had another par-four birdie, this time on hole 16. Fast would have pushed for a higher placement, but hole 11 proved to be a tough challenge for the junior.
Sophomore Kahle Welden took 16th individually, third in team scoring, with a final total of 83. Welden had a successful day on the course, nailing a birdie on hole six. He had three pars on the first nine and five on the back nine. He nailed two pars in a row on holes 17 and 18 and holes one and two.
Eighth grader Lincoln Knirk had a final score of 98, finishing the day with two pars. Freshman Grayson Young had a final score of 107. Young was able to sink a putt for par on hole 15.
Hillsdale High School continues to place in the top three of each LCAA event they have this season. After a small break, the team was back out on the greens at an LCAA jamboree hosted by Clinton High School. The Hornets and head coach Marc Wilson took third place with a final score of 183. Blissfield took first with a score of 181, with Hudson taking second one point behind. Hillsdale senior Jack Granata had one of his best runs yet on the courses this season, tying for second with a final score of 41. He had a par on hole three, a birdie on hole six and a par on hole seven.
Junior Joseph Miller tied for seventh with a final score of 44. Miller had two pars. Also golfing for the hornets were Jaden Hall with a score of 48, Grant Alley with a score of 50, Brody Young with a score of 51 and Jack Bowles with a score of 51.
The Jonesville Comets had two back-to-back league events to start May. The Comets traveled to a match hosted by Bronson and took second place, just behind the Orioles who took first. They finished with a final score of 188. Junior Zachary Mains tied for first with another stellar jamboree performance. He had a final score of 41, tying Sam Sawyer of Quincy. Mains had a birdie on hole three and had three total pars. Brennen Mains and Braden Stiverson tied for 10th. The two Comet teammates finished with a score of 51.
Jonesville senior Carter Lucas had a top five placement, earning fifth with a final score of 45. Lucas had a total of four pars over the nine-hole match.
Jonesville then hosted Quincy and Union City for a Big 8 jamboree at White Oaks. Jonesville took first in this jamboree with a final team score of 165. Brennen Mains took first place with a final score of 39. Carter Lucas took second place with a final score of 40. Zachery Mains took third with a final score of 43. Carter Baker also tied for third with the same. score. Braden Stiverson took ninth place with a final score of 47.
Brennen Mains had two birdies on the back nine and three pars to take first place. Lucas had five pars to take second. Zachary Mains had four pars and Baker had two pars and a birdie on the first hole of the back nine, a par-three. Stiverson had a birdie on the third hole of the back-nine, a par-four. Also golfing for the Comets was Grant Broesamle, who had a final score of 62.
Jonesville and Hillsdale Academy will have jamborees on Monday, May 8. Stay tuned for an update article on their upcoming matches.
This article originally appeared on Hillsdale Daily News: Golf: Hornets takes third at LCAA event; Colts take 4th at Holt Invite