It was state finals weekend for the boys golf teams around Michigan. Several divisions of high school golf teams would head to their respective golf courses to participate in the Lower Peninsula MHSAA state championships during the weekend. State finals for boys high school golf takes place over the course of two days on June 11th and 12th.
The teams play two rounds separated on the two different days. Teams play on 18 holes of golf action in each round, with the scores added up for the total tournament. Top teams place for team state championships, and individual golfers battle it out for individual state championships and top ten finishes.
The Hillsdale Academy would have one of their most successful regular seasons in the school’s sports history. The Hillsdale Academy boys golf team, led by Head Coach Charlie Blood, finished the regular season undefeated in league jamboree play in the SCAA. The Colts would head to the regional tournament held in Grass Lake, Michigan to have a chance to qualify as a team or individually for the MHSAA LP D4 State Finals.
The Hillsdale Academy Colts finished in second place overall for the regional championship, which would qualify them for the state finals as a team. Top three teams per regional tournament qualified for the state finals.
The Hillsdale Academy team would travel up to the pristine golf course called The Fortress. The Fortress, an 18 hole golf course located in Frankenmuth, Michigan, would be the site of the D4 State Finals. The Hillsdale Academy golf team would go up against 17 other schools that were all in the top three at their regional championship events.
Over 100 team and individual golfers would qualify for the state championship. The Fortress features a landscape designed to replicate the early Scottish roots of golf. Featuring bent-grass tees, greens and fairways that surround 75 bunkers, the teams and individual golfers would have a tough two-day state finals to determine who would be crowned champion.
The Hillsdale Academy boys golf team would have a successful day on the greens, finishing with a final team total of 703 strokes for the entire state finals tournament. This would be good enough for a top ten finish as a team for the Colts. They would finish in sixth place. Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic, Lansing Christian, and Charlevoix would be your top three finishers in that order. Kalamazoo Hackett finished with a total score of 640.
The Colt’s sixth place finish in the D4 State Finals is the best finish the team has had in the state finals in school history. The historical achievement for the team was aided by the individual standout performances from each of Hillsdale’s golfers.
Rykert Frisinger, a Freshman for the Colts, would lead the way during both days of the tournament for his team. Rykert Frisinger finished with a final total of 158 for both days of the tournament. Frisinger finished out day 1 with a total of 77. This was good enough