Frazee's Beau Hanson leads Class 1A golf tournament
Sometimes luck is better than good -- although Frazee sophomore Beau Hanson has the good part down already.
Striking his second tee shot of the day, Hanson's ball started to loft towards the rough and into some trouble.
But luckily, the shot was corrected after hitting the cart path, then a tree, which deflected his ball back onto the fairway.
Ultimately, it saved par for Hanson -- who was coming off a first hole birdie -- and started off a day which ended with him in first place of the Class 1A state boys' golf field.
Hanson stands alone on top after stroking a one-under par 71 Wednesday at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.
Hanson leads each of Jesse Roscoe of Ortonville and Dillon Schultz of Springfield by two strokes, after he carded a 36 on the front nine and a 35 on the back.
But a birdie on hole one gave Hanson the inside track of gaining valuable momentum, while another birdie on hole five injected a whole lot of confidence for the rest of the day, as he was two-under par after five.
"That first hole birdie really got things going," Hanson said. "It helped me a lot and got me in a zone. The birdie on hole five gave me a lot confidence, too."
The Frazee sophomore hit some rough patches to finish his front nine, making bogey twice to go even par at the turn.
But he started things back on for his final nine holes to finish with a 35 and a one-under 71.
"I was more calm on the back nine and my drives were straighter and I was hitting my irons closer to the hole," Hanson included. "My putting wasn't as good, but I was closer to the hole anyways."
Hanson finished with 30 putts on the day and missed only four greens in regulation, as well.
Shooting a one-under 71 -- the same score he won the Section 8-1A with -- was satisfying, but not even close to his final goal.
"I'm just going to do the same thing (Thursday) that I did today and keep in the same routine," Hanson added. "I'm not going to think about anyone else's score and just play my game."
Frazee sophomore teammate Zack Ziegler finished his first-day round shooting a 43-46-89, which ties him for 56th.
Ziegler's day started off a bit more shaky than Hanson's, after he hit water on his first hole.
But he made par on his second and third holes to get him back on track.
"I wasn't nervous at all on the first tee, I just made a bad shot which cost me," Ziegler said. "I made a lot of bogeys and I wasn't hitting my second shot well. I couldn't hit my greens."
Ziegler is looking to score better Thursday, which will be keyed by a strong ending from his Wednesday's round and his mental approach.
"I want to shoot better, because I left a few strokes out there today," Ziegler said.
Hanson will tee off at 12:16 p.m. and Ziegler at 11:40 a.m.
Class 1A boys' state golf meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, Wednesday-Thursday, June 16-17.
Top three individual scores --
1. Beau Hanson (Frazee) 36-35-71; t-2. Jesse Roscoe (Ortonville) 38-35-73; Dillon Schultz (Springfield) 73.
Frazee results -- 1. Hanson 36-35-71; t-56. Zack Ziegler 43-46-89.