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Second chance pays off for Frazee boys' golf team

Big dividends are being paid off for the effort to save the Frazee boys' golf team.

After learning the boys' golf team was being cut from the Frazee School District's budget last year, an undertaking was planned and executed to save it totally from the cutting block.

With a successful fundraising effort over the course of last summer and the fall, the boys' golf team was able to play a full schedule for the 2008 spring season.

And it's more than paying off.

The Hornets are experiencing their best season in over a decade, which was proven with their fifth-place finish in the Heart O'Lakes Conference meet Thursday at Wildflower Golf Course.

"That's the highest finish we've ever had," said Frazee head coach John Olson.

Frazee also added two players on the All-HOL team, as eighth grader Beau Hanson finished fifth overall with a six-over par 78 and Cody Nunn landed in 10th place with an 84.

Both players have consistently been shooting 40 or less in the HOL nine-hole golf tournaments, while Hanson finished in the top six at the pre-section meet at Longbow Golf Course in Walker with a four-over par 76.

Frazee has taken fourth-place four times in HOL meets, which is by far the best the team has done in quite some time.

"We have four consistent golfers posting good scores in each meet," Olson said.

The level of talent isn't the only improvement from past years, but the appreciation of even playing a schedule has provided good motivation for the squad.

"They all put out the effort and appreciate that they are able to play," the Frazee coach said. "It has really made a difference."

The future of the program is still in the shadows, with the Frazee school board not addressing the issue of restoring the teams which were cut last year after the successful passage of last fall's referendum.

There is hope, though, and that hope is being built up with a competitive team coming to the helm during the 2008 season.