The Dow High girls’ golf team is still young, but the Chargers’ time has certainly arrived.
Dow is ranked No. 1 in Division 2 as the season winds down toward the Saginaw Valley League championship on Sept. 30, and the state finals on Oct. 16-17.
“It’s a nice recognition,” Dow coach Doug Bradford said of the No. 1 ranking. “It says a lot for the kids and the respect they’re getting from the other teams in the state. We hope that can continue. It’s neat for the kids. I’m excited for them.”
The Chargers’ top golfers this season have included defending SVL Most Valuable Golfer Stephanie Carras, a junior; her sister, sophomore Alexis Carras; Alexie Flaminio, the only senior on the team; sophomore Mina Fabiano; and junior Morgan Deiters.
Stephanie Carras shot the team’s best score of the season with a 2-under-par 70 at Currie Golf Course on Aug. 31.
“Alexis shot a par round one time,” Bradford noted. “They’re both capable of shooting real low scores. And we’ve got solid depth with the other girls obviously, too.
“We only have one senior, so it’s a young team. Hopefully it’s not just this year but next (that we make a good run in the state tournament).”
The Chargers, the two-time defending SVL champions, have won all three of their SVL jamborees so far, with one remaining this Thursday in Flint, followed by the league championship meet on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at The Fortress in Frankenmuth.
After that, it’s on to the regional on Oct. 7 at The Emerald in St. Johns, where the top three teams will advance to the state finals Oct. 16-17 at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek.
“It is a goal (to win the state title),” said Bradford, whose Chargers finished fifth at state last year in East Lansing. “We don’t talk about it a lot. Hopefully we can get out of regionals and get another shot (at states). If we get down there, we will definitely think about (a state title) as a possibility.”