BATTLE CREEK — Day one of the Division 2 state girls’ golf finals is in the books, and Dow High is in the mix for a team state championship.
The Chargers shot 337 Friday at Bedford Valley Golf Course, and are in second place halfway through the event, two strokes behind first-place Birmingham Seaholm.
“We’re right where we hoped to be going into day two,” said Dow coach Doug Bradford. “But there are a few teams within 10 or 20 strokes of each other, so (Saturday) should be fun.”
Dow finished the season ranked No. 1 in the state while Seaholm was No. 2. St. Joseph (344) is currently in third place, followed by South Lyon (347), Okemos (348) and Flushing (358). Flushing tied the Chargers for first place at last week’s regional championship, but Dow won the trophy thanks to a higher score from its fifth golfer.
Dow is in position to improve on its last two state tournaments — the Chargers placed fifth last year and third in 2013.
“We did a nice job. There were a couple of tough spots and a couple of the girls got out to a rough start,” Bradford said. “But we kept the ball in play, made some nice choices and displayed good course management.”
Junior Stephanie Carras led the Chargers with a 78. She is in second place, just one stroke behind Bloomfield Hills Marian’s Alexandra Robb.
“She had a triple (bogey) on the first hole, and I think a double (bogey) somewhere on the back nine,” Bradford said. “But other than that, she played exceptional. She was very consistent and she’s right there in terms of the individual championship.”
Carras placed third as a freshman two years ago, and fourth last year.
Stephanie’s sister, sophomore Alexis Carras, fired a seventh-place round of 81 while Alexie Flaminio tied for 17th with an 85 and Morgan Deiters carded a 93. The Chargers got a 96 from Mina Fabiano.
A frost advisory led to today’s second round being rescheduled to 11 a.m. — one hour later than the original start time. But, Bradford says, the cold and potentially windy conditions won’t deter his team from making a charge at the championship.
“The weather shouldn’t be much different than (Friday),” Bradford said. “If we post a score like we did in the first round, and go out and compete like we did (Friday), we should right there.”