By Jeff Steers
(June 19, 2022 8:00 AM) Hanover-Horton High School senior Brady Applegate said a friend told him he was one stroke up heading into the final hole of the Cascades Conference tournament during the finals in May.
Applegate proceeded to par the hole by keeping the ball in play and relying on his putter.
That improvement has shown up this season for the HHHS golfer.
Applegate tied for 10th on June 11 at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state golf tournament at the Fortress Golf Course.
He finished with rounds of 73 and 81 to tie for the last medal spot in the tournament.
The Fortress, in Frankenmuth, is one of the newer golf courses in the rotation for the MHSAA.
“The course is really tight and the greens are faster than anything I have played before,” Applegate said. “I played my butt off on Friday to shoot a 73.”
Hanover-Horton finished 14th as a team out of 18 teams, but should have the same nucleus of golfers back in 2023.
The Comets easily won the Cascades Conference – taking all of the jamboree as the conference tournament. Applegate was in a battle all year with Ben Maino of East Jackson for the top individual spot.
“I usually don’t look at the scores until the last whole,” Applegate said of the competition. “One of my friends I was playing with pulled out his phone and said I was one up heading into the final hole.”
Applegate finished fifth a year ago in the Cascades Conference, but moved up to the top spot in 2022.
“It was a matter of being able to this the ball straight and putting better,” Applegate said of his improvement.
Applegate improved from 173 at the state meet in 2021 to 154 this season.
He plans to play in more R.W. Mercer Junior Golf Tour events and Jackson tournaments including the Lyle Ambs, Jackson County Open, and the Jackson Masters.
“I an just trying to improve for next year’s golf season,” he said.
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