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Frey Books Return Trip to State

Griffin Frey will be back at the state golf tournament after a three-year layoff. Frey shot a seven-over-par 79 at the district tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs, finishing fifth and winning a berth in the state’s biggest high school tournament for the second time.

Frey’s 79 was just six strokes off the pace set by district champion Harry Satterlee of Joplin, who finished with a 73. Gaige Lewis of Kickapoo was the only other southwest Missouri golfer to finish ahead of Fry. He shot a 78. Meyer Lively of Nixa tied Frey at 79.

“That was a heck of a 79,” said coach Kris Flood. ” was a difficult course, and it was windy today.”

Frey is the only Republic golfer to advance. Cason Bekemeier struggled around the green and ended up shooting an 85 (+13). Jace Henry finished one stroke behind Bekemeier at 86. McCord Deken shot an 89 and Brayden Tharp a 96.

Republic finished sixth out of 16 teams.

Frey’s fifth-place finish also earns him all-district honors.

The Class 5 state tournament will be held next week at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. It will be Frey’s second state appearance. He qualified as a freshman, lost a season to COVID as a sophomore, then barely missed the qualifying cut as a junior.

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