The FRA girls and boys golf teams continued their incredible seasons Monday, adding TSSAA Region Championships to their lists of accomplishments. The girls captured their fifth team title of the season, and more impressively, their seventh straight region championship. After setting a school record with a 5 under par 139 to capture last week's district crown, senior Angelina Chan set the school individual record with an incredible round of 63. She made nine birdies and nine pars, eclipsing the school record of 65 shot by Ashley Lance in 2006. This was Chan's fourth straight individual region title. Sophomore Tzunami Polito continued her strong season with a runner-up finish shooting 79. Polito, who won the Patriot Classic title and has four runner-up finishes this season, is looking to improve upon her second place finish in the state championship last year. Freshman Emily Wilson rounded out the Panthers' great showing, shooting a round of 83 and finishing fourth overall. The Panthers will begin their State Title defense next week.
The varsity boys team may be the youngest team in the region, but with leadership from senior Josh Holtschlag, the Panthers won the Region Championship by 5 shots over rival CPA. Holtschlag secured his third title of the year, shooting one under par 71. This was Holtschlag's third consecutive region title, and he has finished top 10 in the state the last three years. The team followed Holtschlag's lead - sophomore Aaron Schierbaum finished eighth with a season-best 77; sophomore Alex Mick finished tied for 10th with a 78; and sophomore Aidan Call finished tied for 13th with a 79. This is the first region title for the boys since Division II expanded in 2016 and their first trip to the state tournament in three years.
Both teams will play in the TSSAA Division II-A State Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester.