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Frazier golf team shines in early going

Jason Black | Daily Courier - Frazier golfer Mark Dillon takes a swing during a match on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Black | Daily Courier</em></div>Frazier golfer Mark Dillon takes a swing during a match on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Jason Black | Daily Courier - Uniontown players (from left) Garrett Fox, Nate Guerriere and Rodney Harris hope to have a big impact for the Red Raiders on the offensive line.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Black | Daily Courier</em></div>Uniontown players (from left) Garrett Fox, Nate Guerriere and Rodney Harris hope to have a big impact for the Red Raiders on the offensive line.
Getty Images - The Pirates' A.J. Burnett reacts after walking the Giants' Buster Posey during the fifth inning Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>The Pirates' A.J. Burnett reacts after walking the Giants' Buster Posey during the fifth inning Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.

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Quick facts

• Larry Mikesell is in his 28th year as coach of the Frazier golf team. He is the only coach the program has ever had.

• Frazier hosts Mt. Pleasant in a Section 2-AA match Monday.

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It's early in the season, but the Frazier golf team is already showing traits of a winner.

“They are resilient,” Frazier coach Larry Mikesell said.

Mikesell used a 220-222 season-opening win over Section 2-AA rival Greensburg Central Catholic as a testament to the team's tenacity. “We came back at the end. We had six birdies. We could have just given up and taken a beating.”

Instead, the Commodores scored their first victory at Mt. Odin Golf Course, which Mikesell hopes is a catalyst for future successes.

“We want to go to the playoffs, but we're in a really strong section,” Mikesell said. “But we've already gotten over one hurdle by beating Greensburg away. And we had a good showing at the Fayette County Open.”

Mikesell said there are several factors that have gone into the team's strong start. Many of the players participated in a summer league, which was conducted by Jeff Miller at Linden Hall Golf Course. Mikesell also credited Linden Hall for providing support during its home matches throughout the season.

For the Commodores to continue their strong play, they'll have to get steady contributions throughout the lineup.

Frazier lost starters Andrea Lash and Josh Olbrys to graduation, but the Commodores have experience in the starting lineup.

Senior Hunter Clay and sophomore Annika Erdely will play the first and second positions, respectively, and both are letterwinners. Sophomore Mark Dillon and junior Gregg Masneri are slotted in the third and fourth spots in the order. Rounding out the top six are junior Josh Miller and senior Jake Koltiska, both letterwinners.

According to Mikesell, Clay and Miller have been strong thus far.

“They are leaders for us,” Mikesell said. “They have taken charge, and that's what you need.”

Sophomores Emily Marshall and Blair Elliott have shown promise and give the Commodores depth.

Mikesell said he is pleased with the dedication the players have shown.

“They seem like they are really interested in golf,” Mikesell said. “They are eager and willing to play. We played a lot of holes in the preseason, and there is a lot of athleticism on this team.”

Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com.

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