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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Sarah Frazier hits from the fairway Friday during the opening round of the Women's City tournament at Coyote Creek Golf Club.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

Women's City Golf

Teens get fast start, share lead

Only players under par, take 5-shot edge into weekend

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Leader board

First round

At Coyote Creek Golf Club


Sarah Frazier 2 under 70

Marissa Singer 2 under 70

Morgan Dabagia 3 over 75

Madison Chesnutt 3 over 75

Brooke Moser 4 over 76

Madison Dabagia 4 over 76

Sarah Frazier had worked on her strength and power. Marissa Singer had worked on resting her mind and body.

They came into Friday with different approaches to improve their respective golf games and it certainly paid off, as both fired 2-under-par 70s at Coyote Creek Golf Club to take a share of the lead after the first round of the Women's City Golf Tournament.

“I just need to stay focused and, just like today, continue to focus on hitting fairways and greens and try to make birdie on every hole,” said Frazier, a Bishop Dwenger senior, who recovered from a bogey on the first hole and wound up making four birdies.

Frazier, 17, and Singer, an 18-year-old Saint Francis player, have a five-stroke lead over Morgan Dabagia and IPFW's Madison Chesnutt heading into today's second round.

“Last year, I wasn't necessarily a very long hitter, so I've been working out with a trainer and trying to get stronger to get my drives to go farther and get shorter yardages into the green,” said Frazier, daughter of Sycamore Hills Golf Club professional Tim Frazier. “My trainer (at Orthopedics NorthEast) always tells me he wants to train me like an athlete, like any basketball player or football player.”

Frazier placed 24th at the IHSAA state finals last year, leading Bishop Dwenger to a 15th-place finish, in which Dabagia was fifth and led Homestead to a sixth-place finish.

Frazier tied for fifth in 2015 at the City Tournament, a three-day event that is run by the Fort Wayne Women's Golf Association.

“This is my home course for school, and I know the front nine pretty well but not the back nine,” Frazier said.

Singer, however, didn't have nearly as much knowledge of Coyote Creek, where Arnold Palmer won his first professional paycheck, as did her co-leader.

“I had actually never played here before,” Singer said.

“But I love it now. ... My caddie (Cougars coach Tim Alexander) knows this course really well, so that helped me out there a lot.”

So did her putter, which was used only 24 times as she made par on every front-nine hole, then birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 15 before falling into a tie with a bogey on the par-4 16th.

“My putter really saved me today,” Singer said, “and allowed me to get out of some tough situations.”

Singer finished off her freshman year by placing 21st at the NAIA National Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where she was tied for 10th heading into the final day. Indiana Tech's Courtney Dye, the 2016 city champion, won that tournament and shot a 78 Friday that put her into a tie for ninth place.

Singer had played in only one tournament since then, saying, “I just really wanted to rest up and, also, I had a bout of pneumonia that certainly didn't help things.”

Tied for fifth at 4 over are Brooke Moser and Madison Dabagia, while Betsy Schroeder and Simone Senk are 5 over.

Tied with Dye at ninth are Jaycee Bunner and Sydney Rybolt.