Spring Grove's Karl Frisk caps off standout senior season with top-five state finish

Spring Grove High senior Karl Frisk winds up for his tee shot during the PIAA Class 3-A State Championship on Tuesday. Frisk finished T4 in the event with a 1-under 70.
  • Spring Grove's Karl Frisk shot a 1-under 70 at the PIAA Class 3-A golf tournament.
  • Frisk finished in a tie for fourth, three shots out of first place.
  • Frisk had earlier won the York-Adams League title and finished as the District 3 3-A runner-up.

By looking at Karl Frisk after his round, it would be hard to tell he had just posted a top-five finish in the state championship tournament.

The Spring Grove High School senior was disappointed, despite his 1-under-par 70 score that secured him a tie for fourth at the PIAA Class 3-A State Championship at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. It was the best state finish of his career.

Frisk's disappointment, however, stemmed from the fact that, for a second straight event, he stepped onto the 18th tee atop the leaderboard but left without the victory.

Frisk went into the final hole at 3-under with a one-shot lead on a group of golfers behind him on the course. The Rockets’ senior hit his tee shot into the water, and the penalty and two-putt effort on the green led to a double bogey and a slide down the leaderboard.

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At the District 3 championship event earlier this month, Frisk held a lead headed into the 18th hole as well, before an out-of-bounds shot led to a double bogey that cost him the title that eventually went to Carlisle's  John Peters, and Duke University recruit, in a playoff.

“I’ve had a streak of that this season, of not being able to finish well very often,” Frisk said. “I’ve finished well a couple times, but I don’t know what it is for me. I just gotta figure it out in the offseason.”

“It just sucks to give up that many shots on the last hole,” Frisk said. “I just hate finishing like that, and it’s been a pattern, but it’s going to break soon.”

Spring Grove High senior Karl Frisk winds up for his tee shot during the PIAA Class 3-A State Championship on Tuesday. Frisk finished T4 in the event with a 1-under 70.

Some of the sting from Frisk's disappointment was eased when Holy Ghost Prep’s Calen Sanderson birdied No. 17 and No. 18 to finish at 4-under 67 to win the event. So, even if Frisk was able to par the final hole, it wouldn’t have been enough.

Back-nine run: Frisk had to work hard on the front nine to give himself a chance to make a run at the title. He birdied the ninth hole to get back to even par at the turn and picked up some real momentum.

The Spring Grove senior recorded birdies on 11, 13 and 14 and had birdie chances on 16 and 17. Until 18, each of Frisk’s drives landed farther than his playing partners and in the center of the fairway.

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“I was really happy to make that (on No. 9), and then I knew on the back nine I was going to have some (scoring) opportunities. I just needed to make some putts, and I did,” Frisk said. “I made some really good putts on the first couple holes of the back nine and continued to hit good putts, (but) they just didn’t fall.”

Reflecting on strong senior season: Although the year ended in a somewhat disappointing fashion, Frisk was able to reflect on a strong senior campaign that saw him win his first York-Adams League title, finish second at the District 3 Class 3-A event and tie for fourth at the premier tournament of the high school year in Pennsylvania.

“It was a good senior season; it was a final good year,” Frisk said. “I had higher expectations, but I’m glad I wasn’t very far off of them. It was a good year. As much as I can complain about it, it was a good year. I just have to keep my head down and keep playing.”

Other York-Adams players: Frisk’s teammate, Noah Keener, shot a 13-over 84 to finish 42nd in the event, while York Suburban’s Athen Sacher tied for 38th with an 11-over 82 score.

Dallastown High junior Makensy Knaub winds up for her tee shot during the PIAA Class 3-A State Championship on Tuesday. Knaub finished 19th with a 12-over 84.

Fresh off her second straight Y-A League title and a District 3 3-A championship, Dallastown’s Makensy Knaub finished 19th on the girls’ leaderboard after she posted a 12-over 84.

Dallastown High School golfer wins District 3 Class 3-A girls' championship

Just behind Knaub was West York’s Lillian McNally, whose 14-over 86 score landed her at No. 20.

West Chester East's Victoria Kim and Emmaus's Michelle Cox tied for first at 72 in the girls' 3-A event. Kim then took the title in a one-hole playoff.

— Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.