Lansing's 54-hole All City golf championship begins Friday morning with 162 players, only three of whom are women. I met the youngest player in the field Thursday, practicing on the driving range. He is 12-year old Luke Schafer, who will be a 7th grader at Williamston Middle School this fall. He has played in other tournaments, but this is his first all city.
Luke plays at 10:40am Friday on Akers West, then plays the East Saturday. Sunday's rounds are on either Eagle Eye or Hawk Hollow depending on how players stand after 36 holes. Schafer says he hopes he can break 90 from the back tees all three days.
Akers East has unveiled its new 18th hole, a par 3 and not a par 4. It has a new tee and green location, adjacent the old 18th hole layout. The change will help the adjacent driving range become enlarged in the future.
Carson Castellani of the MSU golf team is the defending champion.