CRIVITZ — Hunter’s Glen Golf Course had a picture-perfect day to host its first Upper Peninsula Golf Association (UPGA) sanctioned golf tournament in over a decade on July 20.
The two-man senior scramble format attracted 21 teams that were divided into three seven-team groups based upon the total age of the two players.
Jeff McCall and Steve Douglas, playing out of Terrace Bluff in Gladstone, Mich., carded a front-nine 31 and paired it with a 33 on the back to shoot 64 and take first place in the lowest age group. They also won a skin with a birdie on the 11th hole.
Pete Kretz and Glen Reinke of Marinette’s Little River Country Club recorded a 65 (32-33) for second, and their seven birdies proved to be opportunistic as four of them resulted in skins.
Third place was claimed by Pete Ninnemann and Jerry Stoltenberg of Hunter’s Glen with a 66 (34-32) in a tiebreaker victory over Mark Ray and Mike Brayak (32-34) out of Escanaba. Ray was the 2019 UPGA Senior Champion.
In the intermediate age group, Bill Lindmark and Rich Heesacker of Royal Scot in New Franken, Wis. came in first with 10 birdies and two eagles for a 14-under-par score of 58 (28-30). Both eagles and two of the birdies allowed them to claim four of the six possible skins in their age group. Tom Marking and Steve Wineland of Hunter’s Glen fired a 63 (30-33) to earn second place laurels, and their birdie on No. 11 won them a skin as well.
Jim Wagner and Terry Woods of Little River came in third with a 64 (34-30), and their birdie on No. 2 garnered them the final skin of the age group, and Rick Nelson and Ed Surowiec of Hunter’s Glen came in foruth with a 67 (33-34). Further proof that this tournament attracts many quality golfers, Wagner was the 2015, 2016 and 2017 UPGA Senior Champion.
The oldest age group was taken by Dave Wernicke and Dave Larson out of Hunter’s Glen, who birdied a remarkable 14 of 18 holes played, breaking 30 on each nine for an 18-hole score of 58 (29-29). Their ages, 80 and 76 respectively, allowed each of them to play from the shorter orange tees, which prompted some ribbing from the gallery. Just one of the birdies on hole No. 3 resulted in a skin. Florian Kotecki and Murray Neppl of Hunter’s Glen took second with a 64 (34-30), an Gary Richards and Bob McCarthy of Iron River Golf Course shot a 66 (32-34) for third place. Keith Nelson and Mark Aubry of Hunter’s Glen fired a 66 (33-33) to place fourth in a tiebreaker.