Jeffers holds off Mustangs for Upper Peninsula girls Division 2 golf championship

NORWAY — Jeffers turned back two other schools for its first Upper Peninsula Division 2 girls golf title Wednesday at Oak Crest Golf Course.

The Jets tallied a season-low 481 in beating Munising, which totaled 487, and West Iron County with 490. Four other schools did not have the required four golfers for a team score.

Sydney Curtis shot 107 to lead the Munising girls and tie for fourth place overall. Teammate Taylor Downs added 112, Kennedy Tate 132 and Olivia Koenig 136.

“I told them all when we got here that it can be a difficult course,” said Jeffers coach Tyler Bailey. “You just try to play away from the trouble and have fun with it. Do your best and good things will happen.”

Gracia Asiala led the Jets with a 103.

“She had an excellent round,” Bailey said.

Alexis Bailey, the coach’s sister, followed with a 114. Grace Rajala added 122 and Emma Wakeham had 142.

“We’ve had a pretty decent season all year,” coach Bailey said. “As far as expectations, they really wanted to win. They knew they had the potential to pull it off.”

With four players required for a team score, the Jets needed a fourth at the start of the year and Wakeham responded to the call.

“Emma needed convincing to play softball and golf,” Bailey said. “She was really nervous the first time out.

“This was her first-time playing but she’s come a long way. She’ll remember this forever.”

Medalist Payton Dube, the only girl on the Hancock squad, posted a 10-over par 84 for her first U.P. title. The sophomore was runner-up last season.

“Just being able to get on in regulation really helps to be able to score well,” Dube said. “It’s all about making the smart plays.”

She had a birdie on each nine Wednesday.

“When I hit good drives it gives me confidence that my next shot will be good, too,” Dube said. “If I start thinking about the score then I kind of lose focus.

“You just have to practice all the time and work on different parts of your game,” said Dube, who is considering a return to Norway this summer for the U.P. Ladies Golf Association championships.

Norway sophomore Danae Anderson and Asiala shared runner-up medalist at 103. Munising’s Curtis and Newberry’s Riley Burton each shot 107.

Also for the Indians, Felicia Raymond shot 115.