Marquette’s Dennis Hruska, Scott Koski lose in finals on 2nd playoff hole at Upper Peninsula Men’s Best Ball tournament

From left, Tom LaVigne and Chad Tirschel defeated Dennis Hruska and Scott Koski on the second playoff hole on June 17 to win the Upper Peninsula Men’s Best Ball Tournament held at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Burt Angeli)

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 25-foot uphill birdie putt on the second playoff hole clinched the championship for a pair of Dickinson County golfers over their visitors from Marquette at the Upper Peninsula Men’s Best Ball Tournament held June 17 at Pine Grove Country Club.

Tom LaVigne of Iron Mountain watched playing partner Chad Tirschel of Norway snake in the winning putt on the 18th green after they and Dennis Hruska and Scott Koski of Marquette each parred the first extra hole at No. 1.

With rain wiping out Saturday’s round and Pine Grove playing to a par-71 on Father’s Day, the Tirschel-LaVigne and Hruska-Koski tandems each shot 68 in regulation.

Tirschel-LaVigne birdied holes 6, 12, 13 and 15, with only a bogey on No. 4. Hruska-Koski, who played a bogey-free round, notched birdies on 1, 2 and 18.

Eight teams shot 69 including 16-time champions Jim Markell of Iron Mountain and Dan Anderson of Norway. They included Mitch Francois and Joe Collard, Jim Myllyla and Steve Douglas, Jim Markell and Dan Anderson, Jon Ellis and Randy Ellis, Chris Ninomiya and Tim Ninomiya, Marc Morgan and Scott Sanders, Tim Steiger and Jack Croci, and Paul Bujold and Dale Ward Jr.

Bujold and Ward were named winners of the first flight, while the others were part of the championship flight.

Here are the other flight winners with their scores — 2nd, Travis Tauer and Jordan Barto, 72; 3rd, Robert Luke and Joseph Luke, 74; 4th, Scott Zeuske and Paul Menghini, 76; 5th, Dan Michaud and Brandon Michaud, 79; 6th, Ray Cameron and Jeff Gussert, 81; 7th, Glen Cummings and Rod Gordon, 84, 8th, Mike Constantini and Ric Dallapiazza, 86.


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