Marquette Golf Club’s Scott Prunick runner-up, Wawonowin Country Club’s Carter Mason 3rd and Nash Soli 4th at Upper Peninsula Golf Association Championship tournament
MENOMINEE — Scott Prunick of the Marquette Golf Club held on to his No. 2 position, but it was fellow Marquette County golfer Carter Mason who shot the round of the day at the Upper Peninsula Golf Association Championship tournament on Sunday.
Playing at Riverside Golf Club in Menominee, Wawonowin Country Club’s Mason posted the lowest round of the day, 71, among the 62 golfers who competed in the final round.
That propelled Mason from 10th entering the day into third place in the championship flight.
Conditions looked to have been toughest on Sunday as that was the only day no one in the field shot a score in the 60s and also the only day any of the golfers in the championship flight had a score exceeding 80.
The overall winner was Matt Argall of Terrace Bluff in Gladstone, who shot 76 Sunday to finish with 292 after rounds of 73 on Thursday, 69 Friday and 74 Saturday.
Argall, who also won this tourney in 2015 when it was held at Little River Country Club in nearby Marinette, Wisconsin, has lived most of his life in the Gladstone area after being born and raised in his formative years in the Ishpeming area.
Prunick matched Argall’s 76 on Sunday, leaving him three back at 295 following earlier rounds of 69, 76 and 74. Prunick led the field by two strokes after Thursday’s opening round.
Mason came in at 71-78-77-71–297 after he was tied for second on Thursday.
Mason’s fellow Wawonowin competitor Nash Soli also made a significant move up Sunday, shooting 74 to rise from ninth to a tie for fourth with 74-72-79-74–299. While he matched the score posted by Brian Robinette of Escanaba Country Club (71-77-75-76–299), Soli is listed as the fourth-place finisher.
And a third Wawonowin golfer also moved up on Sunday. Mark Clements sat 12th before a 76 moved him up into a tie for ninth with 78-74-78-76–306.
Clements won this tourney in 1997 and 2001 and was runner-up the past two years. Last year, he lost by a single stroke to Bryce Douglas of Gladstone, while in 2018, he was the “best of the rest” as young sensation Hunter Eichhorn of Carney won the event by 13 strokes with a 21-under-par total.
This is the rest of the championship flight — Steve Schmidt, Riverside, 73-72-75-80–300 (sixth); Tim Kramer, Riverside, 74-73-76-79–302 (seventh); John Kositzky Jr., Terrace Bluff, 73-79-69-83–304 (eighth); Joe Quinn, Gladstone, 74-77-72-83–306 (tied for ninth); Evan Kramer, Riverside, 72-79-77-79–307 (11th); and Kyle Pouliot, Terrace Bluff, 71-73-80-84–308 (12th).
In the first flight, Chris Rhoades of the Marquette Golf Club shot 79 Sunday to finish sixth with 73-86-75-79–313. He was eight strokes behind flight winner Scott Lauerman of Riverside after trailing by just three entering the final round.
Also in that flight, Steve Kaiser of Indian Lake near Manistique finished with 84 to end up at 80-78-80-84–322 in 10th.
In the second flight, Stephen Swentik of Wawonowin shot 84 the final day for 79-88-82-84–333, good for ninth place.
Rick Rhoades of Marquette held off Nate Rousseau of Gladstone to win the third flight by two strokes. The pair shot identical rounds on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with only Rhoades’ low round of the tourney on Saturday making the difference. Rhoades had 85-85-68-76–314, while Rousseau came in at 85-85-70-76–316.
In that same flight, Scott Koski of Marquette came in third with 86-86-77-73–322, while Bruce Crookham of Wawonowin was fifth with 84-85-85-80–334.
And in the sixth flight, Jordan Mason of Wawonowin won by a whopping 19 strokes after shooting the flight’s two lowest rounds on Saturday and Sunday, finishing 91-97-80-83–351.
That total score matched the highest total from the fourth flight and bettered four of the seven scores in the fifth flight.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.