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Parting shots from the U.P. D2 golf tourney

June 4, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Norway finished one shot behind champion Hancock in the U.P. Division 2 boys golf finals at Oak Crest Golf Course.

Sophomore Austin Hansen, a runner-up medalist with a 77, wanted to see the Knights seniors go out with a U.P. title.

“We had a real good team this year” said Hansen, who notched an eagle during the finals. “We just wanted to win this for our seniors (Mike Zygiel and Bo Brew) so bad. It hurts a little right to come up a stroke short.”

Zygiel, son of coach Tony Zygiel, is a four-year varsity golfer for the Knights whose commitment, work ethic and leadership seems to have influenced his younger teammates.

"He is a very good golfer and I am a big believer that people should have every chance to win at anything come senior year," Hansen told Daily News sports editor Ron Deuter earlier in the year. "We understand as a team that we must all participate to win, and it takes four good scores to win a golf tournament.

"We want to win for ourselves as well, and we have our own reasons for trying to play our best.”

Medalists from the U.P. Division 2 meet — Katelynn Johnson of Iron Mountain and Tristen Leaf of L’Anse — gave high marks to tourney site Oak Crest Golf Course.

“It’s a very good golf course and it’s well kept,” said Leaf, who registered a two-over 74.

Johnson described Oak Crest as a “fun course.”

“Those short par 3s are tough,” said Johnson, noting sand traps come into play. “You really need good placement for pars.”



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