IRON MOUNTAIN - Participants in the 98th annual U.P. Golf Association (UPGA) Men's Championships like the work of Rich Victorson and his crew.
Victorson, Pine Grove Country Club superintendent since 1978, will be recognized tonight as the 2012 UPGA Honoree.
Victorson and staff are responsible for Pine Grove's first-class condition.
"Just incredible," Negaunee's Dave Ellis said of Pine Grove. "There isn't a blade of grass out of place."
Menominee's Tim Drees, who shot a 65 Thursday to gain a four-shot lead over Dave Ellis and his twin brother Dan, described Pine Grove's shape as "great from tee to green."
"Rich is the unseen force behind the excellent course conditions that U.P. golfers have enjoyed at Pine Grove for the last 34 years," UPGA announced. "Rich Victorson is the heart and soul of the Pine Grove golf course."
Victorson is scheduled to be honored at 7 tonight during the UPGA banquet.
- Slow play Thursday resulted in the postponement of the long drive contest from Thursday to tonight.
Drees' group toured Pine Grove in five and a half hours.
"It helped that I had a good group of guys," Drees said of dealing with the delay. "We talked a lot and had a good time."
Negaunee's Dan Ellis, a Michigan State University golf standout, knows all about long days on the golf course. The Spartans play 36 holes a day in some matches and spend more than 10 hours out there.
"It makes you learn how to be patient," Dan said of playing in college golf tournaments. "You get better at managing the time when you're not playing. You just relax and get your mind out of it a little."