By Justin Marietti
For The Daily News
ESCANABA - Norway put together a very strong performance to win its second boys golf tournament of the week, topping an eight-team field at the Northern Michigan Bank Golf Invite Thursday at Escanaba Country Club.
Justin Marietti/Daily Press Photo
The Norway Knights boys golf team poses with their trophy after finishing first at the Escanaba Golf Invite, Thursday, at the Escanaba Country Club. From left, Bryce Kelly, Mike Zygiel, Austin Hansen, Justin Anderson, and Judd Gregg. Hansen finished first overall.
Norway, led by medalist Austin Hansen's 77, totaled 337 to finish ahead of host Escanaba (341) and Gladstone (343). Iron Mountain took sixth with 358.
"It's my first win ever, and I'm pretty happy about that, especially playing against the big guys today," Hansen said. "We were projected to have a pretty good team this year. Our ultimate goal is to win for our senior (Mike Zygiel). Hopefully, we'll do that. As a team effort, I think we're going to be good for two or three more years."
Knights coach Tony Zygiel said that considering his team hasn't had much practice, he's very pleased with the way they are scoring.
"We can only hope to get better, but this is a good meet for us," he said. "I'm really happy with the way they played."
Hansen was followed by Ben Lasecki of Gladstone, who earned a 79. Brett Specker of Marquette, Dylan Gauthier of Escanaba, Dave Dykowski of Gladstone, and Bryce Kelly of Norway all tied for third place with a score of 83.
Austin Blomquist and Matt Willman led Iron Mountain, both scoring 85.
The top finisher for the girls was Marquette's Avery Rochester, who scorched the competition once again with a score of 85. Escanaba took the team title at 405, followed by Gladstone (343) and Munising (452).
Iron Mountain and Norway did not qualify for a team score.
Cassie Feira shot 115 to lead the IM girls trio while Paige Sheski had 126 for the Knights.
Norway (337) - Hansen 77, Kelly 83, Anderson 87, Zygiel 90, Gregg 102.
Escanaba (341) - Gauthier 83, Casperson 85, Laviolette 85, Aird 88, Fournier 89.
Gladstone (343) - Lasecki 79, Dykowski 83, Scheeneman 85, Pouliot 96, Lamberg 98.
Munising (348) - Mahoski 85, Immel 86, Webster 88, Tweedale 89, Mannisto 92.
Marquette (348) - Specker 83, S. Frazier 85, J. Frazier 86, Weber 94, Rochester 101.
Iron Mountain (358) - Blomquist 85, Willman 85, Johnson 91, Ward 97, Opolka 101.
Negaunee (366) - Renaldi 87, Katona 88, Argall 95, Wilber 96, Uren 104.
Menominee (375) - Jersey 92, Modschiedler 93, Hegg 94, Macconx 96, Schewe 97.
Escanaba (405) - Motto 92, Dagenais 102, Shelafoe 104, Strom 107, Bink 128.
Gladstone (432) - Jensen 94, Tardiff 108, Demeuse 109, Pardonnet 121, Cavadeas 129.
Munising (452) - Nottmeier 96, Matson 107, Immel 120, Murray 129, Desjardins 137.
Menominee (463) - Sancier 107, Krah 116, Mathias 119, Barley 121.
Negaunee (553) - Flannery 115, Erva 132, Silvestre 142, Grant 164.
Marquette (NA) - Rochester 85, Anderson 118.
Iron Mountain (NA) - Feira 115, Pirkola 126, Herman 163.
Norway (NA) - Sheski 126, Glanville 131.