Tirschel, LaVigne win UP best ball tournament

Tom LaVigne and Chad Tirschel, left, defeated Dennis Hruska and Scott Koski on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the UP Men's Best Ball Tournament at Pine Grove Country Club. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Norway’s Chad Tirschel and Iron Mountain’s Tom LaVigne captured the UP Men’s Best Ball Tournament in a two-hole playoff Sunday at Pine Grove Country Club.

Tirschel’s 25-foot uphill birdie putt on the second playoff hole (No. 18) decided the tournament. Tirschel and LaVigne matched pars with Marquette’s Dennis Hruska and Scott Koski on the first extra hole (No. 1).

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

Tirschel-LaVigne birdied holes 6, 12, 13 and 15, with only one 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.

Paul Bujold and Dale Ward, who tee off Monday in the UP Senior tournament in Marquette, took first flight with a 69.

In the annual Father’s Day weekend tournament, former Kingsford High School standout Jon Wolfe notched the tournament’s lone eagle on No. 15. Wolfe, who won the 2000 Dickinson County men’s tournament 10 strokes, teamed up Sunday with his dad, Ron, to finish second in fourth flight with a 77.

Flight results:

Championship — 1. Chad Tirschel-Tom LaVigne 68; 2. Dennis Hruska-Scott Koski 68; 3. Mitch Francois-Joe Collard 69; 4. Jim Myllyla-Steve Douglas 69; 5. Jim Markell-Dan Anderson 69; 6. Jon Ellis-Randy Ellis 69; 7. Chris Ninomiya-Tim Ninomiya 69; 8. Marc Mogan-Scott Sanders 69; 9. Tim Steiger-Jack Croci 69

First Flight — Paul Bujold-Dale Ward Jr 69

Second Flight — Travis Tauer-Jordan Barto 72 (won on countback)

Third Flight — Robert Luke-Joseph Luke 74 (won on countback)

Fourth Flight — Scott Zeuske-Paul Menghini 76

Fifth Flight — Dan Michaud-Brandon Michaud 79 (won on countback)

Sixth Flight — Ray Cameron-Jeff Gussert 81 (won on countback)

Seventh Flight — Glen Cummings-Rod Gordon 84 (won on countback)

Eighth Flight — Mike Constantini-Ric Dallapiazza 86

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