Norway claims Niagara Invitational golf meet

NC Mercier finishes runner-up, with a two over Par 73

NORWAY — A total of 17 teams took to the links at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway to compete in the Niagara Invitational boys golf meet, with Norway placing first and Kingsford taking second.

The host Badgers, who have a new coach this season, Brad Perry, had four golfers compete on the day.

Norway’s score of 325 earned the team trophy. The Knights were led by Jeffrey VanHolla, Drew Anderson and Carson Chartier, all with a score of 80. Evan Anderson followed with an 85 and Tyler Parker cared a 113 to round out the team score for Norway.

Leading Kingsford was Matt Solda with a 76, which was good for third place, individually. Troy Watt recorded an 87, Daniel Maki a 96 and Jack Perpich and Lance Harry each scored 97 to round out the Flivvers’ team score of 356.

North Central’s Bryson Mercier finished runner-up, individually, with a 73, one stroke behind medalist Kaden Bailey of St. Thomas Aquinas, who came in one over par at 72.

West Iron senior Nathan Thomson recorded a 77 for the Wykons, who only had three golfers compete on the day.

Third place went to Northland Pines (Eagle River, Wis.), 366. Laona-Wabeno was next with a 374, followed by fifth place Coleman, 385.

Iron Mountain finished sixth, with low scorer Ricky Brown carding an 80. Brett Ramme, 100, Gabe Celello, 105, Joe Colavecchi, 112, and Zach Erickson, 125, rounded out the Mountaineers team score.

Mercier and the Jets finished seventh, with a team score of 406. Brent LaBonte’s 105 followed Mercier’s runner-up finish.

Florence sent two golfers to the event — Brock Taff, 108, and Dominic DeMuri, 118. The host Badgers low scorer was Nate Olson with a 117.

The Forest Park Trojans sent a full team of five golfers to the meet, with Casey Siewiorek carding a team-best 114. Brad Stacy and Ethan Kopf each came in with scores of 116.

On Friday, a handful of the teams return to Oak Crest for the Norway Invitational. Iron Mountain, Kingsford, West Iron, Forest Park, Niagara and North Central will compete.

The Jets return to action on Monday at The Oaks Club (formally Irish Oaks) in Gladstone, in a scramble meet. Kingsford travels to Menominee on Thursday, while West Iron competes in the Baraga Invitational the same day.


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