Flivver girls top GNC rivals; Myllyla leads boys team to 2nd-place finish
IRON MOUNTAIN — The Kingsford girls varsity golf team is heating up as its 2022 season winds down, with the Flivvers winning the Great Northern Conference meet at the Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain on Monday afternoon.
Kingsford won with a team total of 207, beating out Escanaba (209) by 2 strokes and Marquette (214) by 7 strokes in the nine-hole event. Menominee was fourth in the team standings with a 218.
“Great team win for us,” Kingsford girls golf coach Lisa Harry said. “We are starting to get more consistent, which helps tremendously with the overall score.”
The Flivvers were led by day’s best golfer in the girls division, Bryonna Sanders (43), and teammate Grace Maki (46), who medaled and posted two of the three best scores at the conference meet. Menominee’s Madison Derusha also medaled shooting a 45.
“Bryonna and Grace really had nice rounds,” Harry added. “Home course advantage definitely helps.”
Also scoring for Kingsford were Maggie Menghini (55) and Amanda Yu (63). Ella Rizzo added a 68 but did not figure in the team score.
In the boys division, the second-place Flivvers missing sweeping the day by just a single stroke in finishing the event with a team tally of 166. That was one more that the match’s winner Marquette (165) but 11 better than third-place Escanaba (177).
Menominee was nipping on Marquette’s heels, finishing with a 179, while Gladstone posted a 213 in finishing fifth.
Individually, however, Kingsford again had the best golfer on the day with Cole Myllyla hitting a match-best 38. That was enough to beat fellow medalist Marquette’s Adam Heikkila and Menominee’s Andrew MacIntyre, both of whom shot a 39, and Marquette’s Jace Moore (41).
“Cole played well and held it together for his first GNC match win,” Flivvers boy coach Ryan Pepin. “He is progressing nicely and in perfect timing for the GNC finals and U.P.s.”
Along with Myllyla, Lance Harry and Jake Crockford both tallied 42s, while Troy Watt rounded out the team score with a 44.
Flivver Daniel Maki finished with a 51, though that did not figure in Kingsford’s team score.