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U.P. gets golf raves

July 24, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Upper Peninsula golf has received excellent statewide recognition in a magazine published by the Golf Association of Michigan.

The July-August issue of Michigan Links features two articles and eight pictures, plus the cover shot of No. 6 at Greywalls Golf Club in Marquette. Pictures in the article are from Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, TimberStone Golf Club in Iron Mountain, Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, The Rock on Drummond Island, Wawashkamo Golf Course on Mackinac Island and Greywalls.

The attractive cover is headlined "The Upper Hand" with a sub-head that says "Michigan's U.P. boasts great golf and unrivaled beauty."

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

The five-page section highlights the four major championship courses along with attractions and dining spots near that quartet. The second article, headlined "Come for the Big Four and stay for more," provides a summary of other notable U.P. courses and attractions.

I was asked to write the articles by managing editor Steve Wilke and contacted noted U.P. golfers Brian Robinette of Escanaba and Scott Erickson of Marquette for their observations.

"There are so many hidden gems," said Erickson. "For a destination in the summer, you can't compete with golf in the U.P."

Robinette said "those (Big Four) are just tremendous golf courses. We're every bit as fortunate as any place. We can play what I consider upper echelon golf courses for more than reasonable prices."

* Keziah Keller of Escanaba won the women's division of the YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon Saturday in Negaunee. She finished 14th overall in one hour, 11.02:8 seconds.

Jeff Juntti of Negaunee won the men's division in 57:46.8.

Participants had a quarter-mile swim in Teal Lake, 12.4-mile bicycle ride and a 3.1-mile run.

* Steve Bratonia and Lou Gendron teamed up for a really rare golf shot Tuesday. They had a double eagle 2 on the 16th hole at Gladstone Golf Club as part of a seven-man scramble. The group used Bratonia's tee shot, then Gendron dunked the approach from 175 yards.

* Former West Iron County basketball coach Kent Meyer has landed a top award with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Meyer was selected by fans as the No. 1 beer vendor at Miller Park. The contest was conducted in June, with more than 100 vendors up for honors. Meyer landed 20 percent of the vote.

Nicknamed "The Iceman" by appreciative fans, Meyer will be honored Aug. 28 and will throw out the first pitch before the game against Pittsburgh. The first 15,000 adults will receive a Miller Lite beer vendor bobblehead.

* Mark Collins, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, will be a defensive assistant coach for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Collins has held coaching posts at seven colleges.



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