GLADTONE - Good team depth is critical in a team scramble golf tournament, and that played right into Gladstone's hands here Friday.
The Braves won their Invitational with a 272 total for the three duets, finishing eight strokes ahead of Escanaba at Gladstone Golf Club. Each duo broke 100, with only eight other twosomes breaking the century mark, including all three Esky pairings.
"I knew we had three, maybe four, solid golfers," said first-year Gladstone coach Dane Quigley. "I paired them up and tried to come out with a trophy."
Megan Depuydt of Gladstone chips to the 13th green Friday as teammate Kaylea Quinn watches. They took medalist honors with 86 in the two-player Gladstone Invitational scramble. (Daily Press photo by Dennis Grall)
He matched his three veterans with three youngsters, with Kaylea Quinn and Megan Depuydt teaming for medalist honors with 86.
"Our girls team is really strong. I feel we should be really competitive," said Quigley. "This is a tough course. To post those scores gives them confidence."
Quinn and Depuydt had the same answer when asked what the key was to their success. Almost in unison they said "teamwork."
Both liked the scramble format, which will be used again Tuesday at Manistique when the Emeralds host a pink scramble girls tourney as a fundraiser for breast cancer. Donations will be taken at the tournament and can be left at the clubhouse, said coach Deb Taylor.
Quinn said the title team worked well together. "If I had a bad shot, she had my back. We just tried to help each other. We always tried to better it (the first shot of the sequence). We just tried to out-do each other. We were always trying to better it."
Depuydt said Quinn was solid with chips to the green. "And she helped me line up my putts. This is a confidence booster for us."
Quigley said Quinn did not play well in the season opener last week in Menominee. "She wanted to come out and play today, and she did."
Taylor Debski and Kelly St. Germaine of Negaunee were second with 89, with Callie Jensen-Katelyn Nault of Gladstone and Kelsey Motto-Abby Strom of Escanaba sharing third with 90.
Escanaba coach Brian Robinette was excited to see how his young squad performed. "I have a team," said Robinette, who was not sure how they would respond in a match, particularly on the rolling hills of Gladstone.
"I have girls who want to play golf and a desire to get better. They showed a competitive spirit today. I give a ton of credit to Kelsey and Jalyn (Dagenais) for embracing the new girls and making them feel comfortable."
Manistique had just four players so the team score was not used, but Taylor said "I just wanted them to get the experience. I'm very proud of them. They did well."
Freshmen partners Hailey Hoholik and Breanna Bosanic shared fifth with Dagenais and Amanda Bink with 94.
Gladstone (272) - Quinn-Depuydt 86, Jensen-Nault 90, Dykes-Cavadeas 96.
Escanaba (280) - Motto-Strom 90, Dagenais-Bink 94, Shelafoe-Rau 96.
Marquette (303) - Crampton-K. Pryor 99, Leadbetter-M. Pryor 101, Dahlstrom-Methner 103.
Menominee (309) - A. Barley-Saucier 98, K. Barley-Hornick 105, Eucke-Krah 106.
Negaunee (311) - Debski-St. Germaine 89, Flannery-Heino 106, Erva-Navaemou 116.
Manistique (no team score) - Hoholik-Bosanic 94, Halpin-Bowers 114.
Munising (no team score) - Matson-DesJardins 99, Immel-Gendron 111.