GNC titles for Braves, Eskymos

Prep golf

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press Gladstone’s Bryce Douglas earned medalist honors.

GLADSTONE — You couldn’t ask for a better day to play golf especially during the Great Northern Conference meet at Terrace Bluff Golf Course Thursday.

Gladstone won the boys title with 310 points with Escanaba right behind at 314 on a day where temperatures reached 70 degrees.

“I thought our boys did a great job today,” said Gladstone coach Dane Quigley. “I think they were kind of nervous and they did a good job keeping their composure. They did a good job of playing their game and we ended up coming out on top.”

Marquette finished third (342) followed by Kingsford (357) and Menominee (486).

“Gladstone has had our number all year,” said Esky coach Brian Robinette. “Gladstone’s the team to beat this year. Second place isn’t easy to take and we made them beat us today. We’re peaking at the right time.”

Escanaba won the girls conference title with 359 points followed by Menominee (403) in second.

“I never would’ve dreamt that we would’ve had the score that we had,” said Robinette. “That’s a statement.”

The Braves placed third (425) followed by Kingsford (443) and Marquette (458).

“I was pleasantly surprised for our girls,” said Quigley. “They were all under 120 which I don’t think has happened this year. Escanaba’s a tough act to beat. I’m very proud of our girls today.”

Gladstone’s Bryce Douglas earned medalist for the boys with a score of 72.

“I can’t say enough about Bryce Douglas,” said Quigley. “He’s a competitor and a great kid. He exemplifies what it’s like to be a leader. He’s been spectacular all year. For him to take first there isn’t a more deserving kid.”

Esky’s Johnny Kositzky and Gladstone’s Rudy Peterson came in second with a score of 74.

Menominee’s Evan Kramer (76) and Marquette’s Tyler Bergwall (78) placed fourth and fifth.

A trio of Eskymos followed right in a row with Parker LaPointe (79) placing sixth, Nathan Rousseau (80) seventh, and Brett McDonough (81) eighth.

The top three girl finishers consisted of three Eskymo golfers with Paxton Johnson taking the top spot as she shot a 83.

Megan Dagenais took second (86) and Sam Henderson placed third (89) as they joined their teammate in the top three.

“They’ve been winners from the beginning of our program,” said Robinette. “They deserved what they got today. They played awesome. All three of them are a coach’s dream.”

The Menominee pair of Emma Hofer (93) and Zoe Smith (97) placed fourth and fifth.

The Braves’ top golfer Megan Lukezich tied for sixth (100) with Marquette’s Ellie Hicks.

Lukezich’s teammate Sophia Lippens was not far behind as she took ninth (102).

The results:

Boys

Gladstone (310) — Bryce Douglas 72, Rudy Peterson 74, Jared Ness 81, Jordan Ahlgren 83

Escanaba (314) — Johnny Kositzky 74, Parker LaPointe 79, Nathan Rousseau 80, Brett McDonough 81

Marquette (342) — Tyler Bergwall 78, Ethan Sellers 83, Jordan Jurmu 90, Andrew Fedrizzi 91

Kingsford (357) — Ryan Deau 84, Allen Linn 88, Chase Kreski 90, Sawyer Perpich 95

Menominee (486) — Evan Kramer 76, John Horn 86

Girls

Escanaba (359) — Paxton Johnson 83, Megan Dagenais 86, Sam Henderson 89, Darby Beckon 101

Menominee (403) — Emma Hofer 93, Zoe Smith 97, Olivia Badker 103, Erika Schloegel 110

Gladstone (425) — Megan Lukezich 100, Sophia Lippens 102, Kaylee Hubert 111, Erin Quinn 112

Kingsford (443) — Alissa Kainrath 108, Kate Cook 111, Sam Cross 111, Haley Bubloni 113

Marquette (458) — Ellie Hicks 100, Janae Peterson 109, Sierra Bentti 112, Avery Ledy 137

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