Eichhorn, Wells receive Wisconsin golf honors
By Dennis Grall
For the Daily Press
ESCANABA – A pair of Upper Peninsula golfers have once again earned Player of the Year honors in Wisconsin.
Hunter Eichhorn of Carney has repeated as WPGA Junior Foundation Player of the Year and Syd Wells of Menominee has received her third senior POY award from the Wisconsin State Golf Association.
Eichhorn, 18, won five of the six state junior tournaments he entered in his final season of eligibility. He is now a freshman on the Marquette University golf team and recently won his first collegiate tournament, earning Big East Conference male golfer of the week.
He shot 65 in the final round in El Paso, Tex. after opening at 67-72 and his birdie on No. 18 in the final round secured the title in the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational at Butterfield Trail G.C. The rest of the field averaged 74.38 in the final round.
In 15 rounds and five tournaments with the Golden Eagles this fall, he finished second on the team with a 70.93 average. Marquette finished the fall ranked 22nd in the country, the first time the Golden Eagles have been ranked in the nation’s top 25.
He won his final junior state tourney, shooting 69-69-71 – 209 at The Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland.
He also played in three WPGA Junior events and was medalist in all three of them, at Racine Meadowbrook Golf Club, Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, and the Links Course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia.
Eichhorn, who was a four-time Upper Peninsula high school golf champion at Carney-Nadeau High School, also teamed with Jed Baranczyk of Green Bay to win the WPGA Junior bestball at The Bull at Pinehhurst Farms in Sheboygan.
He also tied for second at the Nekoosa Lake Arrowhead Invitational, one of the state’s most prestigious junior tournaments and tied for 10th at the Wisconsin State Amateur in Oconomowoc.
He finished with 1,605 points in state junior tournaments.
Wells won the Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association senior championship at Eau Claire Golf and Country Club June 12-13. She plays out of Riverside Country Club in Menominee, Mich., which holds dual membership in the WSGA and the Upper Peninsula Golf Association.
Wells, 56, also won the senior POY crown in 2012 and 2015 and is a six-time WSGA player of the year.
She won a record 11 UPLGA women’s championships and is a three-time UPLGA senior women’s champion. She is a member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame. The former Michigan State University standout has also been nominated for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
Wells collected 545 points to win the Senior POY honor.