Wawonowin reports it’s ready for competitors

CHAMPION – Wawonowin Country Club general manager/pro Ryan Tunteri says there are “no tricks” when it comes to the course.

“What you see is what you get,” he said heading into the 87th annual Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association tournament Saturday through Tuesday.

“It’s player friendly and straightforward. The front nine is open and wind swept, while on the back, there are more tree lines and it’s more narrow.”

Tunteri said tournament competitors will use the red tees on the par-72, 5,358-yard layout.

“We’ve had a lot of rain of late, so the course is in real good shape,” he said. “The grass is growing, but the rough isn’t bad. We stay on top of that the best we can.”

Tunteri added Wawonowin’s greens are “big overall” and not too severely undulating.

“Given the conditions with the wet weather we’ve had, the course will be receptive to the golfers,” he said. “The aggressive player will be rewarded for hitting quality shots.”

Tunteri said golfers can “spray the ball a little” on the front nine without getting into too much trouble.

“The average player can play their round on the front nine, while on the back, you have to be conscious of your surroundings,” he said.

On the front nine, hole No. 6 – a short par-4 – may be the most difficult, he said.

“The green is tricky,” he said, while on the back nine, hole No. 15 – a par-5 at 386 yards – can pose problems.

“There’s a big water hazard that runs two lengths of the hole on the right side,” Tunteri said. “You have to hit the ball between the trees and the water.”

He added the 75 competitors slated to take part in the tourney should find Wawonowin accommodating.

“It’s all here for them to take,” Tunteri said. “We’re ready to show off the course and we’re looking forward to the four days.”

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg@miningjournal.net