One bad hole costs Nagy
MANISTIQUE – Scott Lancour of Escanaba came from behind on the back nine to win Upper Peninsula Golf Association Men’s Championship in Manistique on Sunday, shooting 73 and bypassing the leader of the first three rounds.
The representative from the Manisitique High School Class of 2012, Mike Nagy, finished with 77 and 289, three strokes more than Lancour’s 286 at the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club.
Soon to be a sophomore and golfing at the University of Tennessee, Nagy clung to a narrow one-stroke lead over Lancour after both Friday’s second and Saturday’s third rounds, maintaining that slimmest of margins after Sunday’s front nine, too, as both contenders shot 37.
Lancour evened the score by racking up birdies on holes 11, 12 and 15 to make the 17th hole decisive. That’s where Nagy quadrupled bogeyed and Lancour simply bogeyed for a three-stroke swing and a three-stroke lead.
Both golfers shot par on 18 to give Lancour the title.
“It’s awesome,” Lancour said. “I was the underdog. (Nagy) should have been lapping the field. It’s his home course and he’s an awesome player. I just stuck in there and played my own game.
“I didn’t play him, I played the course, (and) I love playing out here. Mike’s a great player, and he deserves everything he’s got.”
Nagy said his problems on hole 17 may have began with the break their group took on hole 16 due to rain. Then, after he began with an aggressive line on 17, it seemed to go downhill from there.
“I hit it pretty much how I wanted to, it was just a little bit too much draw on it,” he said. “It was kind of a crazy finish. After the break, we were the only ones out on the course, and it was just a different feeling.”
Lancour added that the way Indian Lake is set up allows his game to flourish.
“This is the place I want to play at all the time,” he said. “I just played solid. I didn’t lose one ball all week, I didn’t have one penalty shot. I just hit it straight and consistent.”
Tim Drees of Menominee took third place with 292, while Marquette County golfers rounded out the top five – Mark Clements of Ishpeming posted 302 and Chris Rhoades of Marquette 304.
Joe Collard took home first flight honors, shooting 303, winning a tiebreaker with fellow Menominee resident Steve Schmidt.
Other area finishes of note included Munising June graduate Michael Mannisto taking second place in the fourth flight with 341 and Tom Robinson of Marquette winning the fifth flight with 348.