Prep golf: Specker leads Marquette boys at Escanaba Country Club

ESCANABA – Thursday was a good day to be an Eskymo as Escanaba swept to boys and girls titles at the Northern Michigan Bank Invitational held at the Escanaba Country Club.

EHS sophomore Nick Aird captured medalist honors for the boys shooting a career-low 75. The Esky Black team scored 322, finishing 16 strokes ahead of runner-up Marquette’s 338.

“Nick had the type of score I expect and that he expects,” Escanaba coach Brian Robinette said. “He’s a thinker and a natural talent you can’t coach. When it all comes together for him, these are the scores we’ll see from him in matches to come and certainly his junior and senior year.”

The Redmen were followed by Gladstone (340), Negaunee (344), Norway (346), Iron Mountain (348), Escanaba Orange (352), Menominee (369) and Munising (415).

Brett Specker of Marquette and Justin Anderson of Norway tied for runner-up, each shooting 77.

The Esky girls cruised with a score of 398 and put three girls in the top five.

The Esky girls were followed by Gladstone (424), Marquette (481), Iron Mountain (490), Menominee (500) and Munising (588).

Callie Jensen of Gladstone was medalist for the second time this season on this course, shooting 84. Escanaba’s Kelsey Motto carded 92 and teammate Abbey Strom shot 94. Danielle Saucier of Menominee was fourth at 98 and Payton Shelafoe of Escanaba rounded out the top five with a 102.