UPGA Junior Golf Tour kicks off in mid-June at Heritage

MARQUETTE – A nine-stop Junior Golf Tour has been reinstated for this summer by the Upper Peninsula Golf Association.

After not being held for nearly a decade, according to Marquette Golf Club pro Marc Gilmore, that club will host the first event on its Heritage Course on Tuesday, June 17.

Events range all over the Upper Peninsula, from Sault Ste. Marie and Drummond Island in the east to Houghton and Watersmeet in the west. Tournaments will generally be held weekly, though none is scheduled the week of July 4 and two come during the same week later that month.

Each begins at 9 a.m. and has boys and girls divisions with five age breakdowns for ages 8 to 17. Younger participants will use tee placements further forward, and ages 8-13 play nine holes while older teens play 18.

Cost is $18 per event, which includes greens fees, food and pop, prizes and unlimited range balls. Preregistration is required at least five days before an event at the participating course.

The final event at the Newberry Country Club is the UPGA Junior Finals and requires participants to have played in two previous events in the series.

The top five boys and two girls from Newberry qualify for the Golf Association of Michigan Junior Invitational to be held at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers Golf Course from Sept. 20-21.

Here is the U.P. summer schedule, with contact information included for registration:

  • Tuesday, June 17, Marquette Golf Club-Heritage Course, Marquette; 225-0721 or (866) 678-7171, ext. 2, golf professional Marc Gilmore
  • Monday, June 23, Oak Crest Golf Club, Norway; 563-5891, golf professional Ryan Gordon
  • Wednesday, July 9, Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Watersmeet; 358-0303, golf shop, Kevin Gavek
  • Monday, July 14, TimberStone Golf Club, Iron Mountain; 776-0111, golf professional Joe Rizzo
  • Monday, July 21, Terrace Bluff Golf Club, Gladstone; 428-2343; general manager Tony Pouliot
  • Wednesday, July 23, The Rock, Drummond Island; 493-1006; golf professional Kelli Kelly
  • Monday, July 28, Portage Lake Golf Club, Houghton; 487-2641, golf professional Mark Maroste
  • Monday, Aug. 4, The Crossings at Sault Ste. Marie Golf Course, Sault Ste. Marie; 632-7812, golf professional Jamie Davison
  • Monday, Aug. 11, UPGA Finals at Newberry Country Club, Newberry; 293-8422, golf professional Dan Moulton

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.