2012-06-14 / Sports

Swingin’ away

Manistique Papers group continues golfing tradition


31st Annual Nahma Classic winners Jim Tiglas, Tim Zellner, Dewey LaLonde and Rod Popour. 31st Annual Nahma Classic winners Jim Tiglas, Tim Zellner, Dewey LaLonde and Rod Popour. MANISTIQUE – Pulling together to keep a tradition alive, workers at Manistique Papers, along with a select few others, stepped outside the 7-3 daily grind to fulfill the annual tradition dating back to when: Ronald Regan was president; the price of gas was a $1.25; the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 875; Iran released 52 hostages – held for 444 days; researchers found the Titanic; the first American test-tube baby was born; and the term “Internet” was first mentioned.

A lot has changed over the past 30 years, but despite a year of uncertainty and tragedy, the Nahma Classic survived to see 31.

One thing that has not changed (at least in the last four years) is Jim Tiglas’ Green Jacket. Three years running, Tiglas, along with Tim Zellner, Dewey LaLonde and Rod Popourr, fired off a low card 64 to capture the 31st Annual Classic. The group carded three birdies on the front nine, then strung out five off the back to win the tournament by two strokes.


John Gauthier, John Matchinski, Kyle Reque and Don McaPhail. John Gauthier, John Matchinski, Kyle Reque and Don McaPhail. Don St. John, Steve Ekstrom, Nick Beaudre and Rick Martin started out on fire with a birdie string of four, but could not keep it going, finishing with a 66 for runner-up.

Rounding out the field: Mikey MacGregor, Skeeter Schuetter, Tiger Braun and Dave Beaudre shot a 67; Jeff Rochefort, Dave Hough, Allen LaVigne, Eric Soderstrom, 67; John Nelson, Steve LeDue, Rick Demers, Henry Weber, 68; Donnie St. John III, Wayne Fleck, Tom Klagstad, Bill Turek, 69; Kyle Reque, Don MacPhail, John Matchinski, John Gauthier, 69; Mike MacGregor, Ray Jacobson, Dan Selling, Terry Demers, 70; and last, but not least, Mike Sheppard, Bill Pistulka, Mark Rhode and Bill Neadeu, 71.



Dave Hough, Jeff Rochefort, Eric Soderstom and Allen LaVigne. Dave Hough, Jeff Rochefort, Eric Soderstom and Allen LaVigne.

Mike Sheppard, Mark Rhode, Bill Pistulka and Bill Neadow. Mike Sheppard, Mark Rhode, Bill Pistulka and Bill Neadow.

Ray Jacobson, Mike MacGregor, Terry Demers and Dan Selling. Ray Jacobson, Mike MacGregor, Terry Demers and Dan Selling.

Nick Beaudre, Don St. John, Steve Ekstrom and Rick Martin. Nick Beaudre, Don St. John, Steve Ekstrom and Rick Martin.

Tom Klagstad, Bill Turek, Donny St. John and Wayne Fleck. Tom Klagstad, Bill Turek, Donny St. John and Wayne Fleck.

John Nelson, Rick Demers, Steve LeDuc and Henry Weber. John Nelson, Rick Demers, Steve LeDuc and Henry Weber.

Skeeter Schuetter, Mikey MacGregor, Dave Beaudre and Tiger Braun. Skeeter Schuetter, Mikey MacGregor, Dave Beaudre and Tiger Braun.

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