Rochester, 16, takes home UPLGA event
MANISTIQUE – Avery Rochester, 16, of Marquette, Mich., set the mark as being the youngest player to win the annual Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association tournament last week at the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club.
The honor was previously held by Carley Saint-Onge, also of Marquette.
In a field of 68, Rochester started the 86-year-old event by receiving medalist honors with her low score of 81 on day one. On the fourth and final day, she finished the course three strokes under Karen Mc- Corkle, Zoe Woodworth and JoAnn Ponicno, who each shot 84.
Championship flight scores were: 1. Avery Rochester, 81; 2. (tie), JoAnn Poncino, Zoe Woodworth and Karen McCorkle, 84; 5. (tie) Judy LaValley and Polly Anderson, 85; 7. Jackie Villemure, 86; 8. (tie) Pam Frankini and Sue Micklow, 87; 10. Leah Faketty, 89; 11. (tie) Michelle Mansfield and Nancy Osier, 90; 13. (tie) Cathy Shamion and Heidi Olson, 92; 15. Jane Dickow, 93; 16. Janet Hruska, 94.
In match play semifinals on Thursday morning, Rochester topped Cathy Shamion 6-5 to advance to the final match. Polly Anderson of DePere, Wis., up against JoAnn Poncino of Iron Mountain, Mich., took their match 2-1.
The championship match held in the afternoon saw Rochester and Anderson even after nine holes. Rochester secured the title on 15 with a score of 4-3.
Jackie Villemure was the only Manistique golfer to advance to the championship flight. Villemure took Leah Faketty in round one 3-1 and fell to JoAnn Poncino in the next round 4-3.
Wawonowin Counrty Club, in Champion, is the host of the UPLGA 2013 tournament.