2018-05-10 / Sports

11 matches cancelled

Taylor gets first look at new teams


Waiting for the greens to clear, Coach Deb Taylor takes a moment to provide a little instruction to Dayton Benish, Darren McCaffrey, and Kyle Seeley Monday at Indian Lake Golf Course. It was the Emeralds’ first time on the course. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Waiting for the greens to clear, Coach Deb Taylor takes a moment to provide a little instruction to Dayton Benish, Darren McCaffrey, and Kyle Seeley Monday at Indian Lake Golf Course. It was the Emeralds’ first time on the course. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – With old man winter hanging on through the month of April, all coaches were challenged to get their athletes ready to compete in spring sports. None were more challenged than the Manistique Emerald golf Coach Deb Taylor.

With practice consisting of a makeshift driving range in a local farm field, Taylor and her would be ball strikers finally got the opportunity to play the course with a home match against Westwood Monday.

“It’s been a challenge,” Taylor said. “We have a lot of first time golfers and there is only so much you can teach them without being on the course.”

With Taylor searching for her fourth consecutive Mid-Peninsula Conference championship, her squad of 15 sees the return just two girls from last year’s championship team – Abbi Popour and Sydnee McPhail. Both finished in the top five in last year’s tournament and Popour earned runnerup honors with a 105.


Ahead of the field by one stroke going into his final hole, Curtis Byrns eyes up his chip shot from 80 yards out. Byrns finished the night with a low score 46 for Manistique. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Ahead of the field by one stroke going into his final hole, Curtis Byrns eyes up his chip shot from 80 yards out. Byrns finished the night with a low score 46 for Manistique. Pioneer Tribune photo “We have cancelled 11 matches already, but with the late start we are all in the same boat so we will need to see how things progress,” Taylor said.

Off a 57 by Popour, a 58 by Payton Hoholik, and a 59 by

MacPhail, the girls defeated Westwood with the team score of 247 to 282. Emily Mattson rounded off the girls’ card, finishing with a 73.

Westwood’s Olivia Kierzek medaled in the match with a low card 55.


Off to a promising start, freshman Madison Zellar in full swing on her final hole of the night. Off to a promising start, freshman Madison Zellar in full swing on her final hole of the night. With a boys squad of 15, Taylor returns just three, including Alex Oas, Curtis Bryns, and Jerry Jack.

Bayrns shot a 46 and Oas a 47 to lead the Emeralds in a tie (195) with Westwood.

Marc McKinney and Jerry Jack both finished with a 51.

Westwood’s Com Mason medaled with a low card 44.

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