Gamble Takes 1st Lakers U.P. State Championship
Junior Michael Gamble became the first athlete from Mackinac Island to win an Upper Peninsula State individual golf title after carding an eight over par for a score of 79 during the Division 3 tournament at the Newberry Golf and Country Club Friday, May 30.
Gamble lifted the Lakers to a fifth place team finish out of 18 teams. Paul Fisher recorded 91, Woody Beardsley 93, and Thomas Rilenge 105, for a team total of 368. Crystal Falls-Forest Park won the team crown with a fourplayer score of 352, followed by Baraga with 358, DeTour 362, Ontonagon 365, and the Lakers 368. The remaining Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference (EUPC) teams include Cedarville at 369, Brimley 396, Engadine 437, and Pickford 483.
Gamble, who won medalist honors in the EUPC, registered a 42 during the front nine and came back with a 37 on the back nine at Newberry to edge out Andrew Drier of Bessemer, who finished with 81.
The Lakers' Maria Bunker led all golfers from the EUPC at the Division 3 state finals at the Indian Lakes Golf and Country Club in Manistique Friday, May 30, with an 18- hole score of 129.
Elisa Hobbs of Engadine was second among EUPC golfers, coming in one stroke behind Bunker with 130, followed by Brenda Albrecht of Engadine and Billie McLeod of Cedarville at 135, and Jessie Duncan at 139.
Steady rain plagued golfers at Newberry and Manistique and played a key factor in the high scores.
"I was pleased with the play of all the golfers," said Lakers Coach Mary Patay. "Also, this was the first year that Mackinac Island was in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference for golf and track, and that was very successful."
U.P. State Track Finals
Michi Mullings of Mac - kinac Island finished second in the long jump with a leap of 15'4.75" at the Upper Peninsula State Finals in Kingsford Saturday, May 31.
The Lakers' Woody Beard - sley qualified for the U.P. Finals in the discus, but the senior did not place. Beardsley had a busy two days, playing in the golf finals Friday and competing in the track finals Saturday.