West Iron County Takes Back Title Trophy

By John Vrancic
Special for MHSAA.com

May 29, 2015

ISHPEMING — Riley Thompson was just 5 years old when the West Iron County boys were last crowned Upper Peninsula Division 2 golf champions. 

Thompson, now a junior at West Iron, earned medalist honors Friday and helped the Wykons gain their first U.P. title in 12 years with 331 strokes.

“We’re very pleased,” said West Iron coach Mark Martini. “We took the team picture the same way as we did 12 years ago, with the trophy on my grandson’s head. As coaches we more or less talk about the team aspect of it. It’s kind of neat when both things happen. It’s kind of a two-way street. The medalist helps the team and the team helps the medalist.” 

Iron Mountain was runner-up at 336, followed by Norway with 338 strokes, Hancock 348 and Ishpeming Westwood 361.

Thompson fired a 74 at Wawonowin Country Club on this cloudy and warm day, to finish four strokes better than Norway’s Austin Hansen. 

Thompson shot 45 through the midway point and followed that with a 38 over his second nine.

“I just played well today,” said Thomson, who became West Iron’s first individual champion since 2005. “My goal was to keep the ball in play, and I was able to do that. I got pretty good distance on my tee shots, which set me up for the approach. I had good irons on the approach shots and gave myself a chance on the greens, then I made my putts. A four-stroke victory is not what I expected. I thought it was closer than that. I just wanted to par the last hole and I got a birdie putt, which was a big relief. 

“This is the first U.P. title for our school in quite a while, which makes this all that much sweeter. One is icing on the cake for the other.”

Manistique sophomore Louie Berry and Iron Mountain’s Austin Blomquist shared third at 79, with Hancock’s Dylan Paavola fifth at 80. 

“Louie has also been working real hard all year,” said Taylor. “We’re a young team. We’re looking for bigger things next year.”

Raymond Miron of L’Anse placed sixth at 82. Iron Mountain’s Matt Opolka and West Iron’s Kyle Maki and Max Maloney tied for seventh with 83 strokes. Westwood’s Connor and Cameron Mason, Manistique’s Zack Powers and Norway’s Justin Anderson finished in a four-way tie for 10th at 86.

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PHOTOS: (Top) L’Anse’s Raymond Miron fires an approach shot during his round at Wawonwin Country Club. (Middle) Riley Thomson of West Iron County puts in some work on the putting green following his round Friday during the Division 2 Final. Thomson was medalist with a 74, including a 1-under 35 on the front nine. (Photos by Keith Shelton.)

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The reigning Lower Peninsula Division 1 individual champion is among those leading the chase again, and he shot a 2-under-par 68 at last Friday’s The Loop Classic at Forest Dunes in Roscommon to finish atop a strong field as Adams placed fourth with a 297. Roehl also had won The Loop as a junior and this time had three birdies and an eagle to clinch by one stroke.

Roehl’s two-day 140 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State to cap last season tied for the seventh-lowest 36-hole LPD1 or Class A Finals score since the tournament switched to two rounds in 1994. He followed Friday’s victory with another one-stroke win Monday at the Northstar Bank Tournament at Plum Hollow in Southfield, where he shot a 1-under 71. He’ll continue his career next season at Oakland University and is considering studying business and marketing

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