MARQUETTE - A number of boys taking part in the first stop of the Upper Peninsula Junior Golf Tour have some lofty aspirations for the game.
"My goal is to shoot in the 40s," said Jake L'Huillier, 13, of Marquette when he was about halfway through his round. He shot 56 for nine holes.
He also answered in the affirmative when asked if he'd like to play for the Marquette Senior High School team some day, adding that his favorite pro golfers are Tiger Woods and Ricky Fowler.
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Evan Anderson, 11, of Norway hits a short chip at the Marquette Golf Club’s Heritage course in the boys 10-11-year-old division at the first stop of this summer’s Upper Peninsula Junior Golf Tour on Tuesday morning.
Matt Solda, 11, of Norway putts in the boys 10-11-year-old division.
"My main goal is to get in some good competitive golf and hopefully get ready to play college golf," said Scott Frazier, 17, already a veteran MSHS golfer and 2013 medalist at the U.P. high school finals. "I'd like to play at a college in Florida."
Frazier, who shot 84 for 18 holes Tuesday, mentioned a few NCAA Division 1 schools he's interested in, and he hopes he can gather interest from some of them, such as Central Florida.
While some boys had short travels with a tournament taking place in their hometown, others girls and boys ages 8 to 17 traveled from as far away as the Houghton area and DeTour in the extreme eastern U.P.
"This is my first time playing here," said Evan Anderson, 11, of Norway. He was joined at the event by his brothers Justin and Trevor and cousin Drew Anderson, all also from Norway.
"The fairways are really green," he said about one of the biggest differences he noticed in Marquette. "And the greens are pretty fast."
He also mentioned that they're "wavy," an allusion to all the undulations that wreak havoc with putting lines.
"I'm just trying to not have too many double and triples," he said of his goal Tuesday of avoiding multi-bogey holes.
MGC pro Marc Gilmore said there were 35 boys and five girls who played Tuesday in the first of nine tournaments that will generally be played weekly from now through mid-August.
This is the only event to be held in Marquette or Alger counties, with subsequent events to be held in Norway, Watersmeet, Iron Mountain, Gladstone, Drummond Island, Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie and the finals to be hosted by Newberry.
Golfers were broken into five age divisions, each with two-year spans - 8-9 years, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17. The trio of younger divisions played nine holes while the two older ones went a full 18.
Bryce Douglas of Gladstone won the biggest division of the day, boys 16-17, where 10 boys were entered as he shot 79.
Negaunee freshman Carter Mason won the boys 14-15 division with 87.
Jordan Jurmu of Marquette took the boys 12-13 bracket with 37.
At 10-11, Nathan Thomsen was victorious with 46 and Drew Anderson had 49. Liam Beerman took the 8-9 boys with 56.
In the only contested girls division, 14-15, Ellie Hicks and Madison Wilkie each shot 106 to share honors.
Next week's event will be played at 9 a.m. CDT Monday at Oak Crest Golf Club in Norway. Cost is $18, which includes greens fees, food and pop, prizes and unlimited range balls. Call club pro Ryan Gordon at 563-5891 for more information or to sign up.
UPGA Junior Tour
At Marquette Golf Club-Heritage Course
14-15 years old - 1st place (tie), Ellie Hicks and Madison Wilkie, 106; 3rd, Kaalin Crawford, 110
12 years - Payton Dube 58
11 years - Lexi Henderson 85
8-9 - 1st, Liam Beerman, 56; 2nd, Jake Garrow, 61
10-11 - 1st, Nathan Thomsen, 46; 2nd, Drew Anderson, 49; 3rd, Jeff Van Holla, 50; 4th, Collin Hicks, 51; 5th, Owen Riipi, 52; 6th, Evan Anderson, 53; 7th (tie), Joseph Luke and Matt Anderson, 54; 9th, Matt Solda, score not available
12-13 - 1st, Jordan Jurmu, 37; 2nd, Noah Thomsen, 45; 3rd, Ethan Sellers, 47; 4th (tie), Collin Bjorne and Jordan Mason, 48; 6th, Jacob L'Huillier, 56
14-15 - 1st, Carter Mason, 87; 2nd, Louis Berry, 91; 3rd, Jacob Ennett, 101; 4th, Jared Ness, 104; 5th, Trevor Anderson, 111; 6th, Andy Pouliot, 117; 7th, John Molise, 123; 8th, Jacob Talaga, score not available
16-17 - 1st, Bryce Douglas, 79; 2nd, Kyle Pouliot, 82; 3rd, Mike McGee, 83; 4th (tie), Scott Frazier and Justin Anderson, 84; 6th, Riley Thomsen, 87; 7th, Brett Specker, score not available; 8th, Nick Weber, 92; 9th, Connor Mason, 94; 10th, Mike Schalow, 99