Frankini, Poncino settle for second
IRON MOUNTAIN – Green Bay’s Polly Anderson and Gladstone’s Lori Shea held on for a fifth Pine Grove Dual women’s golf championship Tuesday at Pine Grove Country Club.
Anderson-Shea posted a one-over par 73 in Tuesday’s scramble round to finish at 148 and edge Iron Mountain’s Pam Frankini-Niagara’s JoAnn Poncino at 149 (76-73).
Frankini-Poncino battled to even the match midway through the round Tuesday. Anderson-Shea pulled ahead by three strokes over the final nine but Frankini-Poncino challenged with a birdie chip on No. 17.
Ironwood’s Nancy Osier-Ontonagon’s Cathy Shamion wound up third at 151, opening with an 80 for the best ball round Monday and coming back Tuesday with a tourney-low 71.
Sault Ste. Marie’s Joan Smith-Sandy Glibota (86-72) and Norway’s Lisa Dionne-Iron Mountain’s Becky Cecconi (81-77), who won the 2012 title with Karen Plaisier, shared fourth at 158.
Jodi LaVarnway of Pine Grove recorded a hole-in-one on No. 8. Her other ace came several years ago in this same tournament, regarded as the premier women’s best ball-scramble competition.
Veteran Pine Grove golfers Alice Tuomela-Rochelle Wittkopf carded a 165 (84-81), capturing first flight by one stroke over three other teams.
In a change from past tournaments, golfers were flighted and final results known after both rounds were played. Normally, golfers are flighted after the first round of a two-round tournament.
Flight results follow (best ball Monday, scramble Tuesday):
CHAMPIONSHIP – Lori Shea-Polly Anderson, 148 (75-73).
FIRST – Alice Tuomela-Rochelle Wittkopf, 165 (84-81).
SECOND – Meghan Casey-Jessica Bray, 170 (92-78).
THIRD – Jan Strand-Jean Ann Pearson, 177 (93-84).
FOURTH – Jean Ivory-Meghan Ivory, 182 (99-83).
FIFTH – Heather Hiatt-Beth Verrette, 185 (101-84).
SIXTH – Ellen Swenson-Kathy Burgert, 188 (97-91).
SEVENTH – Ann Markell-Ginny Sanders, 191 (99-92).
EIGHTH – Mary Koskinen-Karen Schultheis, 201 (101-100).