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Woodworth leads locals into UPLGA match play

July 17, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

MANISTIQUE - Avery Rochester of Ishpeming is proving early in the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association tournament that youth does have its advantages.

All of 16 years old, Rochester took home medalist honors on day one at Indian Lake Golf and Country Club, carding an 81. Par at the course is 72.

JoAnn Poncino, Karen McCorkle and Calumet native Zoe Woodworth were each three strokes behind at 84. Judy LaValley rounded out the top five at 85.

Though the course has a reputation of being on the difficult end, Rochester had a relatively easy time of securing the top score and No. 1 seed heading into match play on Tuesday.

"It was pretty good. It wasn't too challenging and the course was in real good shape," she said. "I didn't have anything higher than a bogey. It wasn't too difficult but first-hole nerves got to me when I missed a one-footer for par.

"That was kind of depressing."

Fact Box

Championship Flight:

1. Avery Rochester, 81

2. JoAnn Poncino, 84

3. Zoe Woodworth, 84

4. Karen McCorkle, 84

5. Judy LaValley, 85

6. Polly Anderson, 85

7. Jackie Villemure, 86

8. Pam Frankini, 87

9. Sue Micklow, 87

10. Leah Faketty, 89

11. Michelle Mansfield, 90

12. Nancy Osier, 90

13. Cathy Shamion, 92

14. Heidi Olson, 92

15. Jane Dickow, 93

16. Janet Hruska, 94

Also in the championship flight from the Western U.P. are Nancy Osier of Bergland (Gogebic CC), Cathy Shamion of Ontonagon and Jane Dickow of White Pine.

Osier, who reached the semifinals last year shot 90 and is seeded 12th today. She'll meet No. 5 Judy LaValley, who she eliminated 6-and-5 from the first round last year at Gladstone.

Shamion will be seeded 13th after shooting 92. Dickow is the 15th seed. She shot 93.



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