Houghton wins Calumet Golf Invite

CALUMET – Calumet High boys golf coach Carl Arko feels that on a given day, the powerful Houghton Gremlins can be beaten.

“They (Gremlins) are tough to beat because they’re so long off the tee,” Arko said during Thursday’s Calumet Invite at the Calumet Golf Course. “It takes a real good day by your team to do it, though.”

The Gremlins rolled to a relatively easy win by posting a team score of 300. That was 25 strokes better than Calumet.

Wyatt Liston led the way for the Orange and Black with a medalist showing of 72. But teammates Ben Strong and Gunnar Stein were just two strokes behind with 74s. George Butvilas added a 80 for fifth place and Austin Hill carded an 83.

Houghton’s tee distance advantage was evident right from the beginning.

Coach Corey Markham’s team, which won the Division 1 U.P. championships a year ago, had the long-hitting Stein and Strong on hand after both missed Tuesday’s Hancock Invite. That event was won by Calumet.

The Copper Kings couldn’t duplicate that effort yesterday, although Trevor Salata shot a 75 and Tyler Johnson had an 80.

Tuesday’s medalist, Wyatt Turoniemi of CHS, had a score of 90.

L’Anse and Ontonagon tied for third place with scores of 367 and Jeffers was next with a 371.

The latter three schools will play in the Division 3 U.P. finals in a couple of weeks.

Jeffers coach Jason Koski said the smaller schools in the U.P. meet should be competitive.

“All three of those teams (L’Anse, OAHS and Jeffers) have kids who can play,” he said. “Any of them could make a run.”

Jason Sutherland of LL-Hubbell shot an 83, Danny Hill of Hancock was at 84 and David Zerbst of Jeffers carded an 86.

Ontonagon will hold its invite on Monday. Houghton will host its invite on Tuesday at the PLGC.