Hancock boys take third
NORWAY — West Iron County collected its fourth UP Division 2 boys golf championship Wednesday at Oak Crest Golf Course.
And more may be on the way
Led by sophomore Trey Bociek and freshman Nate Thomson, the young Wykons steamrolled the nine-team field by 29 strokes.
“You always do well when you have that kind of talent,” said WIC Coach Mark Martini. “It sounds selfish but you wait a lifetime to have something along the lines of a dynasty. When you have it, you have to go with it.”
Bociek shot a lifetime-best two-over par 74 for medalist and Thomson was the runner-up at 77. Hancock’s Trevor Tchida finished third with a 79.
Sophomore Noah Thomson carded an 80 and freshman Peyton Williams added an 84 for the WIC four-player total of 315. Sophomore Braydon Nelson filled out the lineup with an 87.
“A real strong point was Peyton,” Martini said. “That may have been the first time this season we counted his score.”
Martini texted the team prior to Easter break to get ready to win another UP title. The Wykons also triumphed in 2015, 2008 and 2003.
“We’ve talked about it all year,” said Martini, noting that one “horrible” performance cost them West PAC league honors. “They practice well. They listen well. For the most part, they’re smart, intelligent kids that do well in school. That has a lot to do with it.”
Bociek and Nate Thomson have waged a friendly battle for the WIC No. 1 spot all season.
“They kind of tease each other back and forth,” Martini said of the Thomson-Bociek duel. “The challenge is internal for each one (on the team). They want to do well on their own.”
Bociek, playing in the No. 2 position for the UP tourney, shot a one-over 37 on each nine. He had five birdies on the day.
“I was straight off the tee and my wedges were pretty nice,” said Bociek, figuring his drives between 280 and 300 yards. “That first birdie started me off and I just kept going after that. I had a good pace the rest of the day.
“I was just blocking everybody else out and doing my thing. But everybody on the team played well today.”
Bociek joined his veteran coach in seeing a bright future for the Wykon golfers.
“We’re all freshmen and sophomores,” Bociek said. “It looks like a good future. We should probably be winning the next three years.”
Runner-up Norway, 344, should also be contender with freshman Evan Anderson leading the way with an 81. Junior Trevor Anderson was next at 83, followed by freshmen Jeff VanHolla 84 and Logan Parolini 96.
Third-place Hancock carded a 352 and St. Ignace was next at 356.
As for the Wykons, Martini says “they great kids and a really fun bunch to hang around with.
“This is something they should be proud of,” Martini said. “They don’t realize these opportunities don’t come all that often.
“Years later they’ll look back and say, “Wow, this is really something.”