Family affair: Mother-daughter duo earn win in MTU-PLGC Women’s Scramble

Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette Melissa Vertin lines up a birdie putt during Tuesday’s MTU-PLGC Women’s Scramble at the Portage Lake Golf Course. Vertin made the putt.

HOUGHTON — Family was the word of the day Tuesday afternoon at the Portage Lake Golf Course (PLGC).

On a nearly perfect afternoon, conditions-wise, the two-woman team of Kathy Penegor and her daughter, Maren Rouleau, went eight holes deep in a playoff to earn victory in the MTU-PLGC Women’s Scramble.

After tying the team of Julie Hamar and Deb Young, a duo made up of sisters, at 72 after 18 holes, and then tied another seven playoff holes, Penegor had a look at a 10-foot putt for birdie on the eighth. As the ball rolled into cup, mother and daughter knew they had the win.

The scramble nearly had as many as six teams in the playoffs, as four other teams shot 73, led by sisters Marcia Butvilas and Andrea Longhini.

The team of Penegor and Rouleau were tough for anyone to keep up with all day though, as they held the lowest scores on two holes, the Par 4 third and the Par 3 eighth.

Diane Makela and Vicki Sargent, a duo from Bessemer, held off the local sister team of Kristi Vlahos and Kim Lorenzetti to earn the top spot in First Flight with a score of 76, one stroke better than Vlahos and Lorenzetti.

“We love this course,” said Holly Rintala. “It is such a beautiful course for our area.”

Rintala and her partner, Shelby Hamar, took third with a score of 79.

“We have relatives who visit from Minnesota and they are so impressed with our facilities here,” said Rintala.

In Second Flight, Jean Rilei and Millie Little, both from Calumet, won with a score of 83. They finished four strokes better than Sam LaJeunesse and Terry Braun.

Claire Snow and Diane Woodworth took third despite tying LaJeunesse and Braun with a score of 87.

Woodworth’s daughter, Zoe, and her partner, Kaaren Liston, who won the scramble last year, did not compete this time around.