First time champ: Jiseung Choi earns first Men’s Club Championship Sunday at PLGC

Jamie Glenn/Daily Mining Gazette Jiseung Choi (left) and Alex Roy pose after their championship match of the Verdie Cox Men’s Club Championship at the Portage Lake Golf Course Sunday. Choi emerged the victor.

HOUGHTON — The rain held off throughout the weekend as four age devisons teed off in the 2018 Verdie Cox Men’s Club Championship at the Portage Lake Golf Course in Houghton. When the Sunday’s match play ended, Houghton’s Jiseung Choi came out on top, defeating Chassell native, and Hancock graduate, Alex Roy for the title.

Choi shot 70 on the final day as part of his victory.

“This was my first year participating in the men’s championship,” said Choi. “It was a blast. I was really having fun out there.”

Choi had to work his way through mistakes, and he eventually found a strategy that worked for him.

“Whenever I would blow up, I just kept my calm and got my composure and just kept playing,” he said. “I’d say (that my) putting was really good today.

“It means a lot to me to win the Men’s Club Championship.”

Roy earned his way to the final match with a 2 and 1 victory over Mark Gustafson.

“I’m just trying to play smart and keep it consistent, (by) trying not to overplay,” said Roy. “The nice thing about match play is if you have a bad hole, you can easily put it behind you. It’s just one hole. You can just move on a try to win the next one.”

Brad Gustafson, Mark’s brother, also got to the semifinals. Brad’s Sunday ended in a loss 4 and 3 to Choi.

Brad Gustafson was really excited to make it to the semifinal alongside his brother, even though they did not face each other.

“I love golfing at Portage,” said Brad. “I’ve been doing it for years. I’m in the final four with my brother, (for) the first time ever.

“I’ve been (in the semifinals) before, but not with my brother. It’s so cool.”

Dennis Harbour finished runner-up to Mark Provoast in the Senior Division with a final tally of 126, which was two more strokes than that of Provoast.

“I played in the club championship as a senior member, and I was runner up,” said Harbor. “In order to qualify you play stroke play, which means you count every stroke, and then you are flighted. Today, you are flighted and that’s all together different.

“It’s a totally different strategy when your playing match play, but Mark Provoast was the champion. He beat me and he played extremely well.”