Carney, BR-H claim victory at Mid Peninsula invite

ESCANABA – The Bark River-Harris girls and Carney-Nadeau boys came away victorious in their first golf matches of the season Monday at the Mid Peninsula Invitational at Irish Oaks.

The Broncos girls won with a scramble score of 41 followed by Carney-Nadeau/Stephenson with 43 and Mid Peninsula with 44 through nine holes.

The Carney-Nadeau boys shot an impressive seven-under 65 thanks in part to the effort of eighth grader Hunter Eichhorn. Bark River-Harris and Big Bay de Noc tied with 73.

The Broncos girls were led by returning starters Savannah Stenberg and Haley Clement. The other girls on the team are freshmen Payton Bozzo and Hannah Starnes and sophomore Christine Kutha.

“I have two returners on my girls team that helped a lot from last year and have been with me since freshmen (Stenberg and Clement).” said Broncos coach Scott Farnsworth. “And I expect big things from my two freshmen. Not to put too much pressure on them, but they come from families that do a lot of golfing, so they’re solid golfers that know a little about the game, and Christine, who started last year and doing a nice job. I’m hoping she keeps improving as the year goes on.”

Farnsworth said the score wasn’t a huge concern for him going into the meet, but rather it was nice just to get out on the course.

“It was nice to be able to have the boys and girls swing some clubs and play a full round of golf, especially the way the weather has been this spring,” he said. “It’s been tough to even get out and practice chipping and putting; a normal U.P. spring you could say. This year, I’m not so worried about the score, but getting kids some repetition going. The biggest thing is making the game fun.”

The Broncos boys, though perhaps not as strong as recent years, are led by senior Mitch Johnson and Sam Cochrane. The team also includes juniors Dustin Wolf and Matt Sundling and a promising freshman in Max Krachenski.

“I’ve been blessed over the last 6-8 years and have had some very strong boys teams. This year, I have some returning, but they have some work to do,” said Farnsworth. “Talent-wise, they’re OK. They’re very steady, but they have some work to do on fundamentals and learning course management. Hopefully that will come along.

“It was nice to get them on the course and see the difference between the driving range and getting on the course.”