Escanaba’s Scott Lancour rallies to claim first UPGA Championship

MANISTIQUE – Scott Lancour of Escanaba rallied to the crown Sunday at the UPGA Championships in Manistique by shooting a 73, which was good enough to pass by Nagy’s gross score (289) by three strokes after he finished the day with a 77.

Heading into Sunday, Nagy clung to a narrow one-stroke lead. Both Lancour and Nagy shot 37’s as their group rounded the corner, and Nagy’s advantage was still intact. However, heading into the 17th hole, Lancour had evened the score by racking up birdies on holes 11, 12, and 15 to bring himself back within contention.

Nagy had some struggles on 17, shooting an quadruple bogey, while Lancour finished with a bogey to give himself the three-stroke lead heading into the final hole. Both golfers shot for par on 18, and Lancour claimed the title.

“It’s awesome,” Lancour said in regards to his victory. “I was the underdog. (Nagy) should have been lapping the field. It’s his home course and he’s an awesome player. I just stuck in there and played my own game.

“I didn’t play him, I played the course, (and) I love playing out here. Mike’s a great player, and he deserves everything he’s got.”

Nagy said his problems on hole 17 may have began with the break their group took on hole 16 due to rain. Then, after he began with an aggressive line on 17, it seemed to go downhill from there.

“I hit it pretty much how I wanted to, it was just a little bit too much draw on it,” he said. “It was kind of a crazy finish. After the break, we were the only ones out on the course, and it was just a different feeling.”

Lancour added that the way Indian Lake is set up allows his game to flourish.

“This is the place I want to play at all the time,” he said. “I just played solid. I didn’t lose one ball all week, I didn’t have one penalty shot. I just hit it straight and consistent.”

Tim Drees of Menominee took third place with a gross score of 292, and Mark Clements of Ishpeming followed with a 302.

Chris Rhoades of Marquette rounded out the top five with a total score of 304.

Joe Collard took home first flight honors, shooting a 303. Steve Schmidt took second, also shooting 303, and Jon Ellis took third with a score of 310.

Menominee Riverside won the team event, but complete final scores were not available. The team was comprised of Drees, Bill Langlois, Joey Collard, Steve Schmidt and Wes Stripling.

Next year’s UPGA Championship, which will mark its 100th year, is set to take place at Gladstone Golf Club.