Forest Park’s boys golf team earned the runner-up trophy at the Division 3 U.P. Finals May 31. From left: Michael Smithson, Matthew Sawyer, David Beck, Dustin Dishaw and Kevin Stankewicz.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park wrapped up another successful high school golf season at the Division 3 U.P. Finals May 31 by earning a team runner-up award, a medalist and a runner-up medalist—at different meets.
While Dustin Dishaw’s 77 led the Trojan boys to second place at the D3 boys championship, held at Highland Golf Club outside of Escanaba, Lexi Gussert was medalist at the girls meet, held at Terrace Bluff Country Club near Gladstone.
Dishaw finished second to Cedarville’s Joe Duncan (76) in the individual leaderboard, and an encounter with a snowman on the third hole is why.
In golf slang, a snowman is when you score 8 on a hole. Dishaw was classy enough to laugh about it after the round, but it couldn’t have been much fun when it happened.
After a good drive, “I hit my second shot against a little tree. I kind of duffed one a little bit, hit my next shot close to the green, chipped on and had a three-putt.”
But that was the only hiccup in his game. After going 6-over 41 on the front nine, Dishaw shot even par 36 on the back nine to finish at 77.
“I played pretty good today,” Dishaw said. “I just had a few pretty bad holes. Overall, I’m satisfied.”
Painesdale Jeffers is the new boys Division 3 team champion. The Jets finished with a score of 321, eight strokes ahead of the Trojans’ 329. Munising took third with 331. The Jets had consistency, with scores of 79. 79, 81 and 82.
After Dishaw’s 77, the Trojans’ David Beck shot 41-41—82. Kevin Stankewicz had an 84 (44-40), Matthew Sawyer finished with 86 (43-43) and Michael Smithson had 99 (48-51). The four best individual scores count for the team score.
Beck won a medal for finishing in a tie for sixth place.
Meanwhile, at Terrace Bluff, Lexi Gussert had no problems earning medalist honors in the girls finals. The big sophomore sizzled with a 90. She and Cedarville’s Cayla Massey (95) were the only golfers to break 100.
Overall, the Trojan girls finished fourth with a score of 470. Cedarville finished first at 431, followed by Jeffers (454), Munising (459) and the Lady Trojans.
Other Trojan scores were Abby Sommers with 121, Tony Santi with 125, Hannah Marinoff with 134 and Kaitlyn Bradley at 144. The four best team scores gave Forest Park its 470.