WIC golf captures home invitational titles
Forest Park senior Riley Hendrickson carded a team-best 89 as the Trojans placed 12th at Young’s Golf Course.
IRON RIVER—At the end of May, the U.P. golf championships will be held at Young’s. As a prelude of sorts, the West Iron County and Forest Park squads took to the challenging course last week as West Iron hosted a boys and girls invitational.
The Wykons captured at least a share of both team titles, tying for the girls crown on May 15 and then winning boys trophy outright on May 16. The Forest Park boys placed 12th of the 15 teams competing.
The West Iron girls totaled 431 to finish in a tie with Ontonagon. The Wykon boys nipped Houghton 329 to 332 to capture the team championship.
Tori and Trey Bociek led West Iron in their respective events. Tori Bociek shot a personal best 93 to finish second overall behind medalist Payton Dube of Hancock, who carded an 86. Trey Bociek paced the Wykon boys with a 79 to finish tied for second, two strokes behind medalist Jiseung Choi of Houghton.
Riley Hendrickson led Forest Park with an 89 to wind up in tied for 19th.
In the girls event, West Iron had to share the team title for the first time this spring as the Wykons had won each of their other events outright when they’ve played their normal starting squad.
As WIC coach Mark Martini pointed out, a missed short putt here and there is all that separated the Wykon girls from another outright victory.
“I think we probably learned a lot today,” Martini said after the girls invite. “I think winning has been kind of easy, we had three wins in a row, and this is a wake-up call. Every one of them had a few shots that they would take back right now, like a missed 8-inch putt. You miss a putt like that without caring that much and then you find out …. After today and after the lecture that they got about missed putts, they’re ready now.”
Tori Bociek, who is basically a novice at the game, has taken to it quite quickly. The sophomore has led her team in every event she’s played to this point.
“I’ve improved a lot for sure,” she said. “I started (the season) with a 104 and now I shot a 93. (Today), I started out pretty well and then later I got pretty sloppy and tired, but other than that, I felt pretty good.”