Lancour narrows Nagy’s lead at UPGA tourney

MANISTIQUE – Mike Nagy of Manistique is still leading the pack after the second day of competition at the UPGA Championship at Indian Lake Golf Course in Manistique after shooting a 73 Friday.

However, he heads into championship flight play just one stroke ahead of Escanaba’s Scott Lancour, who shot a 71 on both days for a gross score of 142.

“I’m hitting the ball the best I have all year,” Lancour said. “I love playing here, I love everything about this course, and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m still chasing Mike (Nagy) though. He’s a great player, and he’s got a lot of experience out here, as well as a lot of people rooting for him.”

Lancour added that the rest of the competition is going to get longer and harder, but he feels confident about the way he’s been playing.

Mark Clements of Ishpeming also finished with a 71 Friday, bringing his gross score to 144 and giving him third place.

Menominee’s Tim Drees shot 73’s both days, which was good enough for fourth overall. He was followed by Chris Rhoades of Marquette at 148, while Dustin Dishaw of Crystal Falls and last year’s champion, Jim Markell of Iron Mountain, came in at 149. Markell improved his score by shooting a 71 Friday.

“I turned it around a little and got within shouting distance,” he said. “Nagy still shot great today, and he is still leaps and bounds ahead of us. But I’m not focusing on his game, I’m just trying to make the championship flight.”

Markell added that his group was fortunate that the wind didn’t pick up until they were on their final five or six holes.

“I feel bad for some of the guys that started later on,” he said. “It’s really windy out there right now.”

Marquette’s Chad Wester rounded out both days with a 150, and Bill Langlois, Joe Quinn, Rob Ryan, and Eric Spindler all grossed 151.

Tom LaVigne and West Stripling scored 152’s, and Scott Erickson, Brett Hauswirth, and Tim Steiger all put up 153 to round out the top 17.

The top 16 players will advance to championship flight play throughout Saturday and Sunday, and the others will also be divided up into groups of 16.