Talk about pressure.
Joe Quinn was the home course favorite, and no home course favorite from Gladstone had ever won a Upper Peninsula Golf Association title.
Iron Mountainâ??s Jim Markell had the lead heading into the final round, with Quinn two strokes behind.
Incredibly enough, seven players were within four shots of Markell Sunday morning.
In the end, Irish Oaksâ?? Larry Bratonia and Menominee Riversideâ??s Joe Collard both finished 72 holes at 291. That meant Quinn and Sault Ste. Marieâ??s Brian Smith had to settle the UPGA title in a playoff.
Smith started with a par putt on the last hole, and the pressure was on Quinn to make a birdie for the victory.
As the crowd calmed down, Quinn struck the ball, and nailed the birdie.
â??All I was looking at initially wasâ?|he was not going to make his puttâ?| and I was looking at where to two-putt it,â?? Quinn said. â??After he made his, I switched to what I wanted to doâ?| and it slipped in that right edge.â??
He shot a 73 on the final day, becoming the first Gladstone Golf Club member to ever capture a UPGA menâ??s title.
â??I showed a little emotion,â?? Quinn said. â??I didn't let it get to me, other than the members telling me, you know, this is yours. This is your courseâ?| and that's hardâ?| that's a lot of pressure.â??
Here are the final results in the championship flight:
1 Quinn, Joe 290
2 Smith, Brian 290
3 Markell, Jim 291
4 Collard, Joe 291
5 Bratonia, Larry 291
6 Clements, Mark 292
7 Robinette, Brian 293
8 Argall, Matt 294
9 Hruska, Dennis 296
10 Dishaw, Dustin 296
11 Kiser, Noah 300
12 Viitala, Dan 301
13 Brueggeman, Jon 301
14 Wester, Chadd 304
15 Greis, Gary 308
16 Koski, Jared 313
For full results of the UPGA menâ??s final, visit: http://www.gladstonegolf.com/index.php?ID=71