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Dufrane Wins UP Ladies Golf Assoc. Championship at LRRC
Marinette High School alumni, Abby Dufrane won the 2016 Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association Golf championship on Thursday, July 21, which was held at Little River.
She defeated Ishpemings Karen Plaiser, last year's champion, 5 and 4 on Thursday to win the championship after Plaiser conceded with four to play.
Dufrane was up two early, parred the par-five fifth hole to go up three and birdied the par-four ninth to go up four. Dufrane went up five on the 12th, but gave it back on the next hole which Plaiser won with a par. Plaiser conceded the match after the pair tied the 14th with pars to give Dufrane the victory.
Before the final, however, she was faced with a tough showdown with former Marine teammate and close friend Kayla Thielen.
Dufrane defeated Thielen earlier on Thursday 1 up. Thielen shot a 75 and Dufrane shot a 73. The match was tied after the front nine. Thielen, was very pleased with the match, and described it as "a battle," saying, "It was my goal to stick with her and I did. It was just back and forth all day."
Dufrane, who was down three going onto the thirteenth whole, said "(caddy) Mike (Wagner) and I kind of looked at each other like "let's go. We can do this.'" She continued, saying, "I think I felt really good having Mike on the bag." From that point Dufrane rallied shooting even par over the final five holes to win the match.
College experience was a factor, Dufrane, who will be entering her junior year on the South Dakota University Golf Team. She noted how she got a break during the day, which is not a luxury given during college competition. "That was really nice, to be able to just sit in the air conditioning, get a little air and then go back out feeling refreshed," she said.
Both golfers thought the weather was a big factor towards the end of the day. "I thought the heat became a factor right at the end of the day," said Dufrane. Thielen noted the discrepancies in the weather throughout Thursday. "The front nine it was chilly, you debated a jacket, and there was water everywhere." In the afternoon, however, on the back nine, "it was so hot." She said it was "like two completely different rounds."
Dufrane said she'll be back to try and defend her title next year. "I'm going all the way up to Marquette," she said.
Plaiser defeated Pembine's Karen McCorkle 2 and 1 to reach the final match.
Becky Cecconi from Florence took fifth in the championship flight.
Linda Richard won the presidents flight. Tammy DeBakker won the first flight, Tina Weiland won the second flight, and Linda Dugas won the third flight.