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Senior Russel Sprecher qualifies for various state amateur golf tournaments along with his Northern Michigan University teammates | News, Sports, Jobs
Senior Russel Sprecher qualifies for various state amateur golf tournaments along with his Northern Michigan University teammates | News, Sports, Jobs


Golfer Russel Sprecher, a senior at Northern Michigan University, watches his swing during a Wildcats meet in the 2023-24 season. (Photo courtesy of NMU)

MARQUETTE – Following the success of two of his teammates, golfer Russel Sprecher of Northern Michigan University has also qualified for his state’s upcoming amateur championship.

In the second half of June 2023-24, sophomore Brady Badker qualified for the Wisconsin Amateur Championship, while freshman Arthur Ylitalo made it to the Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Sprecher, who was listed as a senior on NMU’s golf roster for the 2023-24 season, will compete in the Golf Association of Michigan Amateur Championship in early August.

He shot an even-par round of 72 to finish second in a qualifying tournament held Friday at Michaywe Pines in southern Gaylord.

Interestingly, Sprecher’s hometown is listed as Capser, Wyoming on the NMU roster, and the qualifying tournament rankings page also lists Casper as his hometown, but likely because of his ties to NMU, he is eligible to play in the Michigan amateur tournament.

He qualifies for the GAM Championship, which will be held on August 5 and 6 at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

The top eight golfers from Gaylord and two alternates advanced to the state tournament, needing a score of 3-over 75 to claim both eighth place and the two alternate spots.

The winner of the tournament was John Carras from Naples, Florida shot a 2-under-par 70. Jeffrey Sager of Alma tied with Sprecher with a 72-shot round in the field of 47 golfers at Gaylord.

Sprecher, who shot 1-under-par 35 on the first nine holes and 1-over-par 37 on the second nine, made four birdies and four bogeys and 10 pars, with three of his birdies coming on par-5 holes.

He was 2 under par after six holes, having made birdies on the 540-yard par 5 2nd hole and the 336-yard par 4 6th hole, but giving those shots up with bogeys on the 402-yard par 4 8th hole and the 388-yard par 4 10th hole.

His last five holes were eventful, with only one of them coming in par. He made a birdie on the 557-yard par 5 14th hole, a bogey on the 190-yard par 3 16th hole, a birdie on the 534-yard par 5 17th hole and a bogey on the 350-yard par 4 18th hole.

Of particular note, he was one of only three golfers to make birdie No. 6. He was also one of only eight golfers to make birdie No. 2, one of eight to make birdie No. 14, and one of seven to make birdie No. 17.

Ylitalo, who qualified for the Minnesota tournament on June 17, will play in his state’s amateur championship in Bloomington Monday through Wednesday, while Badker, who actually lives in Menominee, qualified for the Wisconsin event on June 29 and will play in his state’s amateur championship in Waukesha Monday through next Thursday.

Information compiled by Steve Brownlee, the Journal’s sports editor. His email address is [email protected].



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