MARINETTE — The last few months the world has been turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a sense of normalcy — with a few restrictions — returned on Monday as Little River Country Club hosted its annual Memorial Day Scramble.

98 golfers split into 49 groups of two, and in the end the championship flight came down to a tiebreaker between the duo of Ty Kretz and Alex Drys and Denin and Tom Bieberitz who each shot 32 on the front-nine and 29 on the back for an 18-hole score of 61 (nine-under-par). Kretz and Drys won the tiebreaker, carding a three on the par-5 18th while the Bieberitz’s notched a birdie.

Mike and Jim Wagner won the tiebreaker over Blake Grenier and Glen Reinke for third-place as each group finished with a 63 but the Wagner’s birdie on hole No. 16 gave them the edge. Bob Koehn and Chuck Heath, Matt Wagner and Brady Badker and Rev and Dan Stubenvoll all tied for fifth-place with 64s to narrowly miss out on a chance at third.

In the first flight, Mike and Andy Swanson were victorious on the first tiebreak hole after tying with Bill Lund and Butch Ganter with five-under-par 65s while the teams of Steve and Kyle Cheney, Adam Ganter and Brandon Koronkiewicz, Brendon Thomas and Brad Thielen, and Oscar Burnett and Ken Gressel tied for third with 66s. Scott Eldredge Sr. and Scott Eldredge Jr. beat out Trey Kretz and Adam Drys for seventh-place in the first flight on the first tiebreak hole, but that allowed Kretz and Drys to bump down to the second flight where they came in first with a 67.

Adam and Jeff Bauman won a tiebreaker over Cody Bezio and Matt Messenger and Brian and David Wiltzius to win the third flight with an even-par 70; Derek Smith and Byron Kowalski won the fourth flight over Jeff and Ben Thielen with a two-over-par 72; Andy Walters and Scott MacIntyre took home the fifth flight with a 74 and Andy Duffrin and Matt Borths carded a 78 to win the sixth flight.

While the golfers were out enjoying the beautiful weather and spending time on the course, the course itself had a bit of a different feel to it.

Instead of putting the ball into a cup on the green, a foam insert has been placed around the flagstick to prevent unnecessary touching and benches, water coolers and ball washers have not yet been placed on the course for the same reason.

As far as the tournament itself, fun side activities like flag events were unable to be done because in order to record your shot you need to pick up clipboard and sign a piece of paper, so it was just easier and safer to do without.

“These are the times we’re living in,” Little River owner Pete Kretz said. “We’re happy we can at least get out on the course, now we’re just taking it day by day and seeing what we can do.”