Pine to Palm
Spotlight vol. 64 no. 1
detroit lakes, minnesota
thursday, august 12, 2010
The 2009 Pine to Palm Champion
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Walters and Freeman are co-medalists Hoge remains hot, even in practice rounds BY BRIAN WIERIMA
For the 17th time in the 78 years of the Pine to Palm Tournament, the two-day qualifier ended with multiple medalists at the Detroit Country Club. After St. Paul’s Wade Walters shot a 66 Tuesday, thus winning lowman honors after the first day of qualifying, he shot one-under par 70 for a final score of 136. Fargo’s Ben Freeman played the opposite, after he carded an even-par 71 the first day, he then came with his best game Wednesday with a six-under par 65 to earn comedalist laurels with Walters. For Walters, his third try in the Pine to Palm, inking his name in the tournament’s storied history is an honor. “I’m very satisfied with getting medalist honors,” Walters said. “I came into it looking at it as two tournaments, one stroke play and the other as match play. “It’s very rewarding getting my name up on the medalist board on the clubhouse. That was my one goal when I came here, getting my name up on one of those boards, be it either for winning medalist or winning it all.” Freeman already knows the feeling of seeing his name
Wade Walters watches his tee shot on the par four 13th hole Wednesday. on the Pine to Palm boards, after he won the championship in 2008 when he beat Brandon Hartzell 4 and 2. “It feels good finishing on top of qualifying, but that’s done now, it doesn’t matter much for match play,” Freeman said. “I’d love to win it again, I know I have to just keep plugging away.” Ironically, one of the main reasons the 27-year-old Wal-
ters is playing in the Pine to Palm is his cousin, who happens to be the player Freeman beat for his championship in 2008 — Hartzell, who also qualified for match play with a 146. “Brandon told me I have more game here at the Pine to Palm than he had when he made the championship in 2008,” Walters said. That showed at least in the
qualifying rounds, as Walters shot for a field-low 66 Tuesday and basically had only one bad hole Wednesday. Walters had the opportunity to play with defending champion Tom Hoge, who shot a rousing 65-66 for a terrific 10-under par 131 in his practice rounds. “His resume’ speaks for itself,” Walters said of Hoge. “It was fun playing in the same group with him and it was a chance to see him play for the first time, just in case we have to play each other in match play.” Walters was even par after nine, after he rebounded from a bad shot in the rough behind a tree on hole nine. He was able to loft a shot over the tree and complete the birdie bid with a 20-foot putt. Walters was sitting at threeunder par by the 14th hole, but a double bogey on 15 set him back a bit. “I also missed a short birdie putt on 16, but was able to finish out with two pars on 17 and 18,” Walters said. “I thought I could come close to shooting another 66, especially after being three-under par after 14.” Freeman made birdie on two of the three par five holes, while making eagle on 16 to key his 65 Wednesday. But for the most part, Freeman’s game was steady, as he sunk the majority of his putts. “It was good to go out and have a good round and get a good feel for the course,” Freeman said. “Now, I just have to take it one hole at a time and never count out an opponent, because I’ve learned in match play, you’re never out of it.” Travis Ross, who is a ju-
nior on the New Mexico State men’s golf team and hails from Crookston, came in with a 139 after he carded a three-under par 69 Wednesday. He tied with former University of Minnesota golfer and two-time Pine to Palm champion (1991 and 2005) Rick Kuhn, who shot a consistent 69-70. Needless to say, all the other 63 golfers are well aware of
“It’s very rewarding getting my name up on the medalist board...” Co-medalist Wade Walters
Former Pine to Palm champion Ben Freeman grits his teeth as he watches his tee shot headed towards the bunker in front of the green on the short par four seventh hole. His ball bounced over the bunker and rested short of the green. Freeman went on to shoot a 6-under par 65 Wednesday to take co-medalist honors with Wade Walters.
No. 1 seed Hoge, who has been playing lights out as of late. Some of his conquests this summer included winning his second consecutive State Amateur championship and qualifying for the U.S. Amateur a couple of weeks ago. His 131 stroke play score in his practice rounds shows that Hoge hasn’t slowed down at all. “I’ve been hitting the ball well the last three to four weeks,” Hoge said. “I just hope to keep it going through six matches this week.” Hoge hit 16 greens in regulation Wednesday during his second practice round, which he said he will need with another tough field at the Pine to Palm. “The field is great and probably as strong as it has been since I’ve been playing,” Hoge said. “The course is in great condition, too.” Overall, a total of six former Championship to page 3 ➤
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➤ Championship from page 2 Pine to Palm champions qualified for championship match play, including Hoge, Freeman, Kuhn, Corey Blenkush (2007), Greg Melhus (2003) and Russ Newman (1992 and 1994). Detroit Lakes will also be well represented, as five former Lakers made the cut, which was 148. Ben Bergquist shot a 69 Tuesday and a 74 Wednesday for a final 143, while Ryan Kuehne fired a final 145, Tanner Lane a 146, Nic Wagner a 147 and Adam McArthur a 148. McArthur survived a 14man playoff for the last 11 spots, which took place after the Championship qualifying round. For Kuehne, his goal is to make it past the first round after making the cut the last three years in a row. “The last couple of years, I had some tough draws in Russ Newman and Jim Strandemo (two-time Pine to Palm champion),” Kuehne said. “But I’m hoping to take that first step now and make it out of the first round.” Lane will be using his Pine to Palm Tournament experience as his last gusto of summer, before he reports to the Junior League USHL hockey team Fargo Force in a couple of weeks. The high school senior shot a 74-72 for a 146 to qualify for match play. “I’m not looking to do anything stupid and just shoot for pars,” Lane said of his outlook for match play. “I don’t want to get down early and try to put the pressure on my opponent.” The first round of Champi-
Tom Hoge watches his 300-yard monster tee shot on the par four 13th hole during a practice round Wednesday afternoon. His tee shot landed about 30 yards short of the green, where he chipped up and putted in for birdie. onship match play will start Thursday afternoon, with the first group teeing off at 12:15 p.m.
Big playoff fills final 11 spots
There were 14 golfers with a score of 148 fighting for the final 11 spots Wednesday evening. The 11 golfers who sur-
vived the playoff included Coy Papachek, Jon Stecher, Jon Miller, Connor Holland, Phillip Haug, Adam McArthur, Jeff Lamp, Nick Gillam, Newman and Mitch Buboltz. The three who lost out were Matt Rubis, Chris Clark and Nick Schaefer.
Pat Deitz of Fargo hits an approach shot to the par five 12th green during Wednesday’s Pine to Palm qualifying.
Pine to Palm medalists
1931—Paul Cook, Bismarck, 69 1932—Paul Cook, Bismarck, 72-72—145 1933—Pat Sawyer, Minneapolis, 66-70—136 1934—Fritz Carman, Detroit Lakes, 71-70— 141 1935—Virgil Roby, Minneapolis, 67-72—139 1936—A l Rindy, Grand Forks, and Ernotte Hiller, Crookston, 148 1937—Bobby Campbell, Duluth, 69 1938—Johnny Buck, Detroit Lakes, 69 1939—Palmer Kize, Redwood Falls, 67 1940—Don Peddie, Minneapolis, 71 1941—Al Rindy, Grand Forks, 69 1942-43—No tournament 1944—Ed Cox, Bismarck, 72 1945—Chuck Betcher, Red Wing, 70 1946—Ben Dablow, St. Paul, 67 1947—Gordy Soderberg, Minneapolis, 70 1948—Paul O’Leary, Bismarck, 68 1949—Dr. O.C. Nord, Grand Forks, 70 1950—Bob Leonard, Fargo, 140 1951—R. J. Atkinson, Kansas City and Dick Spangler, Lincoln, NE, 142 1952—Neil Croonquist, Minneapolis, 137 1953—Jack Webb, Spirit Lake, IA, 137 1954—Jack Webb, Spirit Lake, IA, and John Olsen, Duluth, 136 1955—Jerry Burns, Hastings, 140 1956—Jim Moeller, Holdenville, OK, and Eddie Langert, Mpls., 139 1957—George Lee, Humboldt, IA, 143 1958—Jack Rule, Waterloo, IA, 132 1959—George Lee, Humboldt, IA, and Chuck Courtney, LaJolla, CA, 140 1960—Frank James, Grinnell, IA, 138 1961—G eorge Cram, Jr., Bismarck, Frank James, Grinnell, IA, Gene Dahlbender, Atlanta, GA, and Bud Chapman, Minneaplis, 137 1962—George Cram Jr., Minot, ND, 137 1963—Richard Killian, Houston, TX, 136 1964—Bob Jerhoff, Billings, MT, 143 1965—Bob Dahm, Fargo, 139 1966—Mike Morley, Minot, ND, 138 1967—Robert Davis, Cedar Falls, IA, 141 1968—Al Ostberg, Faribault, 141 1969—John Maroni, Minneapolis, and Doug Gillam, Fargo, 141 1970—Al Ostberg, Faribault, 141 1971—Mike Fermoyle, Minneapolis, 140 1972—Bill Waryan, Minneapolis, 138 1973—Jim Ihnot, Minneapolis, 135 1974—Terry Moores, St. Paul, 139 1975—Tom Hoffman, Mankato, Dr. Rick Render, Bloomington and Craig Stein, Moorhead, 141 1976—Terry Moores, St. Paul, 139
1977—Rick Benshoof, Detroit Lakes, 137 1978—R.J. Smiley, Garrison, 72-68—140 1979—Scott Harris, Roseau, 67-68—135 1980—Tom Lehman, Alexandria, 69-66—135 1981—Kirk Snider, Hastings, 67-69—136 1982—Bob Dahm, Fargo, 138 1983—Pat Herzog, Alexandria; Gary Johnson, Mahnomen; Jim Lehman Jr., Alexandria, 142 1984—Pat Herzog, Alexandria, 134 1985—Jim Sorenson, Bloomington, 138 1986—Pat Herzog, Alexandria, and Mike Podolak, Fargo, 134 1987—Mike Podolak, Fargo, 138 1988—J on Christian, Albert Lea, and Mike Podolak, Fargo, 137 1989—Terry O’Loughlin, White Bear Lake, 138 1990—Pat Herzog, Fergus Falls, 137 1991––Todd Hallett, Eden Prairie, 134; Mike Podolak, Fargo, 134 1992—M ike Podolak, Fargo, 135; Dave Morberg, Kalispell, Mont., 135 1993— Mike Podolak, Oxbow, 136 1994—Rob Harris, Eden Prairie, 136 1995—Tim Graves, Oklahoma City, 138 1996—Adam Dooley, Albany, 137 1997—Martin LeMusurier, Minneapolis, 68-67—135 1998—Andrew Hoff, Portland, Ore., 69-68— 137 1999—Mike Podolak, Oxbow, N.D., John Carlson, Bagley, and Tim Rubis, Fargo, all with 67 (Championship qualifying llimited to 18 holes due to inclement weather conditions.) 2000—Patrick Beste, Sauk Centre, 64-70— 134 2001—Andy Doeden, Fargo, 69-63—132 2002—Josh Persons, Fargo, 65-71—136 2003—Jeff Lamp, Fargo, 63-67—130 (Record) 2004 — David Schultz, Fargo, 69-66 — 135 2005 — Kane Hanson, Detroit Lakes, 70-63 — 133 2006 — Clayton Rask, Otsego, 69-63 — 132 2007 — Cameron White, Plymouth, 65-65 — 130 (ties record). 2008 — Tim Fiechtner, Fargo, 68-68 — 136 & Mark Robinson, Cardington, Ohio, 67-69 — 136 2009 — Tom Hoge, Fargo, 62-70 —132; Clinton Boutelle, Cody, Wyo., 67-65 — 132 2010 — Wade Walters, St. Paul, 66-70 —136; Ben Freeman, Fargo, 71-65 — 136.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Walters shoots low on 1st day of qualifying BY BRIAN WIERIMA
Even a deluge of rain Tuesday, during the first day of qualifying for the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament at the Detroit Country Club, couldn’t cool off Wade Walters’ game. After a heavy downpour late in the first round caused about an hour’s delay, Walters restarted his game by making eagle on hole six on a five-foot putt, and capped his five-under par round with a birdie on seven and a pair of pars on eight and nine to finish on top of the field of 178 golfers with a five-under par 66. “The greens were soft (with the rain) and I was able to attack the pins,” Walters said of his game. The 27-year-old St. Paul
Como High School graduate shot 33 on each nine, while making four birdies and the eagle. “I putted well,” Walters said. Walters’ group was the very last one in, with twilight descending on the Detroit Country Club. Before Walters came in with his 66, two golfers were holding the lead with their threeunder par 68’s, Mahtomedi’s Sean Barrett and Plymouth’s Andy Stahlman. Barrett — who will be a senior on the St. Thomas men’s golf team — almost was unable to even compete in his second Pine to Palm Tournament. After getting lost on the way to the DCC, Barrett just made his tee time by 15 minutes and was able to shake off
any nerves early with a birdie on the first hole. “I had just enough time to take five practice putts and then tee off,” Barrett said. “But I put the ball in play off the tee and hit a lot of greens to have a lot of good birdie putt looks.” Barrett is a co-state champion from the 2006 Minnesota Class 2A state high school meet. Stahlman, who is a freshman on the St. John’s University men’s golf team, shares second-place honors with Barrett after he fired a 68. There was a five-golfer pileup for third place, as Kenny Rucker (Eau Claire, Wis.), Matt Rubis (Fargo), Pat Deitz (Fargo), Rick Kuhn (Bismarck, N.D.) and Detroit Lakes’ Ben Bergquist all carded a two-un-
der par 69. Kuhn is a two-time Pine to Palm champion in 1991 and 2005, while Bergquist has played all his life on the DCC links. Bergquist was shooting even par before the squall hit, but finished with two birdies to score his two-under par round. The DL native isn’t a stranger to Pine to Palm Tournament play, and is now in a very comfortable position for making the field of 64 matchplay cut. “I’m not going to do anything new (Wednesday), just go out and play golf on this course like I know how to,” Bergquist said. “I like my position I’m in. You just go out the first day of qualifying not trying to shoot yourself in the
foot.” Defending champion Tom Hoge used his practice round to perfection by shooting a sixunder par 65. But Hoge’s score will not count, since he gets the automatic No. 1 seed in match play, which begins Thursday. The second day of qualifying takes the lowest 148 scores and ties, and will be trimmed down to the final field of 64 after today’s (Wednesday) round two. The Pine to Palm Long Drive Contest was Wednesday evening, instead of Tuesday, because of the rain.
PHOTOS BY BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT
Clinton Boutelle watches his tee shot to the seventh hole during Wednesday’s championship qualifying.
Pine to Palm golfer Ryan Hartwell, right, takes a relief drop behind the 18th green under the watchful eye of rules judge Greg Potvin, left, after his ball came to rest in the mud between the cart path and grass during Wednesday’s flight qualifying.
Travis Ross talks to his ball after missing a putt on the 13th green Wednesday afternoon. He shot a 3-under par 139 to take the fourth seed going into Thursday’s match play.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Siverson notches Mid-Am medalist honors BY BRIAN WIERIMA
Concordia College men’s and women’s golf coach Duane Siverson is practicing what he preaches. Siverson did what he always does when out on the links during his two qualifying rounds for the Mid-Amateur Division in the Pine to Palm Tournament, Monday and Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club — he made pars. Siverson — who also was Concordia’s men’s basketball coach for 17 years — played for par, and it was more than good enough to earn Mid-Am medalist honors with a final two-under par 140, after shooting an even 71 Monday and two-under 69 Tuesday.
“When I play, I’m a grinder, par is my goal,” said Siverson, who bested Detroit Lakes’ Mike Seelye by two strokes for medalist laurels. “I’ve had rounds with 18 pars. They call me a conservative player, but I just want to stay away from trouble.” Siverson didn’t find much trouble during Tuesday’s twounder par round — and when he did find it, he got out of it. Two sand shots saved a pair of pars on holes eight and 17, while he added a string of three consecutive birdies on five through seven. “After I made birdie on holes five through seven, I saw two guys in the group in front of us push their tee shots out of bounds on eight,” Siverson said. “So I held onto my shot
and hit the bunker, but I was able to lay it 12-feet below the hole and save par. “I felt after that, I could make the rest of my shots.” Siverson made birdie on 16 to go back to two-under par, then saved par on 17 after landing in the bunker and putting his sand shot six feet from within the cup. “I was driving the ball well and kept the ball in play all day,” Siverson added. The Concordia golf coach returns to the Pine to Palm after about a 15-year layoff. He competed in Championship play and was a regular making the cut for match play, but never advanced past the third round. “Now, I’m just going to keep my wits and stay focused
2010 Pine to Palm Mid-Am Championship #1 Jay Olafson
(in Mid-Am match play),” said Siverson, who will carry the No. 2 seed, with defending champion Jay Olafson gaining the automatic No. 1 seed. “Like I tell my college kids when they ask how to play match-play — just go out and make par.” Siverson claims the secondever Mid-Am medalist laurels in the Pine to Palm, after Otis Hesteness of Mission, Texas, won the inaugural Mid-Am honors last year. Hesteness made the cut of 16 for match play after shooting a 10-over 150. Seelye just missed earning medalist honors after shooting a one-under par 70 Tuesday, after his one-over 72 Monday. “I am very happy shooting one-under (Tuesday),” Seelye said. “I’ve been playing well lately. The Mid-Am is wonderful for our age of guys, too. We still can play with the young golfers, but it’s hard to stay consistent against them all week.” Perry Piatz was the only other golfer to shoot a two-under 69 during Mid-Am qualify-
#16 Brad Solheim #8 George Strand #9 AJ Greff #4 Bob Cavanagh #13 Craig Stein #5 Scott Linnerooth #12 Wade King #2 Duane Siverson #15 Miles Schacher #7 Chad Niles #10 Kent Fronk #3 Mike Seelye #14 Otis Hesteness #6 Perry Piatz #11 Keith Aasen
2010 Mid-Am Champion
Otis Hesteness became the first-ever Pine to Palm MidAm medalist in 2009, firing a three-over par 145 in qualifying play.
ing, carding his Monday. Piatz shot for a hole in one on hole 14 to key his two-under score. He finished with a five-over par 76 Tuesday and will carry the sixth seed into match play. The field of 16 is set to tee it off for match play, starting Thursday.
Mid-Am scores Final 2-round qualifying scores (top 16 qualify for match play): Jay Olafson (def. champ), Duane Siverson 7169-140; Mike Seelye 72-70-142; Bob Cavanagh 72-71-143; Scott Linnerooth 70-73-143; Perry Piatz 69-76-145; Chad Niles 72-75-147; George Strand 71-76-147; AJ Greff 75-74-149; Kent Fronk 70-79-149; Keith Aasen 77-72149; Wade King 77-72-149; Craig Stein 73-77-150; Otis Hesteness 76-74-150; Miles Schacher 78-73-151; Brad Solheim 79-75-154…Missed cut: Thomas Solien 79-75-154; Paul Uithoven 7679-155; Thomas Liudahl 79-76-155; Tim Carlson 75-81-156; Bill Schommer 81-75-156; Eric King 78-79-157; Aaron Burnside 82-76-158; Jay Peterson 7880-158.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Stromstad is new Senior’s medalist record holder Fires a 6-under par 65 to shatter Wernick’s 1999 mark of 68 BY BRIAN WIERIMA
The Pine to Palm has a new Senior’s medalist record after Bismarck’s John Stromstad shattered the old mark with his six-under par 65. And he credits his strong play to the shiny part of his golf ball. Stromstad’s 65 eclipsed Robert Wernick’s three-over par 68, which he set in 1999, and it’s all due to a little tip former University of Minnesota golfer and instructor Perry Andrisen gave him this summer. “This July 1, Perry gave me the best tip I ever received in my 50 years of playing golf,” Stromstad said. “He told me to see the shiny part of the golf ball and keep my eye on it. It sounds easy, but it has helped me keep my eye on the ball and really helps me keep my focus.” In Stromstad’s case, proof is in the pudding. After taking Andrisen’s tip to heart, Stromstad went on to win the All-State Tournament in Bismarck and the North Dakota Seniors Championship. So after his recent success, Stromstad decided to take his game on the road to a tournament he has admired since his younger years. “I played in the Pine to Palm in 1969 and always wanted to come back,” the Senior’s medalist said. “This is the best golf I have played in my entire life.” Obviously, it was the best Senior’s golf round the Pine to Palm has ever
seen. Stromstad’s round started golden, with an up-and-down game on his opening hole 10. He kept rolling right along by making birdie on holes 11 and 12. He recovered from a bogey on 13 with par putts on holes 14-17, and then took birdie on 18 to go 2-under at the turn. A birdie on two, after just coming up short on his 15-foot eagle putt, continued his hot streak. He capped his history-making round with birdies on eight and nine. “I was counting the numbers before I started playing and figured a 77 would be close to making the cut,” Stromstad said. “I just wanted to avoid the big numbers, but I have never hit the ball better and further than I have been lately.” Even after a long absence from the Pine to Palm, Stromstad came back with a fury and now will see his name on the medalist list board on the Detroit Country Club clubhouse. “It’s awesome,” Stromstad said. “It was a good day.” The closest anyone came to Stromstad’s 65 was Fargo’s Clint Nelson’s two-over par 73. John Schwankl and Mike Stirling each finished with a 74 to tie for third. The Senior’s field of 16 had a clean cut of a seven-over par 78, with three tying for the bottom three positions in Rick Crawford, Burke Kiger and Ron Burnside. Defending champion T.L. Solien
John stromstad broke the Pine to Palm Senior’s medalist record with his 65. will hold the No. 1 seed and Stromstad will carry the No. 2 seed. The 16 championship qualifiers include: Solien, Stromstad, Nelson, Schwankl, Stirling, Spencer Clark, Conrad Lopes, Larry Olin, John Hagge, Ron Galuska, Rob Harris, Dan Elton, Tim Rubis, Crawford, Kiger and Burnside. Senior championship match play will start at 8:40 a.m. Thursday morning on the first tees.
2010 Pine to Palm Senior Championship #1 TL Solien #16 ron burnside #8 larry olin #9 john hagge #4 john schwankl #13 Tim rubis #5 mike stirling #12 dan w elton #2 john stromstad #15 burke kiger #7 conrad lopes #10 ron galuska #3 clinT nelson #14 rick crawford #6 spencer clark #11 rob harris
2010 Senior Champion
Pine to Palm Senior Medalists 1967—Ed Printz, Omaha, and E.E. Kaiser, Fargo—75 1968—Nick P. Soteroplos, Minneapolis, and E.E. Kaiser, Fargo—78 1969—Ed Printz, Omaha—74 1970—Ed Printz, Omaha—71 1971—Ed Printz, Omaha—70 1972—E.E. Kaiser, Fargo; Al Erickson, Minneapolis; Leo Flaming, West Fargo; Cliff Hanson, Minneapolis; and Ed Printz, Omaha—80 1973—B.J. Porter, Minneapolis—76 1974—George Stone, Edina—73 1975—George Stone, Edina—75 1976—George Stone, Edina, and Charles Blankenship, Omaha—77 1977—Gene O’Brien, Faribault—76 1978—John R. Goff, Fargo—73 1979—Gene O’Brien, Faribault, and Dick Davies, Albert Lea—77 1980—Al Jensen, Bagley—74 1981—Howard Barr, Bloomington—73 1982—George Stone, Edina—76 1983—Gene O’Brien, Faribault, and Barney Gervais, Fergus Falls—74 1984—Howard Barr, Bloomington—73 1985—Rodney Adolph, Red Wing—73 1986—Gene O’Brien, Faribault—73 1987—Gene O’Brien, Faribault—72 1988—Al Jensen, Bagley—75 1989—Ray Bode, Underwood, and William Swanston, Fargo—74 1990—William Swanston, Fargo—74 1991––Jim Hendrick, Vidor, Tex.–73 1992—Rodney Adolph, Red Wing, and Brendan Donnelly, Fargo—77 1993—Chuck Schumacher, Perham—71 1994—Jim Hendrick, Beaumont, Texas—73 1995—Jim Smith, Fargo— and Gene Quast, Knoxville—76 1996—Robert Wernick, Rancho Mirage, Calif.— 69 1997—Gerry Douglas, Bemidji — and Harvey Borseth, Corcoran — 72 1998—Vern Steinmetz, River Falls, Wis.—72 1999—Robert Wernick, Rancho Mirage, Calif.—68 2000—Ted Hatlen, Detroit Lakes—70 2001—James “Lank” Larson, Fargo; Clint Nelson, Fargo; Gerry Douglas, Hernando, Fla.; Joe Mayer, Bemidji—72 2002—Pat Vincelli, Burnsville—71 2003—Tom Hanson, Detroit Lakes—70 2004—James “Lank” Larson, Fargo—69 2005—Doug Gillam, Eden Prairie,—70 2006—Dan Elton, Moorhead and Tim Rubis, Fargo— 69 2007 — Dr. Rick Render, Bloomington — 70. 2008 — C lint Nelson, Fargo, and Pat Vincelli, Stuart, Fla — 71 2009 — William Blake, Detroit Lakes —72 2010 — John Stromstad, Bismarck, N.D., — 65 (new record).
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Renner recovers from slow start Wins first-ever Super Senior Division medalist laurels with a two-over par 73 BY BRIAN WIERIMA
A precarious start to Chuck Renner’s Super Senior qualifying round Wednesday, made him to think about Detroit Lakes’ other big attraction — fishing. Three straight bogeys started Renner’s round, which led him to start thinking what type of bait he should use on the lake Thursday. Luckily for Renner, instead he started trying to correct his swing and it worked to near perfection, as he recovered from his three-over par start to win the first-ever Super Senior’s medalist laurels with a two-over 73. “The start was pretty pathetic,” Renner said. “I was kind of thinking of fishing already tomorrow since I didn’t think I would be in match play. “But I just was able to correct my sloppy lower body (mechanics) and that set everything right. Everything I was aiming at, I was hitting.” Renner made par putts on 16 and 17 on his front nine, and recovered for a nice birdie on
18 after driving into the trees. “I hit underneath a branch and it landed one foot from the cup for birdie,” Renner said of 18. “That at least helped me neutralize one of my bogeys.” Renner made par on his first two holes after the turn, made bogey on three and made a par putt on four. He missed a long uphill eagle putt on five, finishing with birdie and sunk another one on seven on a putt about 10-feet above the hole. Winning the first Super Senior’s medalist honor, was a nice recovery after last year’s first-round exit in Senior’s play after he lost to Dan Elton 1-up in 19 holes. It was his first year he played in the Pine to Palm. “It was nice to come back to win medalist honors,” Renner said. Renner will have the No. 1 seed and face John Lieser, who shot a qualifying score of 79. Lieser was the 1971 Pine to Palm champion. Ted Hatlen (76) of Detroit Lakes will face William Ericksen (78). In the bottom bracket, James “Lank” Larson (75) will
chuck renner becomes the first Super Seniors medalist. take on Owen Germundson, while Paul Krueger of DL (75) will play Ron Smedshammer of DL (78). The newly-created Super Senior Division had 27 golfers competing in it. Super Senior match play will start at 8:40 a.m. on tee 10 Thursday morning.
#1 chuck renner
#4 ted hatlen
#6 william ericksen
#3 paul krueger
#5 ron smedshammer
.n The official registration total for the 78th Pine to Palm is 441, up 12 players from last year. A breakdown of the divisions show there are 178 in the Championship Flight, down 8 players from last year. There are 135 in the Numbered Flights, down 9 from 2009. The inaugural year of the 2009 Mid-Am had 22 competitors, this year we have 41 in the Mid Am up 19 players, almost double the players from 2009. The Senior Flight has 60 competitors, down 17 from last year since we added the Super Seniors this year which has 27 golfers (65 years & older) playing in the first year of this division. .n Tom Hoge, defending Pine to Palm champion recently won the Minnesota State Amateur Championship for the second straight year. Hoge, a senior at Texas Christian University fired a 1 under par 71 on the final day to finish at 205 (11 under par.) Eleven players who have played in the Pine To Palm finished in the top thirty. These include Cameron White, Greg Melhus, Terry O’Loughlin, Tom Strandemo, Adam Dooley, Russ Higgins, Scott Gustafson, Dave Carohers, Johnny Larson, Cory Blenkush and Ben Freeman. .n Clayton Rask, 2008 Pine To Palm Medalist(69-63=132) but then lost to Chris Braaten of Detroit Lakes in the Sweet Sixteen(1 up) has been playing on the Canadian Professional tour for three years. Rask won the Minnesota Open last month picking up the $9,000 first place check. A graduate of the University of Minnesota where he was first team All Big Ten and had the lowest stroke average(72.94) on the team. Rask, a resident of Otsego, Mn, was a four year letter winner at Elk River H.S. He finished third in the State Class 2AA High School Golf Tournament in 2001 & 2003. .n Josh Persons, 2002 P to P Medalist with a (65-71-136), won the Dakotas Tour Hillcrest Tournament in Yankton S.D. last Sunday with rounds of 66,67,66,67 to finish 22 under par. Persons earned the $21,000 first place check. Kane Hanson 2005 Pine to Palm Champion finished tied for 6th finishing at 12 under par. Persons is playing on various tours around the country. The Fargo native is sponsored by long time veteran of the Pine to Palm, Dick McConn who has played 41 times in this tournament and the recipient of the 2009 Rutledge Award.
63 golfers who have played in the Pine to Palm for over 25 years
#8 john lieser
#7 owen germundson
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Total Pine to Palm registration up by 12 from 2009 at 441
2010 Pine to Palm Super Senior Championship
#2 james “lank” larson
2010 Super Senior Champion
50+ YearS Dr, Rick Render - 34 Mark Ericksen Sr.-55 Bill Hawkins - 34 Frank Winsor-54 Ken Riesberg - 34 Ron Vincelli - 34 40-49 Years Mark Ericksen Jr. - 33 Bill Swanston-47 Pat Vincelli - 32 Bob Dahm-48 Jim Albertson - 32 Jim Linnerooth-43 Vern Steinmetz - 32 Gene O’Brien-42 Scott Peters - 32 Jerry Hall-43 Harold Erickson - 31 Bob Fiechtner-40 Dr. Lynn Marr - 31 Dick McConn-41 Morrie Thompson - 32 35-39 Years Duane Halverson - 37 Swede Ostrom - 37 Bill Arnold - 37 Tom Hanson - 36 Jim Strandemo - 36 Russ Newman -36 Mike Ericksen - 36 Mike Shaughnessy - 35 Jim Brothers - 35 31-34 Years Gregg Ericksen -34 Bruce Lindvig - 34
30 Years Bob Cavanagh 29 Years Red Jacobson Ron Gorg Baldy Waldahl Brad Swanson 28 Years Don Anderson Bob Klas Bob Iversen George Strand Matt Ericksen
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Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Cameron White watches his approach shot to the 13th green bounce past the hole during Wednesday’s Pine to Palm
Great qualifying golf at Pine to Palm
Clockwise from above: Former Pine to Palm champion Rick Kuhn, left, shares a laugh with Jeff Lamp after Lamp chipped in for birdie on the par four 13th hole during Tuesday’s qualifying round; Tanner Jones watches his tee shot on the ninth hole Wednesday; Logan Palmer rolls in a birdie putt on the par four sixth hole during Wednesday’s qualifying; Comedalist Wade Walters repairs a deep ball mark he left in the 13th green just a few feet from the hole during Wednesday’s qualifying.
Photos by Brian Basham
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
78th Pine to Palm - Qualifying Scores CHAMPIONSHIP
TOM HOGE, FARGO, N.D. - defending champ WADE WALTERS, SAINT PAUL, Minn. - 136 Co-medalist BEN FREEMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 136 - co-medalist TRAVIS ROSS, CROOKSTON, Minn. - 139 RICK KUHN, BISMARCK, N.D. - 139 JOHN YOUNG, MARINE ON ST.CROIX, Minn. - 140 COREY BLENKUSH, MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - 140 PAT DEITZ, FARGO, N.D. - 140 BRYANT BUCKELLEW, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 141 KENNY JR RUCKER, EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - 141 NOAH LAWSON, FOREST LAKE, Minn. - 141 SPENCER HILDE, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 142 JAMES NILES, MESA, Ariz. - 142 MAX HOSKING, MADISON, Wis. - 142 CLINTON BOUTELLE, CODY, Wyo. - 142 THOMAS STRANDEMO, FARGO, N.D. - 142 ANDREW STEINHOFER, MADISON, Wis. - 142 SEAN BARRETT, MAHTOMEDI, Minn. - 142 LUKE DAVISON, FARGO, N.D. - 143 BRANDON MYERS, MOTLEY, Minn. - 143 BEN BERGQUIST, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 143 MIKE HOLM, FARGO, N.D. - 144 NICK OLSGAARD, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 144 JAMES FORD, PRIOR LAKE, Minn. - 144 CAMERON WHITE, PLYMOUTH, Minn. - 144 ANDY STAHLMAN, PLYMOUTH, Minn. - 144 TODD HILLIER, HOOPLE, N.D. - 144 BRYCE MATTSON, OXBOW, N.D. - 144 RYAN STEINERT, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 145 RYAN M KUEHNE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 145 JARED BUTLER, CHEYENNE, Wyo. - 145 TROY KLONGERBO, DULUTH, Minn. - 146 BRANDON J HARTZELL, SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - 146 CARTER HOLMQUIST, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 146 TANNER LANE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 146 BEN CAHILL, GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - 146 ADAM GRONAAS, FARGO, N.D. - 146 TANNER JONES, FARGO, N.D. - 146 JORDAN DICKEY, FARIBAULT, Minn. - 146 BEN WELLE, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 146 BRIAN O’CONNELL, MONONA, Wis. - 146 MASON KENNEDY, FARGO, N.D. - 146 LOGAN PALMER, HARWOOD, N.D. - 146 GREG MELHUS, ROGERS, Minn. - 147 MIKE BALZER, BISMARCK, N.D. - 147 NIC WAGNER, DENVER, Colo. - 147 TERRY III MOORES, RIVER FALLS, Wis. - 147 NATE VARTY, ELK RIVER, Minn. - 147 MARC VINCELLI, CHICAGO, III. - 147 TAYLOR HENRlCKSON, BARNESVILLE, Minn. - 147 TYLER RUSTAD, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 147 CALEB KETTERLING, NAPOLEON, N.D. - 147 PETER KRIER III, LAKE PARK, Minn. - 147 COY PAPACHEK, FARGO, N.D. - 148 JON STECHER, ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - 148 JON MILLER, FARGO, N.D. - 148 CONNOR HOLLAND, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 148 PHILIP HAUG, FARGO, N.D. - 148 NICK SCHAEFER, GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 148 ADAM MCARTHUR, bEMIDJI, Minn. - 148 CHRJS CLARK, DILWORTH, Minn. - 148 JEFF LAMP, FARGO, N.D. - 148 NICK GILLAM, AURORA, Colo. - 148 BILL CARLSON, FARGO, N.D. - 148 RUSS NEWMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 148” MITCH BUBOLTZ, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 148 MATT RUBIS, FARGO, N.D. - 148
JAY OLAFSON Def. C, FARGO, N.D. - 20-4--24 DUANE SIVERSON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 71-69--140 MICHAEL SEELYE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 72-70--142 BOB CAVANAGH, PERHAM, Minn. - 72-71--143 SCOTT LINNEROOTH, BOZEMAN, Mont. - 70-73--143 PERRY PIATZ, OXBOW, N.D. - 69-76--145 CHAD NILES, OXBOW, N.D. - 72-75--147 GEORGE STRAND, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 71-76--147 AJ GREFF, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 75-74--149 KENT FRONK, JAMESTOWN, N.D. - 70-79--149 KEITH AASEN, BISMARK, N.D. - 77-72--149 WADE KING, PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - 77-72--149 CRAIG STEIN, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 73-77--150 OTIS HESTENESS, MISSION, Texas - 76-74--150 MILES SCHACHER, HAWLEY, Minn. - 78-73--151 BRAD SOLHEIM, WACONIA, Minn. - 79-75--154 THOMAS P SOLIEN, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 79-75--154 PAUL UITHOVEN, BOZEMAN, Mont. - 76-79--155
THOMAS LIUDAHL, SHOREVIEW, Minn. - 79-76--155 TIM CARLSON, PLYMOUTH, Minn. - 75-81--156 BILL SCHOMMER, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 81-75--156 ERIC KING, POWER SPRINGS, Ga. - 78-79--157 AARON BURNSIDE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 82-76--158 JAY W PETERSON, BIG LAKE, Minn. - 78-80--158 CRAIG BAULEY, TUCSON, Ariz. - 81-78--159 PERRY BOHL, BISMARK, N.D. - 76-84--160 MICHAEL CONNER, HUTCHINSON, Minn. - 82-78--160 IAN MCDONALD, HUTCHINSON, Minn. - 79-81--160 TERRY HANSON, EAGAN, Minn. - 79-84--163 JEFF CLEVELAND, MINNETONKA, Minn. - 80-83--163 FRANK CAMPBELL, LAKE ELMO, Minn. - 80-85--165 RANDY HANSON, FRAZEE, Minn. - 78-87--165 BARTON CAHILL, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 82-84--166 TREVOR OPHEIM, FARGO, N.D. - 79-88--167
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP T L SOLIEN, MADISON, Wis. - 60 JOHN STROMSTAD, BISMARK, N.D. - 65 CLINT NELSON, FARGO, N.D. - 73 JOHN SCHWANKL, BATTLE LAKE, Minn. - 74 MIKE STIRLING, FARGO, N.D. - 74 SPENCER CLARK, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 75 CONRAD LOPES, LONG BEACH, Calif. - 75 LARRY OLIN, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 75 JOHN HAGGE, FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - 75 RON GALUSKA, CHANHASSEN, Minn. - 76 ROB HARRIS, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 77 DAN W ELTON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 77 TIM RUBIS, FARGO, N.D. - 77 RICK CRAWFORD, SAN MARCOS, Calif. - 78 BURKE KIGER, ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - 78 RON BURNSIDE, COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 78 RICK JOHNSON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 79 LUTE SIMLEY, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 80 RICHARD D MCCONN, MCLEAN, Va. - 80 WILLIAM BLAKE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 80 PHILIP BAILEY, BOZEMAN, Mont. - 80 BOB JAMISON, LAKE PARK, Minn. - 80 BRUCE CARLISLE, FARGO, N.D. - 80 KEN RIESBERG, MESA, Ariz. - 81 BILL GRAHAM, INVER GROVE HTS, Minn. - 81 MARK J MANCELL, FAIRMONT, Minn. - 81 RUSSELL JAHNKE, HOT SPRINGS VIL, Alaska - 82 JOHN RUNSVOLD, FARGO, N.D. - 82 JEFF TWEETON, PERHAM, Minn. - 82 MARK ERICKSEN JR, CINCINNATI, Ohio - 84 JAMES CHRISTENSEN, LAKE WALES, Fla. - 84 JIM BERGESON, BARNESVILLE, Minn. - 84 MARK KOSIN, FARGO, N.D. - 84 RONALD VINCELLI, SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - 84 SCOTT PETERS, MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - 84 WILLIAM G HAWKINS, BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - 84 JIM BROTHERS, OXBOW, N.D. - 84 BRIAN TORGERSON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 84 JIM HINSON, FRAZEE, Minn. - 84 BOB THERIAULT, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 85 JOHN BARTLEY, FARGO, N.D. - 85 VERN STEINMETZ, RIVER FALLS, Wis. - 86 TIMOTHY DODD, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 86 WALLY THUNE, DANA POINT, Calif. - 86 DR. BUZZ RAYMOND, GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - 87 PAT M CHRISTENSEN, MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - 87 DEAN HERMANSON, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 87 STEVE BATES, FARGO, N.D. - 87 RICK KALLHOFF, FARGO, N.D. - 87 LEROY SEIM, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 88 MIKE CHRISTENSEN, ELK POINT, S.D. - 88 RANDY BURNSIDE, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 88 RICK THEISEN, MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - 89 JEFF WALLIN, MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - 89 STEPHEN M BOLOGNA, ST CLOUD, Minn. - 91 DUANE HALVORSON, NEW HOPE, Minn. - 93 GERALD QUIRK, SAVANNAH, Ga. - 95 BILL RONDANO, MINNATONKA, Minn. - 101 DON O BRADFORD, VENICE, Fla. - WD DOUG GILLAM, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - WD JEFF THUNE, CHANHASSEN, Minn. - WD JIM TWETTEN, SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - WD KEVIN TABERY, WOODSTOCK, Ga. - WD LYNN DONNER, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - WD RICK SMITH, FARGO, N.D. - WD THOMAS A WOOD, ST. LOUIS, Mo. - WD TOM HANSON, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - WD
SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz., 73 James Larson, Fargo, 75 Paul Krueger, Detroit Lakes, 75 Ted Hatlen, Detroit Lakes, 76 William Ericksen, Alta, Iowa, 78 Ron Smedshammer, Detroit Lakes, 78 Owen Germandson, Scottsdale, Ariz., 79 John Lieser, St. Cloud, 79 Tom Hanson, Detroit Lakes, 80 Ron Smet, Okeechobee, Fla., 81 Bob Dahm, Fargo, 81 Thomas Pederson, Eau Claire, Wis., 81 Jim Wolff, Goodyear, Ariz., 82 Pete Lysaker, Waubun, 82 Dr. Rick Render, Bloomington, 85 Ron Kershner, Audubon, 85 Jim Bakken, Detroit Lakes, 85 Larry Vorhees, Omaha, Neb., 86 Guy Hatlie, Manhatten Beach, Calif., 86 Larry Doeden, Fort Myers, Fla., 87 Lynn Marr, Fargo, 87 David Thomas, Battle Lake, 93 Jerry Hall, Chaska, 93 Terry Jorgenson, Omaha, Neb., 93 Jim Albertson, Bloomington, 93 Dennis Modrich, LaQuinta, Calif., 94 Jim Gailfus, Fargo, WD
NUMBERED FLIGHTS CORY KRUEGER, COON RAPIDS, Minn. - 71 - flight medalist STEVE KLONGERBO, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 74 BLAKE JACOBUS, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 74 ERICK GALT, FARGO, N.D. - 75 MIKE SIMONICH, MOORHEAD,Minn. -76 COLIN SCHIFFERMAN, SEATTLE, Wash. - 76 GEORGE THEISEN, MONTICELLO, Minn. - 76 RANDY LEVY, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 76 JACOB WITHAM, ROSEVILLE, Minn. - 76 TROY PEDERSON, SPICER, Minn. - 76 TYLER HOLLAND, OXBOW, N.D. - 77 TRAVIS TRAPP, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 77 TAYLOR GREEN, FARGO, N.D. -77 CHARLES A STOWMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 77 RICK MORRIS, FARGO, N.D. - 77 DAKOTA CLARK, MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. - 78 BRAD LUCKE, GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 78 CHRIS SIVERSON, FARGO, N.D. - 78 GRIFF DAVENPORT, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 78 JUSTIN STAEHR, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 79 JOHN GOFFE, FARGO, N.D. - 79 CHUCK KROSHUS, ADA, Minn. - 79 TIM BOHLMAN, GRAND FORKS, N.D. -79 NICK HOOPER, BRONX, N.Y. - 79 TYLER BAUKOL, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 79 MARK 0 JOHNSON, FARGO, N.D. - 79 TONY NESS, DELANO, Minn. - 79 KEN ASTRUP, FARGO, N.D. - 79 MATT SNELLER, MINNEAPOLlS,Minn. - 79 DAN LONGHENRY, NEW HOPE, Minn. - 79 ALEX ERICKSON, WEST FARGO, N.D. -79 COLE PERKINS, FARGO, N.D. - 79 RICK HUTCHINSON, DETROIT LAKES,Minn. - 80 MARTY FIALA, FARGO, N.D. - 80 CHRIS WIDME, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 80 WAYNE NELSON, PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - 80 AARON SMITH, GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 80 CONNOR PERKINS, FARGO, N.D. - 80 DAN LYSAKER, MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - 80 BRETT A KRUEGER, PLYMOUTH, Minn. - 80 ERIK MAGNUSON, HOPKINS, Minn. - 80 GREG STEPHENS, FARGO, N.D. - 80 NATE PETERS, MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - 80 GRANT ERICKSON, BURNSVILLE, Minn. - 80 JASON SNELLER, OSWEGO, III. - 80 MARTY MCDONALD, EAST GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 80 DAVID SOUTOR,MINNEAPOLlS, Minn. - 80 DAVID CROTHERS, MANDAN, N.D. - 81 DOUG SAYLES, CHASKA, Minn. - 81 JENNA SCHULTE, FARGO, N.D. - 81 SEAN KRUSCHKE, BATTLE LAKE, Minn. - 81 WINSTON BEDFORD, ORLANDO Fla. - 81 CHAD KOSIN, HOLMEN, Wis. - 81 NATE BAUSMAN, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 82 NICK VINCELLI, OWATONNA, Minn. - 82 JEFF FRIDER, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 82 ANDREW EVENSON, PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. - 82
JORDAN PETERSON, BIG LAKE, Minn. - 82 ETHAN BJERKE, CHARLESTON, S.C. - 82 ANDY GLASS, FARGO, N.D. - 82 ERIC DAHL, FARGO, N.D. - 82 STEVE GERMUNDSON, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 82 CRAIG SCHROEDER, FARGO, N.D. - 83 MICHAEL R ERICKSEN, KENSINGTON, ENGLAND - 83 BOB JR LEWIS, FARGO, N.D. - 83 BRUCE LINDVIG, SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - 83 RON RISHEL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 83 ZACH RISHEL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 83 ALEXANDER SIME, LONG LAKE, Minn. - 83 DARIN NELSON, CHASKA, Minn. - 83 RYAN BOTNER, FARGO, N.D. - 83 KEVIN RUUD, TWIN VALLEY, Minn. - 84 JON STIRLING, FARGO, N.D. - 84 TODD CARLSON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 84 BRUCE BRYNGELSON, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 84 GLENN THORESON, MAYVILLE, N.D. - 84 DANIEL FREEMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 84 DOUG LARSEN, PHOENIX, Ariz. - 84 TYLER HENDRICKSON, WAYZATA, Minn. - 84 WADE NIELSEN, CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - 84 ROB HANSON, GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 84 CRAIG GAFFNEY, CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. - 85 THOMAS REYNOLDS, GRAND RAPIDS, N.D. - 85 DENNIS ERDLE, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 85 ADAM BATES, FARGO, N.D. - 85 RALPH HOOPER, VALLEY CITY, N.D. - 85 JAMES WINSOR, INVER GROVE HGTS., Minn. - 85 ADDISON KRANZ, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 85 ERIC CARLSON, GRAND FORKS, N.D. - 85 JEFF BARR, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 85 TOM HARTWELL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 85 SEAN BELMONT, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 85 TOM TREICHEL, MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - 85 JOHN BERGLUND, APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - 85 TODD QUIRK, OMAHA, Neb. - 86 MATT GILBERTSON, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 86 DAVID THUNE, FARGO, N.D. - 86 MICHAEL HARTWELL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 86 DAVE ERICKSON, BURNSVILLE, Minn. - 86 MATTHEW LARSON, PLYMOUTH, Minn. - 87 DAVE CAMPBELL, HORACE, N.D. - 87 CHAD ZIMMERMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 87 TYLER ATKINSON, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 88 DEAN LARSEN, FARGO, N.D. - 88 ~ICHAEL AMUNDSON, FARGO, N.D. - 88 TED CIHAK, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 88 CORY GOMPF, FARGO, N.D. - 89 TYLER FRENZEL, FARGO, N.D. - 89 KEVIN TABERY, WOODSTOCK, Ga. - 89 RYAN HARTWELL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 89 GARRETT BARR, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 89 ROGER CAMPBELL, HORACE, N.D. - 89 TOM SHOCKMAN, FARGO, N.D. - 89 DAVE NOAH, FARGO, N.D. - 90 JEREMY GREGOIRE, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 90 JIM GROETTUM, FARWELL, Minn. - 90 JASON KARCH, FARGO, N.D. - 91 JEFFREY SCHNEIDER, EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - 91 STEVE HUBER, OXBOW, N.D. - 91 MICK SAUL, JORDAN, Minn. - 92 MATT NELSEN, FARGO, N.D. - 92 FLOYD MARSHALL, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 92 JAKE RISHEL, LAKEVILLE, Minn. - 92 ERIC WALTER, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 92 TIM CZICHOTZKI, MOORHEAD, Minn. - 93 JEFF THUNE, CHANHASSEN, Minn. - 93 BILL MODRICH, FARGO, N.D. - 93 DWIGHT RASMUSSEN, RICHVILLE, Minn. - 94 GREG GEISEN, CHATHAM, III. - 94 DARYL PEDERSEN, WILLMAR, Minn. - 94 MARK ERICKSEN Sr., SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - 95 MICHAEL W BOLOGNA, ROSEVILLE, Minn. - 95 NICHOLAS PEDERSON, OTSEGO, Minn. - 96 TRAVIS VOEGELE, WEST FARGO, N.D. - 97 CHARLES S LAUER, WINNETKA, III. - 97 TODD MONGE, MINNETONKA, Minn. - 98 WILLIAM WHEELER, DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - 101 BILL RONDANO, MINNATONKA, Minn. - WD BRENDAN CHRISTENSEN, TEMPE, Ariz. - WD BRIAN URNESS, LONG LAKE, Minn. - WD JAEDEN PEDERSON, WEST FARGO, N.D. - WD MATT CHAMBERS, FARGO, N.D. - WD PAUL STERLING - WD TREVOR OPHEIM - WD
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Lilleboe outlasts Krigbaum for title BY Eric Stromgren
Bemidji Pioneer Sports Writer
An early mistake turned into an uncomfortable situation for Eric Lilleboe. It was his quick response that made him a Birchmont champion. After losing the first hole of onship match to Bemidji native Kevin Krigbaum, Lilleboe rebounded to win the next three and never relinquished the lead in a 5-and-3 win Saturday at Bemidji Town & Country Club. “This was a big win and I really had a lot of fun,” Lilleboe said. “This is a great tournament and it was fun to play in it with some of my friends. I really enjoyed the vacation atmosphere out here.” Lilleboe, who will play in the upcoming U.S. Amateur, was consistent from tee to green in the title match of the 86th Birchmont. The Okemos, Mich., native birdied the par-3 second hole, birdied the par-4 third and eagled the par-5 fourth in a flawless stretch of golf to take a 2-up lead. “The key was getting off to that good start,” Lilleboe said. “I did have that bogey on the first hole that put me down early, but it was important to get the lead back and I was able to win the next few holes.” The recent Ferris State graduate went 3 up when Krigbaum bogeyed the par-4 sixth after his approach shot missed left of the green. It was a tough afternoon for Krigbaum, who played exceptional golf throughout the tournament to reach his first
championship match. “I was pleasantly surprised with how I played this week,” said Krigbaum, a 1997 Bemidji High School graduate and 2002 Bemidji State graduate. “Every day it seemed like I was playing a little bit better and I was just trying to get to the next step.” Krigbaum advanced to the title match by defeating Matt Skarperud 1 up in one semifinal Saturday morning. Lilleboe advanced by defeating two-time Birchmont junior champion Sam Matthew 2 up. One of Lilleboe’s best shots came on the par-4 eighth hole. He drained a 15-foot chip shot for birdie to go 4 up. “It was one of the easier chip shots I had,” Lilleboe said. “I pulled the pin but I didn’t expect it to go in.” Krigbaum won the par-5 ninth with a birdie made easier when one of Lilleboe’s few wayward shots of the match sailed over the green. Lilleboe led 3 up after the front nine. While Lilleboe was making shots, Krigbaum scrambled to keep the match within reach. He did not hit a fairway off the tee until the fifth hole and needed to go upand-down for par on the seventh to halve the hole. “I didn’t hit the ball as well as I did earlier in the day, but I don’t think it really would have mattered,” Krigbaum said. “Eric hit the ball really well today and didn’t leave me very many openings out there.” After losing the ninth, Lilleboe responded once again to win the par-5 10th with a two-
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Eric Lilleboe watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during Saturday’s championship match against Kevin Krigbaum. putt birdie. The match went out of reach for Krigbaum on the par-3 11th. On the same hole where he recorded his first hole-in-one Thursday, Krigbaum hit an errant tee shot and made bogey. Lilleboe hit the green and made par to go 5 up. Lilleboe’s last mistake was a three-putt bogey on the treacherous 13th green.
Anderson no stranger to BTCC BY Pat Miller
Bemidji Pioneer Sports Writer
Scott Anderson lives in Dawson, Minn., but he is no stranger to the Bemidji Town & Country Club. “I worked at Potlatch but then I had to look for another job and I found one in Dawson,” the boiler engineer said. “Before I moved I was a member of the Bemidji Town & Country Club for five or six years. We still have a house in Bemidji.” Saturday in the Senior Championship match against Eric Niskanen, Anderson performed as if he never left. The two golfers staged a classic battle that didn’t end until Niskanen missed a bogey putt on No. 18. That miss gave Anderson
a 1-up victory and his first Birchmont title. “That guy is a tough competitor,””Anderson said of Niskanen. “The difference today was luck. And I might have made one more putt than he did.” No more than two holes separated the pair at any juncture and that came at No. 16 when Anderson sank a 4-footer for par while Niskanen was an inch short on his 6-foot par effort. Niskanen forced the final hole when he canned an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 17 but his luck ran out on 18 when he flew the pin on his approach and found the front-left bunker. Anderson opened the door by carding a bogey on 18 but Niskanen couldn’t get upand-
down from the beach and the match ended. “This was my fourth or fifth time at the Birchmont but the first time I’ve played in the Seniors,” Anderson said. “I always come to this tournament with the idea of winning. I love to compete. And I love playing in the Birchmont. It’s the best golf tournament I’ve ever played in.”
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Scott Anderson celebrates as his putt on No. 4 drops during Saturday’s Birchmont Senior Championship match against Eric Niskanen.
It allowed Krigbaum to cut into the lead for the last time when he made a regulation par to win the hole. Krigbaum halved the 14th with an up-and-down par and Lilleboe won the match with an eagle on the par-5 15th. It was his second eagle of the day. Lilleboe and Krigbaum shook hands on the green after the cordial match, which
was played in just under three hours. Lilleboe then walked off the green shaking hands with his father, Tim, who served as his caddy for the day. Krigbaum’s card read even par through 15 holes. Lilleboe was 6 under.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Wee Tee Tournament at Ironman Golf Course turns 40 The 40th Annual Ironman Junior Classic began on Wednesday with the Wee Tee Tournament, for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 7. Ten aspiring golfers braved the afternoon sun and played 9 holes from the shortened tees. In the boys division, Gehrig Geiss, from Bismark shot an impressive 34 to come in first, while Lukas Justesen from Pelican Rapids came in second with a 42. Nathan Cihak of Detroit Lakes was 3rd with a 45. Other scores were Carson Rogstad with a 52, Noah Borah 71, and Jack Clark with a 76. In the girls division, Abby Larson from Detroit Lakes came in first with a 59 while Sarah Tangen of DL came in 2nd with a 64. Emily Moran was 3rd with a 66 and Abby Longhenry was 4th with a 70. The Ironman Junior Classic continues on Thursday and Friday with tournament play for boys and girls ages 8 – 15 and concludes on Saturday with a Parent Child Scramble at 8:00 a. m.
Boys: Gehrig Geiss, Lukas Justesen, Nathan Cihak, Carson Rogstad, Jack Clark & Noah Borah
GIRLs: Abby Larson, Sarah Tangen, Emily Moran, Abby Longhenry
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