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VOL. 85, NO. 5 MEN’S CHAMPS

A THRILLER TO FINISH THE DAY Jones storms back to win in 21 holes as semifinals are set By Eric Morken emorken@echopress.com

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he final four is set in the Men’s Championship at the 2022 Resorters, and the path to get there from the quarterfinals was not easy for the golfers left standing. One match went to 21 holes. Zak Jones won that one in a thriller that required him to take 17 and 18 to force a playoff. Two others came down to the 17th. Nick Jarrett out of Rochester was the most dominant on the day as he won a 4-3 final against North Dakota State University golfer Nate Deziel. In the end, Gavin Cronkhite and Ryan Conn join Jones and Jarrett in the semifinals when they tee off at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday. The winners play in the championship match with the two finalists from the Executive Division starting at 1 p.m. Here is a look at how all of the semi-finalists got to this point.

Jarrett def. Deziel, 4-3

Nate Deziel was fresh off a win over topseeded Nate Adams from Thursday, but he could not carry that momentum into his match with Jarrett. Jarrett was just too good on Friday. He shot a 3-under 33 on the front and then put up three more birdies on the back to finish at 6-under through the 15 holes played. Deziel never did take a hole. Jarrett struck first with a birdie on No. 3, and then added a par win at 4. Both players birdied the par-five sixth hole, but Jarrett’s par at No. 8 helped him build a 3-up advantage at the turn. Deziel was good himself on the back nine, but Jarrett never gave an inch. Deziel birdied holes 11 and 12 only to see Jarrett match him on both. The two players halved holes 9-14 before Jarrett put the finishing touches on the win. It came with a birdie win at 17 to cap off a bogey-free round.

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Zak Jones gets a read on his line on the second hole during his Men’s Championship match in the quarterfinals on Aug. 5, 2022. Jones, out of the University of Texas Arlington, stormed back with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, and eventually won in 21 holes against third-seeded Gunnar Broin on Friday.

Cronkhite def. Johnson, 2-1 Gavin Cronkhite, a junior at NDSU, took down University of Minnesota golfer Lincoln Johnson of Chaska in a 2-1 final. It was a fast start that propelled him to

the win. Cronkhite got birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 that pushed him out to an early 2-up lead. He added par wins at 5 and 7 to take a 4-up advantage that he never relinquished. A birdie win at 11 helped him hold off a Johnson charge down the stretch

to advance to the semifinals.

Conn def. Cox, 2-1

Ryan Conn never folded after a slow start on Friday, and his perseverance paid off with a 2-1 win over Kyle Cox. Cox grabbed control

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early, taking the first hole on No. 3 with a par and then getting birdie wins at Nos. 5 and 8. Cox was 3-under par at that point, but he ran into trouble on 9 with a double bogey. That

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Four-time champ rolls on No. 2 seed is eliminated By Al Edenloff and Sam Stuve aedenloff@echopress.com Is the four-time champion in the Men’s Executive Division, Troy Johnson, unstoppable? The three competitors he’s knocked out so far might attest to that. He won those three matches, by fairly wide margins – 5-4, 4-3 and 8-7. Saturday, Johnson will tangle with Andrew Olson in the semifinals for a chance to play in the finals for the fifth straight time. In the other semifinal match, Joe Sauer takes on Chad Hacker. The semifinal will start from the No. 1 tee at 7 a.m. and the winners will advance to the final that starts at 1 p.m. and will be part of the foursome that includes the two Men’s Division finalists. Sauer def. Klein, 19 holes 18 holes just wasn’t enough to decide a winner between Joe Sauer, the No. 8 seed, and Geoff Klein, the No. 1 seed, as the two had to go to a playoff, which Sauer won. Klein, the runner-up in the 2020 Resorters Tournament, forced the playoff with a par (4) on the 16th hole and a birdie on the par-3 17th. Not much separated these two on Friday. The largest lead of the match was Sauer’s 2-up lead that he earned after an eagle on the par-5 12th and a birdie on the par-3 13th hole. On the front nine, Klein led first with a win on hole No. 2. Sauer answered swiftly with a birdie to win hole No. 3 and a par to win hole No. 4. Klein tied things once again by winning hole No. 5 with a par. And that’s where things stood until hole No. 12 and the ensuing finish.

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Hacker def. Conder, 2-1

Chad Hacker, the No. 4 seed, made a late charge, winning three holes toward the end that proved too much for the No. 5 seed, Shay Conder, to overcome. Hacker jumped out to the first lead, winning No. 2 with par. After halving the next two holes with bogey, par, Hacker tacked on a bogey win on the 5th hole to go 2-up. Conder rallied with two consecutive birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to square the match. Both golfers parred the next two holes to keep the match even at the turn. Hacker’s par on No. 11 put him out front again but Conder pulled off the same back-to-back birdie barrage, taking Nos. 11 and 12 to steal the lead. After settling for bogeys on No. 13, Hacker broke through in a big way – winning No. 14 with bogey, No. 15 with par and No. 16 with par to go 2-up. Pars on No. 17 ended the match in Hacker’s favor, 2-1.

Olson def. Hoops, 4-2

Andrew Olson, the 10th seed, pulled off an upset over the No. 2 seed, Bryan Hoops. The match was as tight as they get. They halved the first eight holes, matching pars on Nos. 1, 2, settling for double-bogeys on No. 3, tying Nos. 3 and 4 with pars, making birdies on No. 6, and hitting two more matching pars on

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Andrew Olson watches his tee shot off of No. 2 at the Alexandria Golf Club during his Men’s Execs match in the quarterfinals on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters. Olson won 4-2 over second-seeded Bryan Hoops to advance to the semifinals. Nos. 7 and 8. Olson finally ended the stalemate with a key birdie on the 9th hole. Hoops came right back with a par win on No. 10 to tie it, but Olson took the next two holes with par, birdie to go 2-up. After halving Nos. 13 and 14 with bogeys and pars, Olson sealed the deal with a birdie win on No. 15 and a par win on No. 16 to win it, 4-2.

Troy Johnson def. Nick Paulsen, 8-7

Troy Johnson of Maple Grove, who is vying for his fifth straight title in the division, steamrolled another opponent Friday, sealing his victory after just 11 holes. His opponent, Nick

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Joe Sauer of St. Cloud hits off the No. 2 tee box during his quarterfinal match in the Men’s Executive Division on Aug. 5, 2022. Sauer took down the top seed to advance to the semifinals on Saturday, beating Geoff Klein in 19 holes.


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Maple Grove’s Troy Johnson watches his tee shot on the No. 2 box during his Men’s Execs match in the quarterfinals on Aug. 5, 2022. Johnson was dominant in an 8-7 win on Friday to advance to the semifinals at the Resorters for a fifth straight year.

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Chad Hacker putts on the first hole during his quarterfinal match in the Men’s Executive Division on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters. Hacker won a 2-1 match over Shay Conder to advance to the semifinals.

Paulsen, the No. 3 seed, ran into some trouble on the course with three bogeys and two double-bogeys. Johnson came out of the gates strong, winning the first five holes with a birdie followed

by three pars and a bogey. Paulsen stopped the streak by matching Johnson’s birdie on No. 6 but couldn’t match Johnson’s birdie on the No. 7 Minnesota green and found himself down by six. Johnson made another birdie on No. 9 to go 7-up at the turn.

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Johnson ended the match with a par win on No. 10 and a tie on No. 11 for an 8-7 victory. He played nearly flawless golf and was 2-under-par after 11 holes. Although he’s the defending champion, Johnson decided to play a qualifying round and

shot a 73, which put him as the No. 6 seed. Since then, he’s posted three fairly easy victories – a 5-4 win over Breton Stout, followed by a 4-3 win over Daniel Klein and his 8-7 blowout on Friday. MEN’S EXECUTIVE SEMIFINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP - 1st Tee 7 a.m. Joe Sauer vs. Chad Hacker; Andrew Olson vs. Troy Johnson FINAL - 1 p.m. TBD


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Sparked by a hole-in-one, top seed advances Esterline will face Larson in the final

for a 2-1 victory.

Larson def. Hacker, 4-2

By Al Edenloff aedenloff@echopress.com No. 1 seed Lunden Esterline will go up against the No. 2 seed, Carver Larson, with the Resorters Junior 13-15 title on the line Saturday. They each won hardfought matches in Friday’s semifinals. Esterline’s match against Carson Boe lasted 17 holes and included a hole-inone from Esterline on the Minnesota green, No. 7. Larson, meanwhile, needed 16 holes to knock off the defending Junior 10-12 Division champion and 14th seed, Will Hacker. Esterline hopes to repeat his 2020 championship run in the Junior 12-12 Division. Larson, meanwhile, hopes to bring home another Resorters trophy to match the Junior Division 10-12 title he won in 2019. The finalists will tee it up from No. 1 at 12:15 p.m. The division’s consolation finalists will round out the foursome. Here’s a recap of Friday’s semifinal matches:

Esterline

Larson

Esterline was able to surge into the lead with a bogey win on No. 3 and a par win on No. 5. Boe notched his first win with a par on the 9th hole but trailed by two at the turn. Boe made a match out of it, winning Nos. 10 and 11 with pars to draw even. After tying on the next two holes, Esterline made a clutch par on No. 14 to regain the lead. Both golfers swapped pars on Nos. 15 and 16 before Esterline put the match away with a par win on the par-3 17th

Larson built a lead on the front nine, getting a good start with a par win on the first hole. He followed that up with three big wins – a bogey on No. 3, a birdie on No. 7 and a par on No. 8 to go 4-up at the turn. Both golfers tied on the next three holes, going par, bogey, par. Hacker mounted a comeback with back-toback par wins on Nos. 13 and 14 to draw within two. But Carver wasn’t about to let the match slip away. He won No. 15 with birdie and nailed down a 4-2 win with a par on the 16th hole. JUNIOR 13-15 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, SATURDAY - 1st Tee 12:15 p.m. - Lunden Esterline vs. Carver Larson

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Lunden Esterline tees off from the No. 3 box at the Alexandria Golf Club during his semifinal match in the Junior 13-15 Division on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters. Esterline won a tight 2-1 match over Carson Boe in a round that included a holein-one for Esterline at No. 7.

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Esterline def. Boe, 2-1

Defeating Boe, a twotime runner-up in the Junior 13-15 Division, took some well-placed shots, such as the ace Esterline notched on the 7th hole that put him 3-up. After halving the first two holes with pars,

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Carver Larson holds his pose after his tee shot as he watches the ball land on the third hole during the Junior 13-15 semifinals on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters. Larson got a 4-2 win on Friday to advance to the championship match.

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2022 Resorters Golf Tournament Time 7:00 AM 7:10 7:20 7:30 7:40 7:50 8:00 8:10 8:20 8:30 8:40 8:50 9:00 9:10 12:00 PM 12:10 12:20 12:30 12:40 12:50 1:00 1:10 1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10 4:40 4:50 5:00 5:10 Time 7:00 AM 7:10 7:20 7:30 7:40 7:50 8:00 8:10 8:20 8:30 8:40 8:50 9:00 9:10 9:20 9:30 12:10 12:20 12:30 12:40 12:50 1:00 1:10 1:20 1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10 2:20 2:30 5:15 5:25 5:35 5:45

1st Tee 6:40AM 6:50 7:00 7:10 7:20 7:30 7:40 7:50 8:00 8:10 8:20 8:30 8:40 8:50 9:00 11:30 12:10 PM 12:20 12:30 12:40 12:50 1:00 1:10 1:20 1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10 2:20 2:30

Time 6:33 6:42 6:50 7:00 7:09 7:18 7:27 7:36 7:45 7:54 8:03 8:12 8:21 8:30 8:39 8:48

Sunday, July 31st, 2022

1st Tee Color of Tees 10th Tee Foursomes Foursomes Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 1 Qualifying Starters Time Starters Time Mens Grand Masters Qualifying White Mens Grand Masters Qualifying Mens Grand Masters Qualifying White Mens Grand Masters Qualifying ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Mens Regular Qualifying Blue Mens Regular Qualifying Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying Blue Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying Blue Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying Blue Junior 13-15 Division Qualifying ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Junior 10-12 Qualifying (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Qualifying (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Qualifying (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Qualifying (9 holes)

Monday, August 1st, 2022

1st Tee Color of Tees 10th Tee Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Executive Division Qualifying Blue Mens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying Mens Senior Division Qualifying Blue Mens Senior Division Qualifying ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mens Masters Division Qualifying Combo Mens Masters Division Qualifying Mens Masters Division Qualifying Combo Mens Masters Division Qualifying Mens Masters Division Qualifying Combo Mens Masters Division Qualifying Mens Masters Division Qualifying Combo Mens Masters Division Qualifying Womens Champ Division Qualifying Blue Womens Champ Division Qualifying Womens Champ Division Qualifying Blue Womens Champ Division Qualifying Womens Champ Division Qualifying Blue Womens Champ Division Qualifying Womens Champ Division Qualifying Blue Womens Champ Division Qualifying Womens Executive Division Qualifying Gold Womens Executive Division Qualifying Womens Executive Division Qualifying Gold Womens Executive Division Qualifying Womens Executive Division Qualifying Gold Womens Executive Division Qualifying Mens Regular 5th Flight Blue Mens Regular 5th Flight Mens Regular 5th Flight Blue Mens Regular 5th Flight Junior 13-15 Division Champ Blue Junior 13-15 Division Champ Junior 13-15 Division Champ Blue Junior 13-15 Division Champ ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Junior 10-12 Division Champ Junior 10-12 Division Champ Junior 10-12 Division Champ Junior 10-12 Division Champ ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– End of play for Monday, August 1st

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 Foursomes Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Mens 3rd Flight First Round Match Mens 3rd Flight First Round Match Mens 4th Flight First Round Match Mens 4th Flight First Round Match

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Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Black Mens Champ Rd. 2 Qualifying Blue Mens 3rd Flight First Round Match Blue Mens 3rd Flight First Round Match Blue Mens 4th Flight First Round Match Blue Mens 4th Flight First Round Match End of Qualifying ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Honorary Starter and Chairman Ceremony Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Masters 1st Flight Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Masters 1st Flight Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Masters 1st Flight Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Masters 1st Flight Junior 13-15 1st Flight White Junior 13-15 1st Flight Womens Champ 1st Flight Gold Womens Champ 1st Flight Womens Champ 1st Flight Gold Womens Champ 1st Flight ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– End of play for Tuesday, August 2nd 1st Tee Mens Championship 1st Flight Mens Championship 1st Flight Mens Championship 1st Flight Mens Championship 1st Flight Mens Regular 2nd Flight Mens Regular 2nd Flight Mens Regular 2nd Flight Mens Regular 2nd Flight Mens Grand Master 1st Flight Mens Masters Championship Mens Masters Championship Mens Masters Championship Mens Masters Championship Mens Senior Championship

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 Color of Tees

Black Black Black Black Blue Blue Blue Blue White Combo Combo Combo Combo Blue

10th Tee

Junior 13-15 Championship Cons Junior 13-15 Championship Cons Junior 13-15 Champ Flight Junior 13-15 Champ Flight Mens Regular 5th Flight Mens Regular 5th Flight Mens Regular 5th Flight Cons Mens Regular 5th Flight Cons Mens Grand Master 1st Flight Mens Senior Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Cons Men’s Regular 3rd Flight

Color of Tees Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black White White Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Gold Gold Gold Gold Color of Tees Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Combo Combo Combo Combo Blue Blue Blue Blue Gold Gold Gold Blue Blue Blue Blue Gold Gold Gold Gold

Color of Tees Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Blue Blue Blue Blue

Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Combo Combo Combo Combo White Gold Gold

Color of Tees Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue White Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue

8:57 9:06 9:15 12:05 12:15 12:24 12:33 12:42 12:51 1:00 1:10 1:20 1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10 2:20 2:30 5:15 5:25 5:35 5:45

Time 7:00 7:09 7:18 7:27 7:36 7:45 7:54 8:03 8:12 8:21 8:30 8:39 8:50 9:00 9:10 9:20 11:50 12:00 12:09 12:18 12:27 12:36 12:45 12:55 1:05 1:15 1:25 1:35 1:45 1:55 2:05

Time 7:00 AM 7:10 7:20 7:30 7:40 7:50 8:00 8:10 8:20 8:30 8:40 8:50 9:00 9:10 12:00 PM 12:10 12:20 12:30 12:40 12:50 1:00 1:10 1:20 1:30 1:40 1:50 2:00 2:10

Time 6:50 7:00 7:10 7:20 7:30 7:40 7:50 8:00 8:10 8:20 8:30 8:40 8:50 9:00

Mens Senior Championship Blue Men’s Regular 3rd Flight Mens Senior Championship Blue Men’s Regular 3rd Flight Consolation Mens Senior Championship Blue Men’s Regular 3rd Flight Consolation ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Womens Championship Blue Mens Grand Master Championship Womens Championship Blue Mens Grand Master Championship Womens Championship Blue Womens Executive 1st Flight Womens Championship Blue Womens Executive 1st Flight Womens Executive Championship Gold Mens Regular 1st Flight Womens Executive Championship Gold Mens Regular 1st Flight Womens Executive Championship Gold Mens Regular 1st Flight Womens Executive Championship Gold Mens Regular 1st Flight Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Junior 10-12 Champ Flight (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Champ Flight (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Champ Cons (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Champ Cons (9 holes) End of play for Wednesday, August 3rd

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

1st Tee Color of Tees 10th Tee Mens Senior 2nd Flight Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Cons Mens Senior 2nd Flight Blue Mens Senior 2nd Flight Cons Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Senior 1st Flight Cons Mens Senior 1st Flight Blue Mens Senior 1st Flight Cons Mens Executive 1st Flight Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Cons Mens Executive 1st Flight Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Cons Mens Masters 1st Flight Combo Mens Masters 1st Flight Cons Mens Masters 1st Flight Combo Mens Masters 1st Flight Cons Mens Regular 1st Flight Blue Mens Regular 1st Flight Cons Mens Regular 1st Flight Blue Mens Regular 1st Flight Cons Mens Regular 2nd Flight Blue Mens Regular 2nd Flight Cons Mens Regular 2nd Flight Blue Mens Regular 2nd Flight Cons Mens Championship 1st Flight Black Mens Championship 1st Flight Cons Mens Championship 1st Flight Black Mens Championship 1st Flight Cons Mens Regular 4th Flight Blue Mens Regular 4th Flight Consolation Mens Regular 4th Flight Blue Mens Regular 4th Flight Consolation ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mens Grand Master 1st Flight Champ White Mens Grand Master 1st Flight Cons Mens Masters Championship Combo Mens Masters Championship Cons Mens Masters Championship Combo Mens Masters Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior Championship Cons Womens Executive Championship Gold Womens Executive Consolation Womens Executive Championship Gold Womens Executive Consolation Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Consolation Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Consolation Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Consolation Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Consolation Mens Championship Black Mens Championship Consolation Mens Championship Black Mens Championship Consolation Mens Championship Black Mens Championship Consolation Mens Championship Black Mens Championship Consolation ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– End of Play Thursday, August 4th 1st Tee Mens Senior 1st Flight Mens Senior 2nd Flight Mens Masters 1st Flight Mens Regular 5th Flight Mens Regular 4th Flight Mens Regular 3rd Flight Mens Regular 2nd Flight Mens Regular 1st Flight Womens Executive 1st Flight Junior 13-15 1st Flight Cons Junior 13-15 1st Flight Mens Grand Master Championship Mens Grand Master Consolation

Friday, August 5th, 2022 Color of Tees Blue Blue Combo Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Gold White White White White

10th Tee Mens Senior 1st Flight Cons Mens Senior 2nd Flight Cons Mens Masters 1st Flight Cons Mens Regular 5th Flight Consolation Mens Regular 4th Flight Consolation Mens Regular 3rd Flight Consolation Mens Regular 2nd Flight Consolation Mens Regular 1st Flight Consolation Womens Executive 1st Flight Consolation Junior 10-12 Championship Cons (9 holes) Junior 10-12 Championship (9 holes) Starter Time Starter Time

Blue Blue Blue White White Gold Gold Blue Blue Blue Blue Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Gold Gold Gold Gold

Color of Tees Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Combo Combo Blue Blue Blue Blue Black Black Blue Blue White Combo Combo Blue Blue Gold Gold Black Black Black Black Black Black Black Black

Color of Tees Blue Blue Combo Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Gold Gold Gold

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mens Championship 1st Flight Black Mens Championship 1st Flight Cons Mens Masters Championship Combo Mens Masters Championship Cons Mens Senior Championship Blue Mens Senior Championship Cons Womens Executive Championship Gold Womens Executive Championship Cons Womens Championship Blue Womens Championship Cons Womens Championship Blue Womens Championship Cons Mens Executive 1st Flight Blue Mens Executive 1st Flight Cons Womens Champ 1st Flight Gold Womens Champ 1st Flight Cons Womens Champ 1st Flight Gold Womens Champ 1st Flight Cons Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Cons Mens Executive Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Cons Mens Championship Black Mens Championship Consolation Mens Championshp Black Mens Championship Consolation Junior 13-15 Championship Blue Junior 13-15 Championship Cons ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– End of play Friday, August 5th

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

1st Tee Color of Tees Mens Championship Black Mens Executive Championship Black Womens Championship Blue Womens Champ 1st Flight Gold Mens Senior 1st Flight & 1st Flight Cons Blue Mens Masters 1st Flight & Masters 1st Flight Co Combo Starter Time Mens Senior Cons & Masters Cons Blue/Combo Mens Regular 1st Flight & Cons Blue Mens Championship 1st Flight & Cons Black Mens Senior 2nd Flight & Cons Blue Mens Regular 4th Flight & Cons Blue Mens Grand Master 1st Flight & Cons White

10th Tee Mens Championship Cons Mens Executive Championship Cons Womens Championship Cons Womens Champ 1st Flight Cons Starter Time Junior 13-15 1st Flight & Cons Starter Time Junior 10-12 Champ & Cons (9 holes) Mens Regular 2nd Flight & Cons Mens Regular 3rd Flight & Cons Mens Regular 5th Flight & Cons Womens Executive 1st Flight & Cons Starter Time

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cross Over ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Approximate Tee-Times 11:30 Mens Grand Master & Grand Master Cons White Mens Geneva 2nd Flight and Consolation 11:45 Mens Executive 1st Flight & Cons Black Men’s Masters Geneva 2nd Flight & Cons. 12:00 Mens Championship Cons & Executive Cons Black Mens Senior Geneva 3rd Flight & Cons 12:15 Junior 13-15 Championship & Cons Blue Womens Champ & Executive Champ Cons 12:30 Womens Champ & Executive Championship Blue /Gold Womens Champ 1st Flight & Cons 12:45 Mens Senior & Masters Championship Blue/Combo Mens Geneva 1st Flight and Consolation 1:00 Mens Championship & Executive Championship Black Awards Ceremony after Play Concludes End of 2022 Resorters

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Color of Tees Black Black Blue Gold White Gold Blue Blue Blue Gold

Blue Combo Blue White / Gold Gold Blue

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Top two seeds go for all the marbles O’Donnell and Sullivan battled in the quarterfinals last year By Al Edenloff aedenloff@echopress.com The semi-finalist winners in the Resorters Women’s Executive Division made quick work of their matches Friday. Medalist Amanda O’Donnell defeated last year’s runner-up, Molly Baker, in 12 holes and the division’s No. 2 seed, Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan, who won the division in 2018, eliminated Caitlyn Cummings, the No. 6 seed, in 10 holes. This sets up a classic battle between the top two seeds of the division, O’Donnell and Sullivan. The two went head-tohead in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament. Sullivan escaped with a hard-fought, 2-1 victory. They’ll tee it up for all the marbles Saturday afternoon, starting from the No. 1 tee at 12:30 p.m.

O’Donnell

Sullivan

Here’s a look at Friday’s semifinal matches:

O’Donnell def. Baker, 7-6

O’Donnell’s birdie win on the first hole set the tone of her match against Baker. O’Donnell added a par win on No. 3 to go 2-up but Baker got on the board with a bogey win on No. 4. O’Donnell answered with a birdie on No. 5 to take a twohole lead. After they both halved No. 6 with pars, O’Donnell went on a tear, winning Nos. 7 (birdie), 8 (par), 10 (par), 11 (birdie) and 12 (par) for a 7-6 victory.

O’Donnell showed that her medalist round of 75 was no fluke. After 12 holes, she was 1-underpar. Her only miscues were a double-bogey on No. 4 and a bogey on No. 9. Otherwise, she made par or birdie on every hole.

Sullivan def. Cummings, 9-8

Cummmings had an off day and Sullivan capitalized on it, taking advantage of bogeys and double-bogeys to advance to the finals. Both golfers got off to a shaky start with bogeys on No. 1. After that, it was all Sullivan. She won the next nine holes with two birdies (Nos. 5 and 7), five pars (Nos. 2, 6, 8, 9 and 10) and two bogeys (Nos. 3 and 4). Sullivan ended the round at 1-over-par. WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE FINAL PAIRING - SATURDAY FROM THE FIRST TEE 12:30 p.m. - Amanda O’Donnell vs. Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan

Photos by Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press)

Molly Baker follows through on her tee shot at the par 3 7th hole during her semifinal match on Aug. 5, 2022.

Above: Jodi Sullivan watches her approach shot on the 11th hole during her semifinal match on Aug. 5, 2022. Sullivan won her semifinal match, 9-8, and will head to Saturday's finals in the Women's Executive Division. Left: Amanda O'Donnell knocks down a putt on the No. 6 green during her 7-6 win in the semifinals of the Women's Executive Division on Aug. 5, 2022.


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MEN’S CHAMPS

Left: Gavin Cronkhite lines up his putt on the No. 2 green during his Men’s Championship match in the quarterfinals on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters Tournament. Cronkhite won 2-1 to reach the semifinals on Saturday morning. Below: Nick Jarrett hits from just off the No. 2 green during his Men’s Championship match against Nate Deziel on Aug. 5, 2022 at the Resorters. Jarrett shot 6-under par through a 4-3 win on Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

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allowed Conn to escape with a bogey win and head to the turn with a little momentum. Conn flipped a switch after that. He moved to within one after a birdie win at 11. Both players birdied the par-five 12th, and it was all Conn after that. He tied things up for the first time since hole two after getting a par win at 12. Cox opened the door with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15, and Conn took advantage, sinking pars to complete the rally and put away the match. Conn entered match play as the 26th seed, but he has been impressive ever since. He won 5-4 in his opener, and then 4-3 in round two before his rally on Friday evening.

Jones def. Broin, 21-holes

Zak Jones has made the trip from Texas worth it as the University of Texas Arlington golfer won a thriller over thirdseeded Gunner Broin on

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Ryan Conn tees off at the third hole during his Men’s Championship quarterfinals match at the Resorters on Aug. 5, 2022. Conn overcame a threehole deficit on Friday to secure his spot in the Men's Championship Division semifinals with a 2-1 win. Friday to secure his spot in the semifinals. Jones, who will be a graduate student this fall, went out and took this win from Broin down the stretch. He birdied holes 17 and 18 to force a playoff. Jones then persevered through the three playoff

holes and got a par on No. 3 to take the match despite Broin shooting an impressive 5-under 31 on the back nine. Jones was 3-under on the day through regulation, carding a 34 on the back. Jones took his first lead with a birdie win at No. 9. Jones got into trouble

on the par-five 12th with a bogey that allowed Broin to even the match back up. Broin then got a par win at 13 and a birdie win at the par-five 14th. That moved him to 2-up and put all the pressure on Jones going into 17 after both players birdied 15 and parred 16. Jones delivered, getting the birdie at 17 to keep his hopes alive, and then doing the same at 18 to set up a dramatic finish on the third playoff hole. MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS - SATURDAY FROM THE FIRST TEE 6:50 a.m. - Nick Jarrett vs. Gavin Cronkhite; Ryan Conn vs. Zak Jones

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Johnson, Buttweiler battle for their first title Birdies carry third seed in tight battle with Esterline By Eric Morken emorken@echopress.com Garrison Johnson of Alexandria certainly does not seem to be flustered the deeper he gets into the Junior 10-12 Division at the Resorters this year. Here’s a look at Johnson’s week so far. An even-par 36 during qualifying to earn the top seed. That included birdies at holes 11 and 16. From there, it was on to match play on Monday where he made short work of his opener in a 5-4 final before beating ninth-seeded Ryker Thompson in a 3-1 match on Wednesday. Johnson was steady as ever in the semifinals on Friday morning. He beat 12th-seeded Nathan Bright in a 5-4 final. That sets him up for a chance to finish this week off with his first Resorters championship. To do so, he will need one more

ed Jaxn Hacker.

Buttweiler def. Esterline, 1-up

Johnson

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win against third-seeded Henry Buttweiler. Here is a look at how both players reached the finals.

Johnson def. Bright, 5-4

Golfers in the Junior 10-12 Division play just nine holes in their matches, so Johnson’s two perfect 5-4 wins this week stand out. He simply makes an opponent beat him. Johnson won all five holes against Nathan Bright on Friday by parring all five. Bright had a good run this week as the 12th seed, winning two close matches in a 2-1 final over fifth-seeded Bennett Paulsen in the opener and then a 1-up battle with fourth-seed-

The matchup between the second and third seed in this division was a battle all morning on Friday. Bronx Esterline, the second seed, struck first when he parred No. 10 right off the bat. He played even with Buttweiler for three straight holes after that until Buttweiler got his first birdie of the day at the par-five 14th to pull even. Both players parred holes 15 and 16. The difference in the match was Buttweiler’s two birdies. His second one at the par-three 17th proved to be the winner. Esterline needed to take 18 to force a playoff, but both players parred, setting up a showdown between Buttweiler and Johnson for the championship on Saturday morning. JUNIOR 10-12 CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRING — SATURDAY FROM THE 10TH TEE 8 a.m. - Garrison Johnson vs. Henry Buttweiler

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Bryce Hanstad qualifies for U.S. Mid-Amateur Alexandria native and former Resorters champ ties for first at qualifier By Eric Morken Alexandria Echo Press

an interview with Nick Hunter of the MinnesoAlexandria native ta Golf Association after Bryce Hanstad has put the win. “After playing together quite a sum- in Charlotte in 2018, mer on the amateur golf this one has always been tournament scene, and circled on the calendar to try and get back.” that will continue into This year’s U.S. the early fall after he Mid-Amateur is being qualified for the 2022 played at Erin Hills in U.S. Mid-Amateur Wisconsin from Sept. Championship recently. 10-15. Hanstad, who won a Hanstad played well men’s championship at on the front in Prior the Resorters in 2007 Lake on Aug. 2 with a during his college play- birdie at the par-five ing days at Colorado second hole and another State University, fin- on the par-three sevished in a three-way enth. That was surtie for first at the U.S. rounded by all pars. Mid-Amateur qualifier He had a couple of played at The Wilds Golf bogeys on the back at Club in Prior Lake on holes 14 and 18, both Aug. 2. Hanstad, Plym- par fours, but an eagle outh’s Robert Newbold at the par-four 16th and Rosemount’s Max helped negate those. Tylke all shot rounds of Hanstad drove the 3-under par 69. green on the 16th and “Any time you can sank the eagle putt. He get into a USGA event, also birdied the 10th to the tournaments they put him at 3-under for put on at the courses the day in some hot and they have is always a windy weather conditreat,” Hanstad said in tions.

“It was a grind,” Hanstad told Hunter. “I hit it really well. I was a little tentative on putting, but for the most part, I was able to strike the ball around enough to be successful. I set myself up and hit the ball well off the tee.” Hanstad, now 35-years-old and living in Edina, was in control of his game all day. “It was pretty stressfree for the most part. I think I missed one green coming in,” Hanstad said. “My game feels like it’s not drastically different than it’s been over the last couple of years. Maybe continued reps and getting more comfortable with a few things I’m working on with my swing coach.” Hanstad also won the MGA Mid-Players Championship at The Royal Club in Lake Elmo in June. He edged Ryan Conn in that event. Conn has made a deep run into this year’s

Men’s Championship at the Resorters Tournament where he won 5-4 and 4-3 matches to start this week on his way to the quarterfinals. Troy Johnson of Maple Grove, the 4-four-timerepeat champion in the Men’s Executive Division at the Resorters, also took advantage of his day off from playing at this year’s Resorters to play in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying tournament in Prior Lake on Aug. 2. Johnson almost matched Hanstad, finishing as the second alternate with a 1-under par 71. Johnson has made six appearances at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship since 2006. He was once again in the running for a title at this year’s Resorters in the Men’s Execs field after rolling into the quarterfinals. Email Eric Morken at emorken@echopress.com.

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Alexandria native Bryce Hanstad chips onto the No. 3 green during the 2021 Resorters Pro-Am at the Alexandria Golf Club. Hanstad, now 35 and living in Edina, qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship from Sept. 10-15 this year by tying for first with a 3-under par 69 while playing a qualifier at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake on Aug. 2.


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SENIORS

Lindberg survives playoff to advance to finals Defending champ faces No. 12 seed Mike Herzog

Lindberg def. Abrahamson, 22 holes

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play portion of the tournament, Herzog has had strong front nines Mark Lindberg has that led him to victory. found his way back to the Friday’s 4-3 semifinal Men’s Senior champion- win over 25th-seeded ship and is in the hunt Lance Sunder was no for a second straight exception as he earned Resorters crown. a 3-up lead after nine. He had to sweat it out And while a Sunder as No. 3 seed Tom Abrabirdie on the par 4 10th hamson took him to a hole set Herzog’s lead four-hole playoff in the back a hole, Herzog semifinals on Friday. responded with wins on Meeting Lindberg in holes 12 and 14 that Saturday’s finals match is the No. 12 seed, Mike helped catapult him to Herzog. Herzog is hunt- the finals. Herzog had a similar ing for his first Resorters start to his quarterfinal title. Both golfers have had win over No. 20 seed strong starts throughout Brant Mcleod. In both their match play match- matches, Herzog only es that have guided them dropped one hole on the front nine and led to three wins. Here are the full results 3-up. A key hole for Herzog for Friday’s semifinal has been the par 4 first matches. as he has won it three Herzog def. times in the tournament and has birdied it Sunder, 4-3 Throughout the match two days in a row. By Sam Stuve Alexandria Echo Press

Mike Herzog watches his tee shot at the par 3 7th on Aug. 5, 2022. Herzog beat No. 25 seed Lance Sunder on the day to advance to the championship match where he'll face defending champion Mark Lindberg on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Abrahamson, who won the 1999 Men’s Executive Championship, gave Lindberg a run for his money in their semifinal match on Friday with four playoff holes needed to decide a winner. After Lindberg had led by two holes with eight to go, Abrahamson won three straight holes to go 1-up. Lindberg tied the match with a win on the par 5 14th. These two traded wins on 16 and 17 with Abrahamson winning the par 4 16th and Lindberg winning the par 3 17th, which would force a playoff. Lindberg has gotten off to a good start in all four of his matches as he’s led after six holes in all of them and has led by more than one hole in all but one of those matches. Hole 17 has been kind to Lindberg as he has birdied it twice and has won it all three times he’s played it in match play. MEN’S SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, SATURDAY - 1st Tee 12:45 p.m. - Mike Herzog vs. Mark Lindberg

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Above: Mark Lindberg tries to knock down a long putt on the No. 12 green in his semifinals match on Aug. 5, 2022. Lindberg, who won the 2021 seniors title, is back in the finals on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, after beating Thomas Abrahamson in 22 holes on Friday. Left: Lance Sunder lines up his putt on the No. 6 green on Aug. 5, 2022. No. 12 seed Mike Herzog defeated the 25thseeded Sunder 4-3 in the semifinals.


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Eagle turns the tide in Carpenter’s win Skaar, Monty, Boraas join top seed in the semifinals By Eric Morken Alexandria Echo Press Top-seeded Emma Carpenter had a lot of respect for former University of Minnesota standout Samantha Sommers even before these two went headto-head in the Women’s Division quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. She left the match even more impressed. Carpenter, a current golfer for the Gophers, had to play as well as she has all week to beat Sommers in a 2-1 final. “It was super fun and a crazy day,” Carpenter said. “I had six birdies and an eagle, and I won on 17. If that doesn’t tell you it was a good match, I don’t know what does. She played for the Gophers, and she was a part of the team that competed at national championships. I knew she was a really good player.” Carpenter is playing at the Resorters for the first time, and she has a chance to finish off a memorable first impression on Saturday. She will face North Dakota State University junior Leah Skaar, who rolled in her semifinal match by a 6-5 score. “Taking it one hole at a time,” Carpenter said of her focus going into Saturday. “I feel like I did a good job of staying patient (on Friday) and not panicking. (Saturday), it’s just going to be about playing my game and staying patient. Even today, as well as I feel like I played, I still feel like I left some out there. It’s just having that confidence that even if I get down a hole or two, I can make some birdies and get them back.” On the bottom half of the bracket are a couple of talented younger golfers. Alexandria’s Hannah Boraas won 2-1 over MacKenzie Olsen of Upper Iowa. Stillwater’s

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Caroline Monty knocked off defending champion Alayna Eldred by that same 2-1 final. Here is a look at how all four got here before they step to the first tee box at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday with a trip to the finals on the line.

Carpenter def. Sommers, 2-1

Carpenter birdied her first hole to take a quick 1-up lead before Sommers responded with a birdie and a par on Nos. 2 and 3 to grab her only lead of the day. It did not last long after Carpenter made the shot of her tournament so far on the par-four fifth hole. She had a strong wind blowing right to left that she compensated for as she perfectly placed her approach shot that spun into the cup from 131 yards out for eagle. “I kind of aimed right and tried to hit it with almost a little cut spin,” Carpenter said. “The wind just kind of helped it fall left, and then it spun back a foot or something into the hole. I needed it because she put it to like seven feet on that hole.” It was the turning point in Carpenter’s round. “That was to get the match back to all square. From then on, it was her and I getting birdies and pars,” she said. “I was 4-under on 17, and I believe she was proba-

Photos by Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Emma Carpenter lines up a putt on the No. 8 green during her quarterfinal match on Aug. 5, 2022. Carpenter holed out for eagle from 131 yards on No. 5, and that helped give her the momentum she needed to beat Samantha Sommers in a 2-1 match. bly 2-under. That’s the way you want to win. It was not easy. It was stressful, but it was a great time. She’s a great person.” Carpenter followed up the win on 5 with a par win at 6. Her only bogey the rest of the day came on hole 9, and Sommers was quick to pounce on the opportunity with a par win. That took things to the turn all square. Sommers shot 2-under through seven holes on the back, but still could not steal enough wins. Carpenter won Nos. 11 and 14 with

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Hannah Boraas attempts to make an uphill putt on the No. 6 green during her quarterfinal match on Aug. 5, 2022 in the Women's Division at the Resorters. Boraas won her match 2-1 to advance to Saturday's semifinals.


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birdies. Sommers got one back with a birdie win at 15, but a win for Carpenter on 17 ended the match at 2-1. “I had such a good time,” Carpenter said. “It’s days like these that make me want to keep competing. I look at her, she’s obviously an alumni and she’s still out here competing and giving me a heck of a match. I know I’m going to want to be the same way.”

Skaar def. Stockmoe, 6-5

Leah Skaar took control of her match against Alexandria’s Lauren Stockmoe early on by taking a 4-up lead into the turn. Skaar, a junior at North Dakota State University, got par wins right off the bat on holes 1 and 2. Both players shot 2-over par over the next three holes, but Skaar righted the ship with a birdie win at the par-five sixth. She added another win with par on hole 9 to take all the momentum to the back.

Stockmoe’s lone win of the match came with a birdie at 11. Skaar made sure it wasn’t enough. She was steady over the last four holes, taking 10 and 13 with par, and adding a birdie win at the par-five 12th hole to secure her spot in the semifinals.

Monty def. Eldred, 2-1

Caroline Monty just graduated from high school in Stillwater this past spring, and she has shown a lot of calm in tight matches this week. She was at it again on Friday, storming back from a strong three-hole stretch from two-time Resorters champ Alayna Eldred and winning 2-1. Monty was 2-up at the turn after shooting evenpar 37 on the front, but she ran into some trouble on holes 10-12. Two bogeys allowed Eldred to pull even with par wins, and a birdie by Eldred at the par-five 12th gave her a 1-up lead. Monty stayed the course. She came right back with a par win at 13, and then did the exact same on 14 and 15 when

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Eldred opened the door a bit with bogeys. That 2-up advantage is how things ended after both players parred holes 16 and 17.

Boraas def. Olsen, 2-1

Hannah Boraas will add to her Resorters title she won in the Junior Division a couple of years ago if she can finish off two more wins. Boraas took hole 17 with a par against MacKenzie Olsen to finish off her 2-1 win in the quarterfinals. Olsen led early by taking the first hole with a par, but Boraas struck right back with par wins at 2 and 5 and a birdie win on hole 3. Olsen stayed close with a couple of par wins at 7 and 9, but Boraas had an answer throughout the day. She won 10 with a birdie before Olsen took 11 and 12 with birdies of her own. Boraas again answered, this time with a par win at 13 to go 1-up. She never trailed again as the win at 17 sent her to the semifinals.

Caroline Monty launches a shot from the tee box towards the par 3 7th hole on Aug. 5, 2022, during her quarterfinal match. Monty, a Stillwater native who graduated from high school this past spring, got a 2-1 win over defending champion Alayna Eldred on Friday to advance to the semifinals in the Women's Division. Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

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Under pressure, Golden and Harris deliver Both are going for their first title in the Grand Master Division By Al Edenloff aedenloff@echopress.com Who will stand at the top of the Resorters Grand Masters Division this year? Dave Harris of Alexandria has a shot. He’d like to add a fourth Resorters title to his trophy case. He won the Men’s Senior Division in 2006 and 1998 and was the champion of the Masters Division in 2014. Harris is coming off a fresh 2-up victory over the division’s defending champion, Jerry Gruidl. But standing in Harris’ way is Mike Golden, the division’s medalist who qualified with an 81. Golden, who gutted out a victory over the always tough Gene Sipe in an extra hole Friday, is looking for his first Resorters’ title. He

After halving No. 8 with bogeys, Sipe birdied the 9th hole to get back to even at the turn. Sipe took his first lead of the match with a bogey win on No. 10. Golden Harris It held for a couple of holes until Golden put was the division’s runtogether back-to-back ner-up last year when wins on Nos. 13 and 14 Gruidl took the trophy, with two bogeys to go 1-up. 1-up. Both competitors Harris and Golden will tied on the next three tee it up Saturday from holes, going par, bogey, No. 1 at 11:30 a.m. par. Here’s a look back at The 18th hole was Friday’s semifinals. do-or-die time for Sipe and he delivered, knockGolden def. Sipe ing in a clutch birdie to in 19 holes The Golden-Sipe tie the match and send match was a pres- it into overtime. Goldsure-cooker from the en, however, was able to start.Golden grabbed survive by winning the the first lead, a birdie first extra hole with par. Stroke wise, Golden on No. 2, but Sipe came right back with a bogey shot close to his medalist round – he was win on No. 3. Golden won the next 10-over-par after 19 two holes with pars to holes – but more imporgo 2-up but Sipe whit- tantly, he was able to tled the lead down to rescue a win under one with a nifty birdie pressure to keep his title on the par-3 7th hole. hopes alive.

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Harris def. Gruidl, 2-up

In a battle between two Resorters legends, this time it was Harris who pulled off a big win, toppling Gruidl by taking the last three holes. Harris took the first lead in the match by winning No. 2 with birdie and No. 3 with par. Gruidl, who also has Men’s Division Resorters titles from 1977 and 1994, responded with back-to-back par wins on Nos. 5 and 6 to tie it. Harris won the next hole, the par-3 7th, with a par to regain the lead. Gruidl came back with a par win on the 9th hole to draw even. After Harris won No. 10 with par to take the lead for the third time, Gruidl got his game going. He won No. 12 with a birdie to tie it and moved into the lead with a par on the 13th hole. Harris didn’t cave. He bounced back with a

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Dave Harris celebrates making a long putt on hole 4 on Aug. 5, 2022. It was part of a good day for Harris as he won 2-up over defending Grand Master champion Jerry Gruidl to secure his spot in Saturday's championship match against Mike Golden. birdie win on No. 14 to Nos. 16, 17 and 18 with tie it. Gruidl pulled off a pars to clinch a 2-up par win on the next hole victory. MEN’S GRAND MASTERS FINAL to go 1-up, but that’s PAIRING - SATURDAY FROM THE FIRST TEE when Harris staged his 11:30 a.m. - Mike Golden vs. Dave Harcomeback – winning ris

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High seeds sweep the semifinals

Pelzel and Larson to tangle in final

By Al Edenloff aedenloff@echopress.com Upsets rocked the Men’s Regular first flight semifinals Friday. Both matches ended quickly, taking only 15 holes or less. The No. 8 seed, Cory Pelzel, eliminated the No. 5 seed, Luke Resler, 4-3, while the No. 7 seed, Riley Larson, knocked out the No. 3 seed, Logan DuBe, 6-5. Pelzel and Larson will square off Saturday, starting from the No. 1 tee at 8:10 a.m. Here’s a look at how they got into the finals yesterday:

Pelzel def. Resler, 4-3

The match was a rollercoaster ride on the front nine with a lot of ups and downs for both competitors. Pelzel grabbed the first lead, a par on No. 1, but Resler answered with back-toback birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to steal the lead. Pelzel tied it up on the next hole with a par and

Cory Pelzel watches from the No. 1 tee box to see where his drive lands on Aug. 5, 2022. Pelzel won a 4-3 match against Luke Resler to secure his spot in the Men's Regular first flight championship on Saturday.

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regained the lead with a birdie win on No. 6. Resler drew even with a par win on the par-3 7th hole but Pelzel stormed back with birdie and par wins on Nos. 8 and 9 to go 2-up at the turn. Pelzel kept his streak going with a par win on No. 10 to go 3-up and added a key birdie win on No. 12 to pad his lead to four. Pelzel, who took down the top-seeded Jack Cummings on Thursday, put together another solid round stroke wise, shooting a 1-under-par for the day.

and 4, also with pars. Larson vaulted into the lead for the secA five-hole streak ond time with a par on propelled Larson to a No. 5. After both golfquick win over DuBe. ers halved Nos. 6 and The match was deadlocked after four holes, 7 with bogeys, Larson’s with Larson winning hot streak began. He Nos. 2 and 3 with pars won Nos. 8 (bogey), 9 and DuBe taking Nos. 1 (par), 10 (par), 11 (bird-

Larson def. DuBe, 6-5

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Riley Larson lines up his putt on the No. 5 green on Aug. 5, 2022. Larson was on his game during the semifinals of the Men's Regular Division's first flight on Friday as he took a 6-5 match over Logan DuBe to secure a spot in the finals. ie) and 12 – with an eagle no less – to take a commanding 6-up lead. Bogeys on No. 13 ended the match with Larson riding to a 6-5 win. It was just an off-day for DuBe, who shot a 73 in the qualifier. On Friday, he was 11-overpar after 13 holes. Larson, meanwhile, was 3-over-par on the day.

Luke Resler chips from just left of the No. 1 green on Aug. 5, 2022.

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Herzog, Empanger to meet in battle of prior champs Both look for first Masters crown By Sam Stuve Alexandria Echo Press A first-time Men’s Masters champion will be crowned on Saturday. Top-seeded Steve Herzog of Alexandria and three-seeded Jon Empanger of Chaska will meet in Saturday’s finals in a battle of storied Resorters champions. Whoever wins will be adding to a jam packed trophy case from Resorters past. Herzog is a threetime Men’s Seniors titlist, two-time Men’s champion and one-time Men’s Executive winner. Empanger is also a three-time Men’s Seniors champion and is also a five-time Executive champion on top of that. To get to the finals, both of them had to get through some tough competition. Herzog had to get past three-time Men’s Seniors runner-up Jim Arnold, while Empanger had to out duke defending champion, Tom Ryan.

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Herzog made some clutch shots in the final few holes to win. In his quarterfinal match on Thursday against Greg Mattson, Herzog won holes 15 and 16 to tie the match and he won a playoff hole to advance. Herzog’s last championship win came in 2019 when defeated Chris Haugen 2-1 in the Seniors championship.

Empanger def. Ryan, 5-4

A flurry of birdies guided Empanger to victory over Ryan, the No. 2 seed. Empanger birdied five times between holes 1 and 14. His birdie flurry started early, with one coming on the par-4 2nd

hole to go 2-up. Ryan had a birdie on the par-4 5th hole to trim his deficit in half. Empanger caught fire, starting on the par-4 9th hole, which he birdied to go 2-up heading to the back nine. He then birdied the par-4 11th, the par-3 13th and the par-4 14th, which helped him win, 5-4. Empanger has birdied holes 11 and 14 in back-to-back rounds. He’s also won hole 14 each time he’s played it in match play, along with one of the first two holes. 2011 was the last time Empanger won a title at the Resorters. That was his third straight Seniors title win in a row. Empanger finished runner-up to Haugen in the 2018 Seniors championships. MENS MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP, SATURDAY - 1ST TEE 12:45 p.m. - Steve Herzog vs. Jon Empanger

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Herzog def. Arnold, 2-1

Herzog and fifth-seeded Arnold went tip-for-tap with one another through 14 holes with neither giving too much to the other in terms of a strong lead on the scoreboard. But Herzog turned it on during the home stretch to win 2-1. He parred the par-4 15th and 16th holes to take a 2-up lead, which he held onto after tying Arnold on the par-3 17th. Friday was the second day in a row in which

Steve Herzog hits a short chip shot from just behind the No. 6 green on Aug. 5, 2022. Herzog won 2-1 over Jim Arnold in the semifinals of the Masters Division to earn a shot at getting a seventh Resorters championship if he can beat Jon Empanger on Saturday.

Above: Jon Empanger watches his tee shot head down the No. 6 fairway on Aug. 5, 2022. Empanger, an eight-time champion at the Resorters, will face six-time champ Steve Herzog in the Masters championship on Saturday after winning a 5-4 match on Friday. Left: Tom Ryan putts on hole 5 during a match on Aug. 5, 2022 in the semifinals of the Masters Division at the Resorters. Photos by Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press


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