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When Mike Berg scored birdies on the first five holes at Detroit Country Club on Wednesday, June 7, he knew it was going to be a good day on the links.

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"That's the first time I've ever done that (birdied the first five holes)," Berg said.

Though he only made par on the sixth, Berg went on to get birdies on holes seven, eight and nine to finish with an eight-under par 28.

"I made eight birdies on the first nine holes," he said. "My previous low on the front nine was a 30, or six under par."

Though he had some "good opportunities" to continue his low-scoring ways on the back nine, Berg said, "I was a little nervous."

"It's tough to focus on every shot when you're in that fuzzy gray area where you know there's a good chance that you could break the course record," he continued. "Focused as I was on pulling off every shot, the group of guys I was playing with were egging me on, wanted to see me make that course record. That made me a little more nervous than I would have been with just one other person (on the course)."

Berg also knew he was being watched closely by a very interested golfer in the party that had taken the course just before his group: Kane Hanson, the previous record holder at DCC.

"I don't think it's a case where we're consciously trying to one up each other, but... I'd say it's a small rivalry, sure," Berg admitted.

"He was watching the final two holes to see if I'd get a 59," Berg said. Though he only managed to get a 60 (which is 11-under par) and tie Hanson's record, set on June 29, 2005, Berg said it "was kind of nice" to do it with Hanson watching.

"I'm sure (getting a 59) is a goal of his as well," Berg added. "It's a tough mark to set, but he or I could probably do it at some point. You just have to putt really well and have a few breaks go your way."

Berg said he had a "lip out" on hole 14 that's "probably going to haunt me for a little while."

"It wasn't a perfect round of golf," he said. "But there isn't ever a perfect round... it's more a matter of managing the imperfect."

Berg also noted that in general, he had a very good day of putting -- something he attributed to some new equipment.

"I owe it to my putter," he said. "I have a new putter, from Pinfire Golf... It's a new company in California that I started working with last summer.

"If you can shave one stroke off of your round, that can make all the difference. That's why I switched. Now I've just got to find one other area where I can shave off another stroke."

Though he hopes to break the record at DCC some day, Berg said he may not get another crack at it for a while; he left this week for Vancouver, Canada, to join the Canadian pro tour.

Berg has played in five events in the Canadian Pro Tour, making two cuts and has a stroke average of 74.43. He is currently ranked 108th on the Tour after earning $663 in 14 rounds of play.By VICKI L. GERDES

vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com

When Mike Berg scored birdies on the first five holes at Detroit Country Club on Wednesday, June 7, he knew it was going to be a good day on the links.

"That's the first time I've ever done that (birdied the first five holes)," Berg said.

Though he only made par on the sixth, Berg went on to get birdies on holes seven, eight and nine to finish with an eight-under par 28.

"I made eight birdies on the first nine holes," he said. "My previous low on the front nine was a 30, or six under par."

Though he had some "good opportunities" to continue his low-scoring ways on the back nine, Berg said, "I was a little nervous."

"It's tough to focus on every shot when you're in that fuzzy gray area where you know there's a good chance that you could break the course record," he continued. "Focused as I was on pulling off every shot, the group of guys I was playing with were egging me on, wanted to see me make that course record. That made me a little more nervous than I would have been with just one other person (on the course)."

Berg also knew he was being watched closely by a very interested golfer in the party that had taken the course just before his group: Kane Hanson, the previous record holder at DCC.

"I don't think it's a case where we're consciously trying to one up each other, but... I'd say it's a small rivalry, sure," Berg admitted.

"He was watching the final two holes to see if I'd get a 59," Berg said. Though he only managed to get a 60 (which is 11-under par) and tie Hanson's record, set on June 29, 2005, Berg said it "was kind of nice" to do it with Hanson watching.

"I'm sure (getting a 59) is a goal of his as well," Berg added. "It's a tough mark to set, but he or I could probably do it at some point. You just have to putt really well and have a few breaks go your way."

Berg said he had a "lip out" on hole 14 that's "probably going to haunt me for a little while."

"It wasn't a perfect round of golf," he said. "But there isn't ever a perfect round... it's more a matter of managing the imperfect."

Berg also noted that in general, he had a very good day of putting -- something he attributed to some new equipment.

"I owe it to my putter," he said. "I have a new putter, from Pinfire Golf... It's a new company in California that I started working with last summer.

"If you can shave one stroke off of your round, that can make all the difference. That's why I switched. Now I've just got to find one other area where I can shave off another stroke."

Though he hopes to break the record at DCC some day, Berg said he may not get another crack at it for a while; he left this week for Vancouver, Canada, to join the Canadian pro tour.

Berg has played in five events in the Canadian Pro Tour, making two cuts and has a stroke average of 74.43. He is currently ranked 108th on the Tour after earning $663 in 14 rounds of play.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151
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