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Big-shot Spriggs advances to semis

Defending Pine to Palm Mid-Am champion Jay Olafson watches his drive on the par four 10th hole during his Friday match against Otis Hestness. Olafson won 2 and 1.1 / 2
AJ Greff rolls in a birdie putt on the par five 12th green Friday afternoon. Greff beat Kent Fronk 2 and 1 to advance to Saturday Mid-Am match play.2 / 2

Friday during the quarterfinals of the Mid-Am match play, Spriggs did it again by hitting an eagle from 78 yards out on hole six en route to a 4 and 3 win over Bill Schommer.

"I made a bunch of pars, so it was a good day," Spriggs said. "I was putting well."

Spriggs started the day off with a birdie and made nice putts on three and four. He made birdie on hole five to take a 3-up lead, before his eagle on six.

By the turn, he was 5-up and was able to play conservatively on the back nine to seal the win.

Spriggs will face medalist Mike Seelye of Detroit Lakes, who defeated Perry Piatz 1-up Friday.

For the second time in as many rounds, Seelye didn't play as well on his front nine as his back. But it still ended with the same result -- a win.

Seelye made birdie on each of 10, 12 and 18, the latter securing his second berth in the Mid-Am semifinals.

"I don't know what it is, but I have to get over my first hole jitters," Seelye said. "I need to start better and hit fairways, greens and putt well."

On the upper bracket, defending champion Jay Olafson downed Detroit Lakes' Otis Hesteness 2 and 1 and A.J. Greff topped Kent Fronk 2 and 1.

The Mid-Am semifinals will start at 1:59 p.m.

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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