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Kent Fronk watches his approach shot to the par four 13th green during Thursday's march play. BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT

Burnside rallies, Fronk wins

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When Aaron Burnside and his wife, Lara, purchased the old D-Dahl's Bar and Restaurant, his schedule became pretty busy.

It resembled his first-round match in the Mid-Am Division Thursday, busy and long.

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Burnside survived his first round match against Paul Uithoven 1-up in 19 holes, after the Detroit Lakes' native had to make a rally.

"I started off a bit shaky and was down two, but I recovered," Burnside said.

Uithoven went 1-up with three holes to go, before Burnside was able to win the final regulation hole with a bogey to force extra holes.

The extra-hole produced a Burnside win, after he was able to play it safe to win another bogey, after Uithoven shot deep into the rough.

Burnside will now face 2009 champion and 2010 runner-up Jay Olafson of Fargo in the quarterfinals.

"I started putting better again with just one 3-putt today," Burnside said. "But I need to get off the tee a little better."

Burnside was able to play to the championship in Mahnomen's Short Stop Tournament last weekend, something which was a good spark.

"That really kicked started me," Burnside added. "But I really need to thank my wife and staff at Burnside's, because they really helped out when I was gone."

Medalist Kent Fronk of Jamestown, N.D., stayed alive with a 4 and 2 1 win over Keith Aasen.

Fronk, who was the 2009 runner-up, said the two went back and forth for most of the day.

"I didn't really get in a lot of trouble and I did get up and down most of the time," Fronk said.

Fronk recovered nicely for medalist laurels after shooting a three-over par 74 Monday, then rebounded with five birdies Tuesday for a 70 for a final 144.

"That gave me a lot of confidence after Tuesday," Fronk said. "Now, I need to keep it in play, because I don't hit it far, but straight."

Both Fronk and Burnside, who have both played in the first two Mid-Am tournaments, are happy with the progression of the division.

"I said three years ago it's going to grow," Burnside said. "The competition is good."

Added Fronk, "It was a great move, there are no easy matches in Mid-Am."

Defending champion Chad Niles won 4 and 3 over John Woxland and will face Brian Benson, who defeated Donald Nelson 2 and 1.

In the other upper bracket match-up, Bill Schommer will face last year's medalist Duane Siverson.

Fronk will match-up against Thomas Solien, who beat Craig Stein 1-up, while Olafson (a 3 and 1 winner over Jon Anas) and Burnside will square off.

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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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