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Chad Niles and Jay Olafson shake hands on the 17th green following their match Sunday afternoon.

First time's a charm

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A repeat run was not in the cards for defending Pine to Palm champion Jay Olafson, as Fargo's Chad Niles clinched the second Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship Sunday at the Detroit Country Club.

The pendulum of victory swung Niles' way with a victory on hole 14 with a par to expand to a 2-up advantage on Olafson.

It was too deep of a hole for the defending champion, as the duo halved the final three holes to give Niles the victory.

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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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