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Larry Olin, left, watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during senior championship match play.

Four Seniors advance to Pine to Palm semifinals <br> Nelson wins on extra hole to edge Harris

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There was bit more than just a Pine to Palm Senior quarterfinal match on the line when Clint Nelson faced Rob Harris Friday at the Detroit Country Club.

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There was some college pride on the line.

Nelson is a University of North Dakota alumni, while Harris totes the Maroon-and-Gold as a University of Minnesota alum, in which, are obvious big rivals in the world of college hockey.

"Rob came up to me and said I knew you were playing here because all of these UND tees were lying around," Nelson said with a laugh. "But it was a fun and competitive match."

But you can strike one up for the Sioux, as Nelson topped Harris 1-up, which was decided on one playoff hole.

Nelson made quite the comeback after trailing by two holes with only two to go.

So the Sioux alum went to work, winning 17 after Harris went into the bunker and pulled to within even on 18 after Nelson almost holed his approach shot for eagle, but settling for birdie.

Nelson sunk his match-winning putt on the first green to win the playoff and match.

"They just mowed the green, so it rolled really nice," Nelson said.

Nelson will face first-time Pine to Palmer Conrad Lopes, who defeated Burke Kiger 4 and 3.

Lopes shot solid, shooting three-over par.

The upper bracket semifinal match will feature Tim Rubis and Larry Olin.

Rubis used some sharp shooting on the pin to answer several good shots by Mike Stirling to win 5 and 4.

"I made my putts," Rubis said.

The Fargo golfer nearly hit a hole in one on eight, as his drive went about four feet wide of the cup to win with a par. Rubis went 2-up after a par on nine.

Stirling drained his five-foot birdie putt, but Rubis answered with a long putt of his own to halve the hole.

"I felt like I won that one with that long putt," Rubis said.

Another birdie putt put Rubis 3-up, in which he followed that up by hitting the stick from 55-yards out on the next hole.

Olin used a strong putter to play his way past Ron Burnside 5 and 4. Olin will be making his first trip to the semifinals.

Senior play will start at 1:57 p.m. on tee one.

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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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