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Great birdie shot under strange circumstances

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* Tanner Jones, of Fargo in his second day of qualifying (Wed) in the championship flight probably had one of the greatest birdies at the

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Pine to Palm in recent years. Jones hit his drive on the 18th hole and his ball carried over the trees lining the 6th fairway and hit the food trailer roof on his drive in front of the clubhouse. It then bounced on the canopy of the clubhouse and ended up in the edging of the flower bed,

He then was given relief by the rules committee. The scorer's tent had to be moved and his 60 degree wedge ended up on the green, twenty feet below the hole. His uphill putt found the bottom of the cup and Jones had a birdie. "What a crazy birdie!" said Jones with a smile.

* Three golfers from Fargo -Colin Bork, James "Lank" Larson & Rod Stecher were inducted into the North Dakota Hall of Fame at a reception at Oxbow Country Club recently.

Bork was 1995 Pine to Palm runner-up losing to Mark Halverson of Fargo. He also was former assistant pro at Detroit Country Club and also worked at Sun Mountain Golf in Missoula Montana. Bork is a former State Stroke Champion & Match Player champ besides being a USGA Senior Amateur Champ.

Larson claimed medalist honors at the Pine to Palm in 2001 firing a 72. He was medalist again in 2004 with a 69 and won the Senior Championship defeating Doug Gillam of Eden Prairie in the finals in that year. In 2003, he was Senior Runner-up losing to Scott Hiller of Marshall in the finals.

Stecher, who died in 2009 was on the North Dakota Golf Association board of directors for six years, coached golf at Dickinson High School and competed in oveer 100 NDGA events and twice won the Heart River Championship.

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