Olafson continues to dominate Mid-Am
For the second time in three years, Fargo's Jay Olafson is the Pine to Palm's Mid-Am champion.
Last year's Mid-Am finals' loss to Chad Niles has been Olafson's only blemish on what has been a dominating presence in the three-year-old Mid-Am Division.
Olafson has been in all three championship matches and has collected a match-play record of 11-1.
That now includes his 1-up victory over Moorhead's Duane Siverson in 19 holes, which claimed Olafson the 2011 Mid-Am championship.
"It was a back and forth match all day," Olafson said. "Duane was consistent all day. I wasn't striking the great and my irons were bad."
But Olafson hung with Siverson, even building an early 2-up advantage on the front nine.
Siverson countered by winning holes 12 and 13 to eventually go up by one hole.
Olafson's chipper saved him on more than one occasion, with one of those being on the 16th green, after he drove his ball over the pin. He was able to land a nice chip up to win the hole and put the match back to even.
"I was chipping and putting well today," Olafson added.
The two halved holes 17 and 18, with both driving onto the fairway on the extra hole on the first hole.
Siverson's approach shot sailed left and landed near the cartpath, while Olafson stayed solid and eventually was able to chip up to within four feet of the cup.
Siverson missed his 14-foot birdie putt, as Olafson sealed his second Mid-Am championship.
"I love it," said Olafson of his second Mid-Am championship. "I chipped and putted well, that always helps."
Kent Fronk of Jamestown, N.D., won the medalist slot by shooting a two-over par 74-70-144, just one stroke better than Olafson's 145.
Olafson won his opening round with a 3 and 1 win over Jon Anas, continued with a 3 and 1 victory over Detroit Lakes' Aaron Burnside and topped Fronk 8 and 6 in the semifinals.