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Paudie O'Conner tees off on the par three 14th hole during his senior championship match against Ron Vincelli Thursday.

Pine to Palm: Defending Senior champion loses in first round

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After a strong summer of practicing and polishing up his golf game, defending Pine to Palm champion Joe Sauer ran into the uncertainty of match play Thursday.

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As Sauer found out, match play is a fickle thing, as a combination of running into a hot T.L. Solien and a sub-par game ended his quest for a repeat title after losing 4 and 2.

"You have to give Tim (Solien) credit, he had a lot of birdies," Sauer said. "His driver was good and my driver stunk."

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