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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.


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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