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Renner recovers from slow start

Chuck Renner becomes the first Super Seniors medalist.

A precarious start to Chuck Renner's Super Senior qualifying round Wednesday, made him to think about Detroit Lakes' other big attraction -- fishing.

Three straight bogeys started Renner's round, which led him to start thinking what type of bait he should use on the lake Thursday.

Luckily for Renner, instead he started trying to correct his swing and it worked to near perfection, as he recovered from his three-over par start to win the first-ever Super Senior's medalist laurels with a two-over 73.

"The start was pretty pathetic," Renner said. "I was kind of thinking of fishing already tomorrow since I didn't think I would be in match play.

"But I just was able to correct my sloppy lower body (mechanics) and that set everything right. Everything I was aiming at, I was hitting."

Renner made par putts on 16 and 17 on his front nine, and recovered for a nice birdie on 18 after driving into the trees.

"I hit underneath a branch and it landed one foot from the cup for birdie," Renner said of 18. "That at least helped me neutralize one of my bogeys."

Renner made par on his first two holes after the turn, made bogey on three and made a par putt on four.

He missed a long uphill eagle putt on five, finishing with birdie and sunk another one on seven on a putt about 10-feet above the hole.

Winning the first Super Senior's medalist honor, was a nice recovery after last year's first-round exit in Senior's play after he lost to Dan Elton 1-up in 19 holes.

It was his first year he played in the Pine to Palm.

"It was nice to come back to win medalist honors," Renner said.

Renner will have the No. 1 seed and face John Lieser, who shot a qualifying score of 79. Lieser was the 1971 Pine to Palm champion.

Ted Hatlen (76) of Detroit Lakes will face William Ericksen (78).

In the bottom bracket, James "Lank" Larson (75) will take on Owen Germundson, while Paul Krueger of DL (75) will play Ron Smedshammer of DL (78).

The newly-created Super Senior Division had 27 golfers competing in it.

Super Senior match play will start at 8:40 a.m. on tee 10 Thursday morning.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.