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Spriggs and Cavanagh are Mid-Am finalists

Perham’s Bob Cavanagh watches his drive on the 5th hole during his Saturday match against Scott Uithoven.1 / 2
Kent Spriggs watches his tee shot to the par three 8th green during Saturday’s Mid Am match against Perry Piatz. 2 / 2

BY BRIAN WIERIMA

Kent Spriggs earned another shot at Pine to Palm championship silver after qualifying for the Mid-Am title match with a 3 and 1 victory over defending champ Perry Piatz Saturday.

The semifinal match was tight all the way through to hole 16, where Spriggs finally broke open a 2-up lead to secure his win.

“We each had a lot of birdies and both of us played well,” Spriggs said. “The one thing I need to stay, is aggressive. I just keep it in the back of my mind to stay aggressive, because that’s when I usually play better.”

Spriggs’ sand wedge shot off the fairway on 16 landed within 10-12 feet from the cup.

Piatz lipped his putt out and Spriggs sunk his for the all-important 2-up lead with two holes remaining.

Each of the golfers had three birdies each.

Spriggs lost to A.J. Greff in the Mid-Am championship in 2012. It’s a position he wants to be in again, but this time, with a different result.

“I don’t want to be second again,” Spriggs said. “I’ve won flights before, but nothing ever like this.”

Perham’s Bob Cavanagh qualified for his first Mid-Am championship match with a 1-up win over medalist Scott Uithoven.

Cavanagh has been playing well lately and looks to continue that against Spriggs Sunday.

The Mid-Am championship match will start at 12:40 p.m.

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