Super Seniors trimmed to last 4
Ted Hatlen has seen many different things during the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament and the addition of the Super Seniors Division is a very welcomed one by the longtime tourney player.
Even though the first -ever Super Seniors match play round was partially wiped out by stormy weather, the feeling is mutual of the newly created division among the elders of the Pine to Palm as there were 26 entrants, a solid number in the first year.
Hatlen was amongst the four winners Thursday under cloudy skies during the quarterfinals of Super Senior play, along with medalist Chuck Renner, James "Lank" Larson and Paul Krueger.
"I just made a lot of pars," said Hatlen, who sunk 10 of 11 par putts on his way to a 5-up win over William Ericksen. "I hit almost every green, which is good, especially in this weather."
Renner, who won medalist laurels with a two-over par 73, won 2-up over John Lieser, as Larson downed Owen Germundson 5-up.
Krueger also played par golf, while his opponent Ron Smedshammer struggled in an 8 and 6 loss.
"(Smedshammer) just had a bad day," Krueger said. "I'm also expecting a very tough match tomorrow."
Hatlen will face Renner in the upper-bracket semifinal match, while Larson with play Krueger in the bottom bracket.
Overall, the Super Seniors Division has had a positive tone.
"It was a great idea to add the Super Seniors and most of the guys who are in it, have played the Pine to Palm," Hatlen said. "They'll work the kinks out, too. There's been very competitive play."