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Two P-P stalwarts face off: Rubis topples 3-time champ Strandemo

Pine to Palm senior Tim Rubis narrowly misses a birdie putt on the 10th green during his Friday match. Rubis beat Pine to Palm legend Jim Strandemo 4 and 3 Friday.1 / 2
Defending Pine to Palm senior champion Rob Harris hits his approach shot to the 10th green Friday. He beat Rick Samson 6 and 5.2 / 2

"I woke up a few times last night because I knew I had to play Jim," Rubis said. "But it was awesome playing him, because he has such a storied history behind him here."

The duo has played each in the past during Championship play back in in the 1980's and memories were definitely present during the Seniors match Friday.

Strandemo even flashed off his signature putter in the air move after sinking a putt on the fifth green, which brought back memories for Rubis.

"I was watching him putt today and remember him making that same putt 100 times before," Rubis added.

But on this day, it was Rubis who made the crucial putts on his way to a 4 and 3 win over Strandemo.

Rubis had a searing hot start by winning the first four holes, beginning with a birdie win.

But Strandemo didn't go away quietly by winning holes five and six, one in which Rubis wishes he could have back.

"I made the dumbest golf move I've made in years after Jim drove his ball in the trees off the tee," Rubis said. "I decided to go for it and used my driver and ended up going out of bounds.

"That was just dumb confidence."

By hole 12, Strandemo had chiseled the lead down to one hole, but Rubis swung the pendulum back his way with consecutive birdie wins on 13 and 14.

"I had a good three wood to within 90 yards on 13 and was able to put my lob wedge within to three to four feet of the cup," Rubis said. "I used an eight iron uphill on 14 to land it to within five feet to win that hole, too."

A par on 15 ended the match and Rubis' third consecutive final four berth in Senior's play by shooting even par. He was runner-up last year and won the title in 2010.

"I just need to start playing good golf and not back into each match," Rubis said.

Rubis will face his fellow co-medalist Scott Linnerooth in the semifinals. Linnerooth was a 5 and 3 winner over Don Nelson.

In the upper bracket, defending champion Bob Harris easily played past Rick Samson 6 and 5, while the 2012 Rutledge Award winner Ron Vincelli fell to Spencer Clark 5 and 4.

The Seniors will start at 1:51 p.m. off the first and 10th teeboxes.

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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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