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Pine to Palm: Vincelli and Nelson share Senior medalist honors

Clint Nelson was the 2008 Senior's co-medalist.1 / 2
Pat Vincelli tees off during the 2008 Pine to Palm Senior tournament play. Vincelli was the Senior's runner-up and co-medalist.2 / 2

Clint Nelson and Pat Vincelli have been here before.

That "here" is on top of the Pine to Palm Senior's qualifying scoring list, as the duo tied for co-medalist honors Wednesday after both shot even-par 71.

Vincelli has been a main stay force to be reckoned with in the Pine to Palm Seniors after winning the title in 2002 and 2006, while earning medalist laurels in 2002.

Nelson was a Senior medalist winner in 2001, along with James Larson, Gerry Douglas and Joe Mayer, who all fired a 1 over par 72.

"Anytime you finish with par is good," Vincelli said. "I scrambled there at the end, but I had a good start."

Vincelli has had some more time to sharpen his golfing skills this past year, after he retired and is now living in Florida.

"I've been able to play a lot more golf after retiring last year," Vincelli said. "Sometimes I can be dangerous, sometimes I can play like a slug. Golf is a very humbling game."

Last year's runner-up T.L. Solien of Madison, Wisc., shot a two-over 73 to secure a spot in the 16-man match play field, while Jim Bergeson of Barnesville didn't have to qualify after winning the Senior's title in 2007.

Tim Rubis of Fargo makes his second appearance in Senior's bracket play after shooting a one-over 72, along with Don Bradford of Venice, Fla., and Bob Theriault of Eden Prairie.

Other Senior qualifiers included Dan Elton of Moorhead, Joe Sauer of Sauk Rapids, Mike Stirling of Fargo, Larry Olin of Eden Prairie, Bob Erickson of Fargo, John Gergen of Glendale, Ariz. and Ted Hat-len of Detroit Lakes.

A playoff was held Thursday morning with four players going for the final two spots after each shot a six-over 77.

They include Terry Barnard of DL, James Wolff of Goodyear, Ariz., John Hagge of Fergus Falls and Jack Seiberlich of Rush City.