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Renner and Krueger to play for 1st Super Senior title

Chuck Renner watches a drive during his Saturday match against Ted Hatlen.1 / 2
Paul Krueger leans to make his ball turn left a bit on the 17th green during his match against James "Lank" Larson Saturday.2 / 2

Chuck Renner's luggage might be a bit heavier when he heads back to Phoenix, Ariz., after his week playing in the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament.

Playing in the newly-created Super Seniors division, Renner has the potential to win both big awards with one more win in the championship match Sunday, starting at 11:20 a.m. at the Detroit Country Club.

Already toting the medalist laurels with his two-over par 73, Renner won his semifinal match 5 and 4 over Detroit Lakes' Ted Hatlen to ensure an opportunity for the Super Senior sweep.

But DL's Paul Krueger also has a shot of breaking up that sweep and bringing home the grand prize of the week -- the Super Senior championship.

Krueger defeated James "Lank" Larson in his semifinal match 1-up, in a closely contested duel.

And it was closer than one can describe, in fact.

Larson's chip shot on the final hole of the match on nine, came just six inches of falling in.

That would have won the hole for him and pushed the match into extra holes.

"It was that close," Krueger said.

But Krueger was able to build a 3-up lead early, while Larson kept chipping away at it throughout the round.

Now Krueger has the opportunity to haul in a championship.

"It's going to be fun playing in the first Super Senior finals," Krueger replied.

Renner is hoping his game improves, after what he described as a "sloppy" win against Hatlen.

"We both had a number of mistakes, but none of mine really hurt me," Renner said. "I caught Ted on a bad day, I know he can play better than he did."

Renner won holes two and seven by par and birdie, then took nine after Hatlen short-sided his tee shot for a 3-up advantage.

Another Hatlen miscue on 10 put Renner 4-up and another win on 11 put him firmly in control 5-up.

"I wasn't driving the ball well, I hit only five fairways," Renner said. "I just wasn't crisp."

But playing in a championship-type of atmosphere won't bother Renner, who was a golf pro for 13 years and played college golf.

"Well, I would love to birdie my first five holes (in the championship match)," Renner laughed. "That isn't asking too much, is it?

"I thought I had it figured out today, but I didn't. All I can do is prepare the best I can."

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