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Renner continues playoff run; Hatlen hopes to end it today

Bill Blake rolls a putt during his Thursday Super Seniors match against Owen Germundson. Blake won the match 4 and 3. BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT1 / 2
Super Senior medalist Chuck Renner hits an approach shot during his Thursday amtch against Tom Pederson. Renner won the match 7 and 6. BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT2 / 2

Detroit Lakes Ted Hatlen has seen it all during the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament and he knows he doesn't have a cake walk in front of him Friday in the Super Seniors quarterfinals.

Hatlen advanced through the first round of the Super Seniors division with a 1-up win over Wadena's Terry Olafson, which pairs him up against two-time medalist Chuck Renner, who won convincingly 7 and 6 over Tom Pederson.

"Chuck is a very good golfer," Hatlen said.

Renner shot a three-under par 68 to win Super Senior medalist laurels and was in tune against Pederson.

But Hatlen is a veteran of the Detroit Country Club course and the Pine to Palm, so he has a plan.

"I'm going to swing for the fences," Hatlen laughed. "I'll need to keep my drives in the fairways and not beat myself. You never know about match play."

In the other bracket below Renner and Hatlen will be Robert Harris going against Ron Smedshammer.

Harris won 1-up over Ron Smet, while Smedshammer was a 6 and 4 winner over Larry Doeden.

The bottom bracket will feature two Rutledge Award winners facing each other in Tom Hanson and Dick McConn.

Both golfers won by 1-up results, as Hanson topped Thomas Wood and McConn beat James Wolff.

Bill Blake was a 4 and 3 winner over Owen Germundson, while Dr. Rick Render advanced over Pete Lysaker with a 1-up score.

The Super Seniors will start teeing off at 9 a.m. Friday on the first and 10th tee boxes.

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