Burnside rallies, Fronk wins
When Aaron Burnside and his wife, Lara, purchased the old D-Dahl's Bar and Restaurant, his schedule became pretty busy.
It resembled his first-round match in the Mid-Am Division Thursday, busy and long.
Burnside survived his first round match against Paul Uithoven 1-up in 19 holes, after the Detroit Lakes' native had to make a rally.
"I started off a bit shaky and was down two, but I recovered," Burnside said.
Uithoven went 1-up with three holes to go, before Burnside was able to win the final regulation hole with a bogey to force extra holes.
The extra-hole produced a Burnside win, after he was able to play it safe to win another bogey, after Uithoven shot deep into the rough.
Burnside will now face 2009 champion and 2010 runner-up Jay Olafson of Fargo in the quarterfinals.
"I started putting better again with just one 3-putt today," Burnside said. "But I need to get off the tee a little better."
Burnside was able to play to the championship in Mahnomen's Short Stop Tournament last weekend, something which was a good spark.
"That really kicked started me," Burnside added. "But I really need to thank my wife and staff at Burnside's, because they really helped out when I was gone."
Medalist Kent Fronk of Jamestown, N.D., stayed alive with a 4 and 2 1 win over Keith Aasen.
Fronk, who was the 2009 runner-up, said the two went back and forth for most of the day.
"I didn't really get in a lot of trouble and I did get up and down most of the time," Fronk said.
Fronk recovered nicely for medalist laurels after shooting a three-over par 74 Monday, then rebounded with five birdies Tuesday for a 70 for a final 144.
"That gave me a lot of confidence after Tuesday," Fronk said. "Now, I need to keep it in play, because I don't hit it far, but straight."
Both Fronk and Burnside, who have both played in the first two Mid-Am tournaments, are happy with the progression of the division.
"I said three years ago it's going to grow," Burnside said. "The competition is good."
Added Fronk, "It was a great move, there are no easy matches in Mid-Am."
Defending champion Chad Niles won 4 and 3 over John Woxland and will face Brian Benson, who defeated Donald Nelson 2 and 1.
In the other upper bracket match-up, Bill Schommer will face last year's medalist Duane Siverson.
Fronk will match-up against Thomas Solien, who beat Craig Stein 1-up, while Olafson (a 3 and 1 winner over Jon Anas) and Burnside will square off.