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Burnside rallies, Fronk wins

Kent Fronk watches his approach shot to the par four 13th green during Thursday's march play. BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT1 / 2
Thomas Solien watches his tee shot on the par three 14th hole Thursday. BRIAN BASHAM/SPOTLIGHT2 / 2

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.

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