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Rubis survives to defend title

For 42 years, Tim Rubis and Dan Elton have been friends.

Friday, the two golfing buddies had to go head-to-head in the Pine to Palm Seniors quarterfinals, as the defending champion Rubis outlasted Elton 2 and 1.

"We both started out a little slow, with holes won by unforced errors," Rubis said. "The back nine was better and no one had over a one-hole lead most of the way."

But it was hole 15 which ended up being a pendulum-swinging one, as Rubis took a 2-up advantage, after birdied 12 and won 13 on an Elton three-putt green.

Elton dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on 16 and it looked as if he could pull even after Rubis drove his ball into the sand on 17.

But instead, Rubis came out of the bunker beautifully, laying his sand shot six inches from the cup.

Rubis will be a tough out the rest of the way, after playing 20-plus Pine to Palms and winning the Seniors title last year.

"I've played a lot of tournament golf and I've learned you have to keep your focus and basically trust in yourself," Rubis added.

Rubis' opponent in the semifinals will be Scott Linnerooth, who won 1-up on John Schwankl.

The 2009 Senior's champion, T.L. Solien, is back in the hunt after he downed Spencer Clark 2-up.

His opponent will be Rob Harris, who took care of Bruce Carlisle 5 and 4 Friday.

The Senior semifinals will start on tee one at 1:35 p.m.

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