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Final 4 is set for Super's

A pair of former Rutledge Award winners faced off in the Pine to Palm Super Senior quarterfinals Friday, as the medalist kept moving right along.

The Super Seniors' final four is now set, as the field of eight was trimmed in half.

Good friends and Rutledge Award winners Tom Hanson and Dick McConn played a close match, which could have gone either way.

But in the end, Hanson was the semifinalist with a 1-up win over McConn.

"My biggest weapon was talking politics," Hanson laughed. "I was able to rile him up a bit and take him off his game."

McConn made eagle on hole six to trim Hanson's lead to one hole, but the Detroit Lakes native and Zorbaz owner was able to take hole eight to go back up two and eventually stave off any comeback.

The two friends have played countless of rounds together, but this is the first time Hanson and McConn played against each other at the Pine to Palm.

"We are good friends and if we played 100 times, it would go 50-50," Hanson said.

This is Hanson's 38th Pine to Palm and he loves the addition of the Super Seniors, as well.

"I've been fortunate, because as I keep getting older, they keep adding divisions," Hanson said. "In 10 years I'm waiting for them to add the Super-Duper Seniors Division."

Hanson's next opponent is also a close friend, as Dr. Rick Render beat Detroit Lakes' Bill Blake 1-up Friday.

In the upper bracket, medalist Chuck Renner keeps on rolling, after a 2 and 1 win over DL's Ted Hatlen.

His next opponent will be 82-year-old Dr. Robert Harris, who toppled Ron Smedshammer 1-up.

"We both had bumpy front nines, but after making the turn, we played very even," Harris said. "I was making putts today."

Harris, who had a qualifying score of four-over par 75, took par on each of 15 and 16, then went 1-up on 17 and halved 18.

"Now I need to keep it in play, that will be key," said Harris on advancing to the championship.

The Super Senior semifinals will tee off at 12:47 p.m. Saturday.