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Wolff ends co-medalist’s run

A fast and furious 4-up lead by James Wolff ended Super Senior co-medalist Paul Krueger’s run in the opening round of the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament.

Wolff started out making three pars and a birdie to nab a 4-up advantage on Krueger, who still made a stab in match play, but ultimately fell short 3 and 2.

“I had a good start and he had some trouble early on,” Wolff said. “I just tried to play consistent and only fell into trouble on a couple of holes.”

Krueger, who was co-medalist along with Chuck Renner with a one-over par 72, still played tough to trim the lead to 2-up, but Wolff continued to play consistent to hold off the charge.

“I just kept playing my game, even after going 4-up,” Wolff said.

Wolff, who played to the Pine to Palm Seniors’ finals in 2002, will be looking to keep hitting near the pin and sink his putts.

“I just want to keep it close to the pins and today, my putting was steady because I didn’t have any three putts,” Wolff included.

Wolff’s opponent will be Don Bradford, who toppled William Blake 4 and 3.

Renner kept up his usual winning ways by downing Burke Kiger 7 and 6. He will face Lance Brown, who won a marathon over Bruce Carlisle 1-up in 20 holes.

Thomas Wood was a 1-up victor over Doug Gillund. He will face Steve Sundby, who was also a 1-up winner over a tough opponent in Pete Lysaker.

In the other bottom bracket matches, Ronald Vincelli outlasted Richard McConn 1-up in 20 holes and Dr. Lynn Marr was a 5 and 4 winner over Gen Hebl.

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