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Renner earns 4th straight medal, advances

Super senior co-medalist Chuck Renner chips up to the 6th green during Thursday’s Super Seniors match play. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

This time it worked out to perfection for Pine to Palm Super Senior golfer Chuck Renner.

For the second consecutive Pine to Palm tournament, Renner passed up his automatic berth into match play, instead opting to play in the qualifying round and try for his fourth medalist honor in five years.

Last year, Renner’s same plan came up a bit short, when Clint Nelson captured medalist laurels by shooting a 69.

But this time around, Renner shot a one-over par 72 to share co-medalist honors with Detroit Lakes’ Paul Krueger.

“It’s the same thing as it always is as far as setting goals and trying to achieve them,” Renner said.

“So it’s nice to have that objective and being able to accomplish it.”

Krueger and Renner played in the same group and both had their ups and downs throughout their round.

By the time they ended their round, with Renner taking a birdie on eight with a chip-in, they were tied.

With Renner already owning three of four Super Senior championships and Krueger the other one, the fifth Pine to Palm Super Senior tournament will be highly competitive.

“Now it will depend on the pairings, because there are some very good golfers now in match play,” Renner said.

Doug Gillund took third with a four-over par 75, which was tied with Ron Vincelli.

In fifth was Steve Sundby’s five-over 76, followed by Gene Hebl (79). Carding 80’s were Lance Brown, Don Bradford and Bruce Carlisle.

Four finished with an 81 in William Blake, Dr. Lynn Marr, Pete Lysaker and Thomas Wood.

James Wolff and Richard McConn tied for 14th with an 82, while three are playing off for two spots in Ken Riesberg, Burke Kiger and John Bartley.

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