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Cavanagh burns his way to Mid-Am Final 4

Bob Cavanagh of Perham watches his drive on the par four 11th hole during Friday’s Mid Am match play. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

In most matches, Jay Olafson’s game Friday would have been good enough to advance him to the Pine to Palm Mid-Am semifinals, but unfortunately for the two-time champion, his quarterfinal match-up with Perham’s Bob Cavanaugh was not that match.

Cavanagh won the battle of the birdies in the Mid-Am quarterfinals to beat Olafson 6 and 5, after he finished with a six-under par score.

“Everything was going well for me,” Cavanagh said. “My short game was good, my putting, and my driving. I was up and down out of three bunkers.

“It was one of my better rounds in quite some time.”

Olafson shot well, too, making four birdies, but it wasn’t good enough to quell Cavanagh’s hot streak.

Cavanagh was good right out of the gates and held a 4-up advantage at the turn. By then his stroke was on cue and he rolled the rest of the way.

This is Cavanagh’s third Mid-Am tournament, with the rest of his time over the last 20-plus years playing in the championship field.

He made the semifinals last year, as well, and looks to better that this time around.

“I just need to get better every day,” Cavanagh said. “I know I probably won’t match what I did today, but I am definitely going to try and keep it going.”

Cavanagh’s next opponent will be medalist Scott Uithoven, who beat Marc Redman 1-up Friday.

In the upper bracket, defending champion Perry Piatz downed Keith Aasen 1-up in 19 holes, while Kent Spriggs toppled Tim Carlson 5 and 3.

The semifinal foursome will tee off at 12:49 p.m. on the first tee.

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