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Once a worker, now a semifinalist, Sundby plays on

Super Senior Steve Sundby of Detroit Lakes rolls in a short putt on the par four 10th green Friday. Sundby beat Thomas Wood 3 and 2 to advance to the semi finals. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

For over 20 years, Detroit Lakes’ Steve Sundby enjoyed the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament as a volunteer, running the ball spotter crew throughout the week.

For his efforts, Sundby was awarded the Rutledge Award in 2008, which honors those who have put in longevity, promotion, service and sportsmanship.

After retiring his Pine to Palm duties three years ago, Sundby was able to experience the tournament from the other side as a player and it’s paying dividends.

Sundby advanced to the Super Senior semifinals after rallying over Thomas Wood to win 3 and 2.

The retired DLHS teacher found himself down three holes at the turn, so he started to put some urgency in the back nine and it started early.

“I had a sand save on 10 and made a short, downhill putt which helped me gain some momentum,” Sundby said. “I was driving the ball so well on the back nine and I just took it one hole at a time.”

The two halved the hole on 11, but Sundby was able to take birdie on 12 and took par on 13 for the win. He went for back-to-back wins on 14 and 15, while a tie on 16 ended the match.

“It’s a dream come true to play in the Pine to Palm,” Sundby said.

Next up for Sundby will be Super Senior co-medalist and three-time champion Chuck Renner, who was a 6 and 4 winner over Lance Brown.

“I’m just going to have to play my game against Chuck, who I’ve played with a bit this summer,” Sundby said. “I can’t get wrapped up in what Chuck is doing, because then I could be in trouble. He is a good golfer.”

In the bottom bracket quarterfinals, Don Bradford beat James Wolff 3 and 2, while Dr. Lynn Marr down Ronald Vincelli 2 and 1.

The Super Seniors semifinal tee time will be at 12:47 p.m. off of tees one and 10.

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