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Swenson versus Miller for Pine to Palm championship

Jon Miller converts a critical up-and-down on hole No. 14 in his semifinal victory over Andew Passanante. Robert Williams/Tribune

Contrasting styles of personality will meet Sunday afternoon when left-hander Chris Swenson meets right-hander Jon Miller for the 85th Pine to Palm championship.

The final pairing is scheduled to tee off at 2:45 p.m., at Detroit Country Club.

Miller gained momentum as the semifinal round went on and took his match on hole No. 17 winning 2-up over Andrew Passanante.

“I hit the ball as good as I could hit it,” said Miller.

Miller was two-under on the back nine and the turning point in the match came after back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12 to erase a 1-down deficit and turn it into a 1-up lead he held for the duration of play.

“I just applied the pressure,” Miller said. “I made some clutch five, six-footers.”

Plans are the same for the championship round.

“I’m hitting it great; it’s going to be putting. You hit every green and make a couple birdies, weather’s not that easy. It’s going to be a blast.”

CHRIS SWENSON

Swenson held a 1-up lead on Holland by overcoming short approach shots early on the back nine.

Holland evened the match on 15 and the duo took the 18th tee all-square where Holland’s drive went right landing behind a troublesome tree forcing a punch out.

Safely in the fairway, Swenson adjusted his club selection to put a safety on the green and gave himself a two-putt for the win, which he converted.

“It was into the wind, longer shot and I clubbed up twice,” said Swenson. “I got the last one there and that’s all I needed to do.”

The last meeting at the PIne to Palm between Miller and Swenson was the 2016 round of 32 where Miller won 3-2.

“The next match will be fun and I’ll see what I can do,” Swenson said. “He got me last year, so hoping I can fix it this year.”

The championship match is scheduled to tee off on hole No. 1 at 2:45 p.m.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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