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Super Seniors' Final 4 features past champions

It is headed by defending Supers champ and three-time medalist Chuck Renner of Phoenix, Ariz., while the 2010 Super-Seniors champion Paul Krueger also moved on.

The 2008 Pine to Palm Seniors champion Joe Sauer also has made the semifinals in his first year of competing in the Super division.

Joe Mayer of Bemidji adds to the list of champions with two Senior titles in 1994-95.

He will be looking for his first Pine to Palm Super Seniors silver trophy, after he defeated Tom Wood 3 and 2 and now will face Renner in the upper bracket.

Sauer and Krueger will face off in the bottom bracket final two.

"I moved to Super Seniors because those young 55-year-olds are getting better and better," Sauer said. "Plus, I know many of the people playing in the Super Senior division."

Sauer was even par on the back nine, which separated him and Bill Hawkins. The front nine between the two was close, but Sauer kept making par to take the advantage and win 5 and 4.

"He struggled in the traps by hitting four of them, while I avoided them altogether," Sauer said. "It would be a neat goal to win two divisions, as well."

Sauer shot a 74 for his qualifying score, a mark he has hit in the majority of his stroke play for qualifying.

The keys to making it back to championship Sunday will be getting a handle on his mental game.

"I need to get my head out of the way and not worry about my opponent," Sauer said. "One thing I did notice, though, is there isn't any difference in competition between the Seniors and Super Seniors. They are pretty even."

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