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New blood goes for Mid-Am title: Spriggs and Greff ready to earn Pine to Palm silfer

AJ Greff sinks a birdie putt on the par three 8th hole during his Saturday Mid Am match against Jay Olafson. Greff knocked off the defending champion to advance to Sunday's Mid-Am final.1 / 2
Kent Spriggs looks over a birdie putt on the 2nd green during his Mid Am match against Michael Seelye Saturday.2 / 2

There will be a fresh look in the Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship, as each of Kent Spriggs and A.J. Greff will faceoff for tournament silver.

Both players will be first time players in the championship match, as each has displayed consistency throughout the week.

Greff ended Fargo's Jay Olafson's Mid-Am reign by beating the defending champion 4 and 3, basically by using the reliable par as his weapon.

"My goal was to hit fairways and greens and I did that by missing only two fairways," Greff said. "I kept the ball in play. I never really excelled on any hole, but Jay just got into trouble more."

Greff will be heading into the championship match with confidence in his driver, which in turn, will keep him out of the rough and bad spots.

Olafson ended Greff's run two years ago in the Mid-Am in the quarterfinals, so beating one of the division's top players was gratifying.

"It feels awesome to beat Jay, because he's been so very good here," Greff said. "I love playing in the Mid-Am and it's just getting tougher and tougher each year."

Spriggs' match against Detroit Lakes' Mike Seelye was much closer, in fact so close, neither golfer had more than a 1-up advantage throughout the match.

After Seelye birdied hole one, Spriggs tied it back up with a birdie of his own on two.

A two-putt birdie on five gave Spriggs a 1-up lead with four holes to go (the duo started on tee 10).

Another win on six with par put Spriggs in control as he held on to win and advance to the title match.

"Mike had a lot of putts lip out," Spriggs added. "But it feels good to be playing in the championship match. I need to keep hitting my fairways and have my putter be solid for me."

The Mid-Am championship will be at 12:40 p.m.

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