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Pine to Palm Seniors - Linnerooth is Seniors champ

Scott Linnerooth sinks a putt during the Pine to Palm Seniors championship Sunday. Photo By - Brian Basham

A string of wins on holes nine through 12 secured Scott Linnerooth's first Pine to Palm Seniors championship Sunday at the Detroit Country Club.

Linnerooth made three birdies and a par during his streak to take a commanding 4-up lead on runner-up Spencer Clark and eventually win 3 and 1.

The golfer from Bozeman, Mont., is a 31-year Pine to Palm competitor and before this tournament had not won a title or even medalist honors.

He did both this week, after earning co-medalist laurels along with Fargo's Tim Rubis, with an even par 71.

"It feels good," Linnerooth said of his Seniors sweep.

"It was a great time playing with Spencer and the consolation group we played with today. It's also a bonus I don't have to qualify next year."

Linnerooth started his Seniors trek with a 2 and 1 win over Lute Simley, then defeated Don Nelson handily 5 and 3.

The showdown of the co-medalists went down Saturday, as Linnerooth defeated Rubis in a close match.

In the title match, Linnerooth broke a tie after eight by winning nine, 11 and 12 by birdie, while making par on 10 for a 4-up margin.

"I had some good shots and made several shots close to the hole," Linnerooth added. "My putter also was working out well this week."

Defending champion Rob Harris was beaten by Clark in the semifinals.

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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.