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Pine to Palm Mid-AM Greff topples Spriggs for title

A.J. Greff played consistently during his Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship match Sunday at the DCC. Photo By - Brian Basham

A strong start wasn't needed for A.J. Greff all week, after he made bogey on the first hole in all four of his Pine to Palm Mid-Am matches at the Detroit Country Club.

But none of those bogeys mattered to Greff, who played all the way to his first Pine to Palm championship after winning the Mid-Am title match over Fargo's Kent Spriggs 3-up.

"It was a good omen," Greff said of his auspicious starts to all of his Mid-Am matches.

"But it feels great to win the championship, because it's been a long, grueling week."

Greff, who was playing in his third Pine to Palm Tournament, rebounded on hole two with a par to bring the match back to even with Spriggs.

With a par win on hole four and a pair of birdie victories on five and seven, Greff was able to make the turn 3-up.

"After that, I was just trying to keep the ball in play," Greff added.

"I was aiming for fairways and greens and usually had just two putts on the greens."

Greff was consistent, shooting one over on each the front and back nine holes, while staying out of trouble to not allow Spriggs a chance to rally back.

"I also have to give kudos to my caddy, Larry Wenaas, who gave me some very good reads on the course," Greff said.

Greff preceded his Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship with a Seniors title during the KX Amateur Tournament in Fargo earlier in the summer.

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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.