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As it turns out, golf isn't meant to be played in the water. The all-day rain at the Detroit Country Club cut short the majority of Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship match play Thursday, with some matches already out of hand and others very close. The top two seeds survived as defending champion Jay Olafson downed No. 16 seed Brad Solheim 6 and 5, while medalist and Concordia College head men and women's golf coach Duane Siverson outlasted Miles Schacher 2-up with three holes to go.
No seed was safe in the Pine to Palm Senior championship match play, as the top two seeds were eliminated Thursday. But the losses were affected by timing -- bad for the losers and good for the winners. Due to inclement weather which plagued the Detroit Country Club all morning and afternoon long, every morning match was cut short after a couple of long rain delays. Senior medalist record-breaker John Stromstad couldn't repeat his magnificent qualifying performance, where he shot a six-under par 65 to eclipse Robert Wernick's 1999 mark of 68.
Ted Hatlen has seen many different things during the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament and the addition of the Super Seniors Division is a very welcomed one by the longtime tourney player. Even though the first -ever Super Seniors match play round was partially wiped out by stormy weather, the feeling is mutual of the newly created division among the elders of the Pine to Palm as there were 26 entrants, a solid number in the first year.
There was a lot of silver lining in some stormy clouds in Becker Thursday during the Class 1A state boys' golf meet. Or should that be golden lining? Hornet sophomore Beau Hanson won Frazee's first-ever state golf championship, after he clinched the Class 1A individual title Thursday with a one-under par 71. It just came in an unusual way. After carding a one-under par 71 in the first round of the meet Wednesday at the Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, day-two action was lost due to severe thunderstorms.
A valuable lesson was learned by the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team Thursday during the Class 2A state meet at the Ridges of Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan. Play the first day like it's your last one. The Lakers finished in fifth place after having to use their first-day score of 315 when Thursday's session was lost due to severe thunderstorms. DL was making a push on Orono -- which ultimately won the state title with a 292 -- picking up 16 strokes on them and down only six when the meet was called. But some golfers were on hole 11 and others on hole 16.
A crowd was gathered around the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course's holding pond near the 18th green to watch the Class 2A championship Minnewaska girls' team do the traditional jump into the algae-thick water. Included in that crowd were the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team, holding their heads high as well, after finishing third in the state with a score of 726. That trip into the Ridges at Sand Creek pond is one the Lakers want to make one day, but for now, they are more than happy and proud for taking state bronze this year.
A precarious start to Chuck Renner's Super Senior qualifying round Wednesday, made him to think about Detroit Lakes' other big attraction -- fishing. Three straight bogeys started Renner's round, which led him to start thinking what type of bait he should use on the lake Thursday. Luckily for Renner, instead he started trying to correct his swing and it worked to near perfection, as he recovered from his three-over par start to win the first-ever Super Senior's medalist laurels with a two-over 73. "The start was pretty pathetic," Renner said.
The Pine to Palm has a new Senior's medalist record after Bismarck's John Stromstad shattered the old mark with his six-under par 65. And he credits his strong play to the shiny part of his golf ball. Stromstad's 65 eclipsed Robert Wernick's three-over par 68, which he set in 1999, and it's all due to a little tip former University of Minnesota golfer and instructor Perry Andrisen gave him this summer. "This July 1, Perry gave me the best tip I ever received in my 50 years of playing golf," Stromstad said. "He told me to see the shiny part of the golf ball and keep my eye on it.
Concordia College men's and women's golf coach Duane Siverson is practicing what he preaches. Siverson did what he always does when out on the links during his two qualifying rounds for the Mid-Amateur Division in the Pine to Palm Tournament, Monday and Tuesday at the Detroit Country Club -- he made pars. Siverson -- who also was Concordia's men's basketball coach for 17 years -- played for par, and it was more than good enough to earn Mid-Am medalist honors with a final two-under par 140, after shooting an even 71 Monday and two-under 69 Tuesday.
Even a deluge of rain Tuesday, during the first day of qualifying for the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament at the Detroit Country Club, couldn't cool off Wade Walters' game. After a heavy downpour late in the first round caused about an hour's delay, Walters restarted his game by making eagle on hole six on a five-foot putt, and capped his five-under par round with a birdie on seven and a pair of pars on eight and nine to finish on top of the field of 178 golfers with a five-under par 66. "The greens were soft (with the rain) and I was able to attack the pins," Walters said of his game.