Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.
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Entering the Pine to Palm at the Detroit Country Club, Tom Hoge and Clinton Boutelle had one thing in common -- they were the only two playing in the tournament as U.S. Amateur qualifiers. After Wednesday, they had another thing in common -- sharing Pine to Palm medalist honors after each finished with a 10-under par 132. Hoge's record-breaking nine-under par 62 first round qualifying score was a tough act to follow up on, as his one-under 70 proved. But even after shooting an extra eight shots for his second round of qualifying, Hoge still earned co-medalist laurels.
As a first-year Pine to Palm Senior's player in 1999, Detroit Lakes' William Blake played all the way to the championship match, before losing to Bemidji's Gerry Douglas 1-up. On his way through Senior's bracket play, Blake defeated that year's medalist Robert Wernick to stay alive. Now 10 years later, Blake will enter Senior's championship play as the division's medalist after he carded a one-over par 72 to secure a No. 2 seed for the 16-man field match play and hopes to take that one extra step he didn't take in 1999. "It feels good (to be medalist)," Blake said.
For most youths who want to get out to play a round of golf, it consists of either buying a membership or paying for a green fee, getting in the car and driving to their course of choice. But for the Smith siblings -- Karter and Kate -- a round of golf is as easy as opening up the back door. The game of golf have been at the two Smiths' fingertips since they've been very young, when their parents -- Kris and Margery -- bought the Ironman Golf Course of Detroit Lakes in 2000.
Good things come in threes. For golf-swing guru Ed Tischler, that adage has been taken to the literal sense. Tischler has perfected a golf-swing program in which if followed through to its last steps, allows the golfer to own their customized swing. The program, New Horizons Golf Approach, strays from the traditional ways of coaching a golf swing. It focuses on the individual person and their golf swing. In essence, Tischler trains a golfer through four stages and he identifies his student's swing as an individual one -- not trying to force a squared peg through a round hole.
"Don't shoot the messenger" has been an adage used by journalists when reporting controversial subjects, in essence saying the media is only reporting the facts of the story, not making them up. But with the latest saga of the long-going Brett Favre Circus, the sports reporters have committed one of the deadly sins of journalism -- they are getting involved in the story. Now, no one can or should defend Favre's drama queen ways, as been proven over and over since about 2007, when he started his annual retirement talk during the offseason.
A lack of consistency in two facets of the game of baseball hindered the Detroit Lakes Post 15 squad all season, leading to a final record of 16-23. A bevy of walks and untimely errors led to too many deficits for the Post 15 team, which didn't have enough offensive firepower to overcome them. But experience was gained by the younger players, as DL played a total of 39 games throughout its two-month schedule. "We had a lot of kids who played and who played in situations they normally would not have," said DL head coach Mitch McLeod.
Who says growth stops with age? The Pine to Palm Golf Tournament at the Detroit Country Club turns 78 years old, but it is still growing. For the second consecutive year, the Pine to Palm has added a new player's division, with the Super Senior Division starting its inaugural year as play starts Aug. 9 and runs through Aug. 15. Last year, the Mid-Amateur Division was a success, with 22 players taking part and this year, almost double will be competing in the Mid-Am.
If the 2010 season was the last one for the Lakes Area Screaming Eagles, it's not a bad way to end their three-year run. The Screaming Eagles wrapped up a 7-3 season in which they put together a dominating seven-game winning streak, before falling in the Northern Football Power League championship to Menomonie, Wis. In Lakes Area's previous two seasons, the Eagles lost in the first round of the playoffs after petering out towards the end of the regular schedule.
DETROIT LAKES - Tanner Lane's hockey career as a Detroit Lakes Laker is over. After a whirlwind of a summer -- which included getting drafted into the USHL by the Fargo Force, signing a commitment to play with Dean Blais' University of Nebraska -- Omaha and getting selected by the NHL Atlanta Thrashers -- it was time for Lane to make one more decision. Although it was a tough one, it made the most sense for Lane, as the 2009 Minnesota leading scorer decided to leave the Lakers and play for the USHL's Force.
Not much has been able to slow down Tom Hoge on the golf course the last two summers, but something finally happened which the Fargo golfing wonder couldn't overcome -- mono. Hoge missed six weeks of playing golf after being laid up from mono through the months of May and June. But in the end, even one of Mother Nature's most-potent sicknesses couldn't stop Hoge.