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Only three top 10 qualifiers remain in the Pine to Palm championship field after a day of exciting matches late in the day and nerve-wracking extra holes to narrow the bracket to quarterfinalists Friday at Detroit Country Club No. 6 Grady Meyer has been posting big birdie days and has advanced quickly through two matches taking out No. 27 Mason Fiddle 5&4.
Only one of the top five Senior qualifiers remain in the field after four quick victories for winners in Friday’s quarterfinal matches at the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament. AJ Greff holds the top seed and had one of the tougher matchups in the second round in a battle of the last two champions with Keith Aasen. Greff prevailed 4&3 over Aasen, seeded eighth. It's the sixth consecutive match victory for Greff.
Justesen wins local battle
Only two men have won the Pine to Palm Super Senior championship and six-time winner Chuck Renner and inaugural champion Paul Krueger will square off Friday in the division’s semifinal round at Detroit Country Club.
A pair of top five qualifiers were upset in the opening round of 64 golfers during the first day of championship match play at Detroit Country Club, host to the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament. Alan Spriggs had the biggest upset of the day advancing as the 61st seed with a 2&1 victory over No. 4 Dax Wallat. Spriggs was matched in his effort by Brennan Hockman, seed-60, who duked it out with No. 5 Bill Carlson in a marathon match.
Detroit Lakes’ Aaron Burnside bucked the trend of favorites winning in the first round of Mid-Am match play Thursday at the Pine to Palm. No. 9 Burnside defeated No. 8 Todd Wawers in the only upset of a higher seed winning 3&1 to set up an all-Detroit Lakes’ quarterfinal with the top seed and medalist Jason Justesen.
Defending champion AJ Greff and No. 8 seed Keith Aasen both advanced to set up the marquee matchup in Pine to Palm Seniors quarterfinals Friday. Greff defeated No. 16 Brad Solheim 5&3 to move on, while Aasen, the 2015 champ, took out No. 9 Joe Doughty 1-up. Greff and Aasen last played in the 2016 Senior final with Greff clinching his first title 2&1.
Top seeds played out in every match but one of the opening round of Super Seniors match play Thursday at the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament. Six-time defending champion Chuck Renner extended his tournament match winning streak to 25 victories with a 1-up win over No. 16 Scott Peters.
With defending champion AJ Greff and co-medalists George Strand and Thomas Solein waiting in the wings, five golfers battled for the final two qualifying positions in PIne to Palm Senior division play, breaking the tie in a two-hole playoff late Wednesday. Jon Berg of Detroit Lakes, Brad Ericksen of Eden Prairie, Ron Burnside of Colorado Springs, John Hagge of Fergus Falls and Waconia’s Brad Solheim squared off on hole No. 1.
NDSU golfers populate the top 10 of the championship division