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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
Joe Sauer of Sauk Rapids bested the field of 44 with an even par 71 to claim his first medalist honor in the Super Senior division of the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament. Sauer, a Detroit Lakes’ native and the 2008 Pine to Palm Senior champion, won by three strokes over a pair of decorated, local veterans of the division in Paul Krueger and Don Bradford, both from Detroit Lakes.
Jacob Dehne of Bismarck and Noah Lawson of Blaine held the lead after the morning session of Tuesday’s championship qualifying at the Pine to Palm and were matched by a pair of golfers in the afternoon, Nick Myhre of Rolette, N.D. and Erik Weiss from Moorhead, all with scores of four-under 67 to head to Wednesday’s medalist competition all square atop the leaderboard.
Local golfer Jason Justesen was Mr. even steven shooting matching rounds of par 71 to claim Mid-Am medalist honors at the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament Tuesday. Justesen (71-71 142) began play four strokes off the lead held by Michael Melhus of Rogers after he fired a four-under 67 Monday and held a three stroke advantage over Paul Uithoven of Bozeman, Montana and Troy Ness of Horace, N.D., going into day two of competition.
Three Detroit Lakes swimmers from varying age brackets competed and found success at major competitions last week. Tracy Pechmann, 55, placed in swimming the 800-freestyle at the National Masters Swim meet held in Minneapolis. Bruce Paakh, 60, competed and placed in five different events at the National Masters.
Golfers in Mid-AM, Seniors, Super Seniors and Flight play began the opening qualifying rounds Monday at the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament at Detroit Country Club. This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Seniors division. The Senior field has every champion from the past decade in action:A.J. Greff (2016), Keith Aasen (2015), Scott Linnerooth (2012, 2014), Tim Rubis (2010, 2013), Rob Harris (2011), T.L. Solien (2009), Joe Sauer (2008), and Jim Bergeson (2007).