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Uithoven Mid-Am medalist for third time

Scott Uithoven became the first three-time Mid-Am medalist winning by four strokes Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the 86th Pine to Palm. Robert Williams / Tribune

Scott Uithoven is the only multiple medalist in a decade of Mid-Am play at the Pine to Palm tournament and notched his third top qualifying finish in the past five years winning by four strokes Tuesday.

Uithoven led the entirety of both rounds building on a two-stroke lead after the opening day of play finishing one-under par 141 (70-71).

Uithoven was the 2015 runner-up and champion in 2016 and will be seeded second behind the defending champion Perry Piatz.


Darren Haley of Bismarck (72-73 145) and Ben Jurgens of Fergus Falls (72-74 146) finished a stroke apart after a tie at two strokes back after day one.

Detroit Lakes’ Jason Justesen (150) and Aaron Burnside (151) qualified fifth and seventh, respectively. Kevin Swenson of Fergus Falls, father of Pine to Palm defending champion Chris Swenson, is in between - seeded sixth after shooting 151.

North Dakota State University women’s head golf coach Matthew Johnson rounded out the top half of the field seeded eighth shooting a two-day score of 154.


The bottom half of the field consists of only three golfers from Minnesota in Hawley’s Shawn Justesen seeded 10th, Michael Melhus of Rogers 13th and the 16-seed Frank Campbell of Lake Elmo who broke a three-way tie to nab the final spot (159) over Fargo’s Brady Opheim and Trevor Opheim.

Campbell faces two-time and defending champion Piatz in the first round of match play beginning Thursday, Aug. 9. Piatz has a shot at becoming the first three-time Mid-Am champion. He shares two titles (2013, 2016) with Jay Olafson (2009, 2011) and Kent Spriggs (2014-15).

Paul Uithoven of Bozeman, Montana is the nine-seed, Fargo’s Chad Ransom is 11th, followed by Brian Mahoney of Reiles Acres, North Dakota 12th. Todd Wawers and Jon Studsrud, both from Fargo, are at 14 and 15, respectively.

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First match play round, Thursday, Aug. 9

Perry Piatz (1) vs. Frank Campbell (16)

Matthew Johnson (8) vs. Paul Uithoven (9)

Ben Jurgens (4) vs. Michael Melhus (13)

Jason Justesen (5) vs. Brian Mahoney (12)

Scott Uithoven (2) vs. Jon Studsrud (15)

Aaron Burnside (7) vs. Shawn Justesen (10)

Darren Haley (3) vs. Todd Wawers (14)

Kevin Swenson (6) vs. Chad Ransom (11)

Final qualifying results

1 Perry Piatz Oxbow Defending champ

2 Scott Uithoven Belden, MS 70-71 141

3 Darren Haley Bismarck 72-73 145

4 Ben Jurgens Fergus Falls 72-74 146

5 Jason Justesen DL 75-75 150

6 Kevin Swenson Fergus Falls 76-75 151

7 Aaron Burnside DL 74-77 151

8 Matthew Johnson West Fargo 79-75 154

9 Paul Uithoven Bozeman, MT 80-76 156

10 Shawn Justesen Hawley 79-77 156

11 Chad Ransom Fargo 81-76 157

12 Brian Mahoney Reiles Acres, ND 82-75 157

13 Michael Melhus Rogers 81-77 158

14 Todd Wawers Fargo 79-79 158

15 Jon Studsrud Fargo 79-79 158

16 Brady Opheim Fargo 77-82 159

17 Frank Campbell Lake Elmo 78-81 159

18 Trevor Opheim Fargo 79-80 159

19 Josh Hagelstrom Fargo 79-81 160

20 Jay Bartley Fargo 77-83 160

21 Brian Halvorson Mayville 78-84 162

22 David Soutor Minnetonka 81-82 163

23 Marty Fiala Fargo 80-83 163

24 Eric King Marietta, GA 80-87 167

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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