The Pine to Palm Super Seniors division is no stranger to streaks and David Andrisen put together his seventh straight match victory Saturday, Aug. 10 defeating William Kahle of Maple Grove 4&3 to reach the championship finals looking for two consecutive titles.
"I hit my driver pretty straight for the most part," Andrisen said. "My putting was really good also."
The two players had opposing starts and Andrisen took advantage early winning holes with pars while Kahle tried to find a rhythm in his game.
Last year's champion Andrisen led by five after the first six holes, but Kahle responded with three hole victories in a row to close the gap.
"I got into trouble a couple times and let him back in it," said Andrisen.
His finals opponent will be Pine to Palm stalwart Tim Rubis, this year's medalist and a two-time champion in Seniors play.
Rubis defeated Thomas Wood of Pelican Rapids 5&3 to qualify for his first Supers championship match.
The Rubis victory sets up an all-North Dakota final with Rubis hailing from Fargo and Andrisen from Bismarck.
"I'm just going to keep playing how I have been, hit it and go get it," said Andrisen.
Super Seniors tee off first on championship Sunday beginning at 11:20 a.m.
Norman aiming at full upset run to Seniors title
Mark Norman of Chesterfield, Missouri, the 16th seed in Seniors play, has taken down a higher seed (1, 9, 12) in each of his matches and looks to complete the run against No. 2 Dan Ystebo in Sunday's final.
Norman's latest victory spoiled the chances of a hometown champion in a 4&2 semifinals victory over Detroit Lakes' John Berg Saturday.
Norman opened match play by defeating defending champion Craig Stein. Seniors has not had a back-to-back champion since Robert Wernick last completed the feat in 2000 and 2001.
In the 53 years of Seniors play, seven players have repeated with all but Wernick's second time coming in the 20th century: Ed Printz 1968-70, Don Sarenpa 1975-76, Harold Erickson 1978-79, Rodney Adolph 1988-89, Bill Swanston 1991-92, Joe Mayer 1994-95 and Wernick 1996-97, 2000-01.
Norman, the 1981 Pine to Palm champion faces a recent Seniors titleholder in Fargo's Dan Ystebo (2017).
Ystebo, this year's medalist, defeated AJ Greff 2&1 Saturday in a rematch of the 2017 final.
Greff was the last Seniors player to sweep qualifying and match play doing so in 2016.
Uithoven after second Mid-Am championship
Belden, Mississippi's Scott Uithoven is no stranger to the top of the Mid-Am division making his fourth appearance in the finals in the past five years.
The 2016 champion and last year's runner-up has had little trouble advancing this year winning his first two matches 6&5 before taking down No. 8 James Ford 5&4 in the semis.
His opponent will be Jake Witham of Roseville. Witham will make his championship match debut after eliminating No. 6 Darren Haley of Bismarck 2-up Saturday.
Both Uithoven and Witham shot matching scores of 147 in qualifying.