Super Seniors champion Tim Rubis has collected hardware at the Pine to Palm before and is a familiar face and name around the week of the tournament every year except for 2018.

Rubis had a stroke around the time of last season's tournament and did not know if he would ever golf competitively at Detroit Country Club again.

"Fortunately God said you're not going to be hurt bad, so here I am. I really enjoy this and I'm thankful for it, the staff and the way we get treated here," Rubis said during the post-tournament awards ceremony.

Doug Gillund gave Rubis a scare in the quarterfinals as the duo played 21 holes to decide a winner. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the new champion winning 4&3 in the championship final much like his other two elimination matches.

Andrisen took the first lead on hole No. 2 but it evaporated on the par-2, third hole. Rubis took the fourth hole to go 1-up, built his lead to 3-up and held it to a victory on the 16th green.

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Dan Ystebo gives his putt some body English on the first green during the Seniors championship against Mark Norman. Robert Williams / Tribune
Dan Ystebo gives his putt some body English on the first green during the Seniors championship against Mark Norman. Robert Williams / Tribune

Ystebo collects second Seniors title in three years

Fargo's Dan Ystebo has reached the semifinals three straight years in Seniors play notching two titles after defeating the upset-minded No. 16-seed Mark Norman 3&2 in Sunday's final.

Ystebo led the entirety of the match, aside from a win on the par-4, sixth hole for Norman to pull all-square.

Norman made an impressive run after grabbing the last qualifying spot taking out defending champion Craig Stein, No. 9 George Theisen and No. 12 John Berg of Detroit Lakes in the semifinals.

Ystebo's stiffest challenge came from Resorters Seniors champion Steve Herzog going to the 19th hole to decide the match. The two-time champion also defeated AJ Greff in the semis in a rematch of the 2016 championship match.

Ystebo was the medalist and only Seniors golfer to shoot under par during qualifying (-2).

Scott Uithoven of Belden, Mississippi is an annual threat to the top of the Mid-Am board and won his second title in four years Sunday at the Pine to Palm. Robert Williams / Tribune
Scott Uithoven of Belden, Mississippi is an annual threat to the top of the Mid-Am board and won his second title in four years Sunday at the Pine to Palm. Robert Williams / Tribune

Uithoven Mid-Am champ for second time

Scott Uithoven returned to the winner's circle in Mid-Am play and barely saw the last four holes of the back nine in completing a four-match streak in impressive fashion Sunday at Detroit Country Club.

No. 4 Uithoven's march through the field included a 6&5 victory over No. 13 Korey Lorenz, a 6&5 win over No. 5 Matt Parker, a 5&4 exit against No. 8 James Ford and a 4&2 win in the finals over No. 2 Jake Witham.

Witham held a two-hole lead through the first six holes before Uithoven evened at the par-4, seventh and took the lead for good on the par-3, eighth hole.

Mid-Am was the only division to have a medalist that did not also win the championship. Chaska's Darin Nelson shot rounds of 71 and 75 (146) to defeat Witham, Uithoven and Fergus Falls' Kevin Swenson by one stroke.

Uithoven's resume at the Pine to Palm includes Mid-Am medalist honors 2014-15, 2018, runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2018 and titles in 2016 and 2019.

In other awards during the week, Ryan Vincelli, Dan Elton and Dave Cameron were honored for 25 years at the tournament. The Legacy Award winner was Ken Riesberg.