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Mid-Am to enter 10th year of play at Pine to Palm

Perry Piatz is the defending Mid-Am champion after picking up his second title (2013) in August of 2017. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Mid-Am division of the Pine to Palm golf tournament made its debut in 2009 and celebrates 10 years of play at the 86th annual tournament this year.

Jay Olafson was the first Mid-Am champion defeating Kent Fronk 3&2. Olafson rebounded from getting into a mess of trees on hole No. 11, but responded with three straight hole victories to go 2-up and finished the match on hole No. 16. The win was the first of two for Olafson (2011).

Of the nine previous Mid-Am tournaments, three winners have won twice. Kent Spriggs (2014-2015) and Perry Piatz have also captured two crowns. Piatz is the defending champion this year and won his first in 2013.

JAY OLAFSON -  File photo

The inaugural medalist was Otis Hesteness (72-73 145). Hesteness was a member of the Detroit Country Club ground crew at the time. He reached the semifinals of match play before falling to Olafson 2-up.

Olafson was defeated in the 2010 finals by Chad Niles negating a possible three-peat to start the division’s play. Olafson was also the 2013 runner-up to Piatz.

A.J. Greff was the 2012 winner. Greff also swept medalist and championship finishes in the 2016 Senior division and was the Senior runner-up last year.

Scott Uithoven captured the 2016 Mid-Am title and is a two-time medalist (2014-15).

Mid-Am History

(Year, Champion, Runner-Up, Medalist)

2017, Perry Piatz, Michael Melhus, Jason Justesen

2016, Scott Uithoven, Matt Johnson, Jim Mikkelson and JT Johnson

2015, Kent Spriggs, Scott Uithoven, Scott Uithoven

2014, Kent Spriggs, Bob Cavanagh, Scott Uithoven

2013, Perry Piatz, Jay Olafson, Kent Spriggs

2012, A.J. Greff, Kent Spriggs, Mike Seelye

2011, Jay Olafson, Duane Siverson, Kent Fronk

2010, Chad Niles, Jay Olafson, Duane Siverson

2009, Jay Olafson, Kent Fronk, Otis Hesteness

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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