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Mid-Am semis feature 2017 title rematch

A victory in Saturday's semifinals will give defending champion Perry Piatz a shot at becoming the first three-time Mid-Am champion at the Pine to Palm. Robert Williams / Tribune

Last year’s finalist Michael Melhus, the 13th seed, is the lone golfer from the bottom half of qualifying to remain in contention against the top three seeds in the Pine to Palm Mid-Am division semifinals.

Melhus defeated Detroit Lakes’ Jason Justesen 6&4 to advance and set up a rematch of last year’s championship with the current title holder Perry Piatz in Saturday’s semifinals.

Piatz dispatched of North Dakota State University women’s golf coach Matt Johnson 4&2 to stretch the Piatz tournament match winning streak to five.

DARREN HALEY

Piatz is after a division record third title.

No. 2 Scott Uithoven may have been the one golfer feeling comfortable in Friday’s heat wave. The Belden, Mississippi golfer and 2016 champ took out DL’s Aaron Burnside 3&2 in a tough day for Detroit Country Club regulars in the quarterfinals.

No. 3 Darren Haley of Bismarck was a 1-up winner over No. 6 Kevin Swenson of Fergus Falls.

Haley and Uithoven square off on hole No. 10 at 2:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Piatz and Melhus duke it out for a return trip to the finals off No. 1 at the same time.

Mid-Am quarterfinal results

1 Perry Piatz (4&2) 8 Matthew Johnson

13 Michael Melhus (6&4) 5 Jason Justesen

2 Scott Uithoven (3&2) 7 Aaron Burnside

3 Darren Haley (1-up) 6 Kevin Swenson

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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