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Melhus, Schommer, Harris capture Pine to Palm division titles

Michael Melhus won his first Mid-Am championship, as did Bill Schommer in Seniors. Rob Harris' Super title gives him two in separate divisions with a 2011 Seniors title to his credit.

Mid-Am champion Michael Melhus tees off on the seventh hole at Detroit Country Club Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune

Michael Melhus, Bill Schommer and Rob Harris won their respective division championships at the Pine to Palm Sunday, Aug. 15.

Melhus made a late comeback to capture the Mid-Am title.

When the championship division semifinals began Sunday morning, the brothers Melhus, Michael and Greg, had a rare opportunity to bring home two individual championships.

"DCC means the world to me," Michael said in his trophy acceptance speech. "We've both been lucky enough to have bought cabins here in the past few years and the reason we bought cabins here is because this tournament and Detroit Lakes hold such a special place in our hearts. This is a special tournament and means the world to us."


Brothers Greg, left, and Michael Melhus finished off an impressive run at this year's Pine to Palm with both making it to championship Sunday at Detroit Country Club. Robert Williams / Tribune

Greg battled eventual Pine to Palm tournament champion Nate Adams in the semifinals, squaring the match at the eighth and 10th holes, but could not get past the NDSU sophomore for a shot at the finals.

Michael looked to be dealt a similar fate trailing Jake Witham by two holes after the 16th, but a par-3 at the 17th hole, and another par at the 18th evened the match and forced extra holes on back-to-back Witham bogeys.

Mid-Am runner-up Jake Witham. Robert Williams / Tribune

Melhus threw down a birdie at the par-5 first hole to win in 19 and finish off an incredible comeback for his first Mid-Am championship.

The match was tight through the opening nine. Melhus had the only lead on holes six and seven after a birdie at the par-4 sixth. Witham took advantage of a Melhus double at the par-3 eighth to square the match and led by two at the 10th after birdying the ninth hole.

Melhus made his second Mid-Am title match appearance. He was the runner-up to three-time champion Perry Piatz in 2017.


Seniors champion Bill Schommer blasts out of the right trap at the ninth hole after an excellent approach shot through the trees from the left rough during Sunday's championship match. Robert Williams / Tribune

In the Seniors division, Schommer led early by a hole to the fifth before Olson flipped the lead with a birdie at the sixth and par at the seventh. The match went to the turn even after an Olson bogey to Schommer’s par at the ninth.

Seniors runner-up Bert Olson. Robert Williams / Tribune

A bogey at the 10th had Schommer trailing by one hole before squaring the match with birdie at the par-5, 12th. Olson immediately responded with a birdie three at the 13th, but bogeyed the par-4, 14th hole and the two were tied again.

Schommer finished par, birdie, par to end the match on the 17th green 2&1. His win was his first at the Pine to Palm.


Super Seniors champion Rob Harris watches his putt at the ninth hole on his way to capturing his second championship at Pine to Palm and his first in the Supers division. Robert Williams / Tribune

Harris made it three-for-three with comebacks in all three finals.

Dan Elton was coming off a run to the finals at Resorters in Alexandria last week and continued his hot play looking for his first Super Seniors championship at the Pine.

Elton grabbed the lead with a birdie at the par-5, first hol and built it to 3-up by the seventh, giving one back to make the turn up two.

Super Seniors runner-up Dan Elton. Robert Williams / Tribune

That advantage disappeared after back-to-back bogeys at 10 and 11 before both players missed opportunities at the 12th recording matching doubles.

Harris got his first lead of the match at the 13th with par four, but Elton was quick to square with a par at the 14th.

The match was deadlocked to 18th tee box, where Harris won the match on the final hole with an impressive birdie on a green that was denying many birdie putts all week.

Harris captured his first Super Seniors championship to go with a 2011 Seniors division title and championship division medalist honors earned in 1994.

Read more Pine to Palm stories from this year's tournament by Robert Williams here .

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