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Pine to Palm: Match play brackets set after three days of qualifying

Competitors from all divisions in the Pine to Palm golf tournament will begin match play on Thursday morning after three days of qualifying wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon.

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Nate Adams reads his putt on hole No. 5 in his second Championship Division qualifying round on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club in the Pine to Palm golf tournament.
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DETROIT LAKES – The Pine to Palm match play portion of the week begins on Thursday morning at the Detroit Country Club.

The field of 64 is set for the Championship Division, where Nate Adams will look to be the first back-to-back champion since Bill Israelson in 1977. He defeated Ben Welle, the third seed in the field, in a playoff hole to win the 2021 title.

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Ian Simonich hits from the sand next to the green on hole No. 5 in his second Championship Division qualifying round on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 at the Detroit Country Club in the Pine to Palm golf tournament.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Kyler Schwamb, a high school golfer from Farmington edged out Welle for the medalist at 9-under par in the two-day qualifiers. Jacob Skarperud and Blake Schuler tied at 7-under-par to round out the top five.
Bemidji’s Brandon Nelson made a late surge with the low round on Wednesday. After shooting even par a day earlier, Nelson finished 6-under in the second day of qualifying to earn the sixth seed in the field.

Former champion Ian Simonich held a two-stroke lead for the medalist after one day at 6-under-par before finishing in 10th place with a 1-over day two.

Detroit Lakes’ Casey Nelson paced the area talent with at 1-under-par to earn the 22nd seed. No. 32 Lukas Justesen and No. 33 Tanner Lane will face off in an all Detroit Lakes matchup in the first round after both finished 1-over-par. Perham’s Marcus Belka also finished 1-over, earning the No. 35 seed with an even-par day two.

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Detroit Lakes’ Wyatt Blomseth was the final entrant into the field at 5-over-par. He joined Regan Steen, Carson Shultis, Erik Weiss, Taylor Shuck and Blake Kahlbaugh as the final six into the field. They fended off three others in a post-qualifying playoff on Wednesday evening.

The first round of match play begins in the afternoon slate of tee times on Thursday.

Piatz claims Mid-Am medalist

Perry Piatz was one of two Mid-Am golfers to shoot under par on Wednesday, and it won him the medalist honor heading into match play.

Oxbow’s (ND) Piatz shot 1-under-par to finish 1-over in his two qualifying rounds. He had the second lowest round of the day, trailing fifth-seeded Ryan Bekkerus by a stroke. Piatz won back-to-back Mid-Am titles in 2017-18 after notching his first in 2013. He also won his first medalist honor in 2020 with a score of 145.

Michael Melhus is the defending champion, and will take on Tony Stein as the top seed on Thursday.

Spriggs paces Senior Division in qualifiers

In 2018, Kent Spriggs finished as the runner-up in the Senior Division. He can add a medalist honor to his Pine to Palm leger after shooting a 2-under-par 69 on Monday,

Spriggs beat Craig Stein by two strokes to earn the second seed in the field of 32. Bill Schommer, last year’s defending champion, is back with hopes of being the first repeat since Rob Wernick in 2000-21.

Perham’s Bob Cavanagh earned the seventh seed in the field at 3-over-par. Mike Herzog in the 28th slot rounds out the area qualifiers at 8-over-par.

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Herzog dominant in Super Senior qualifiers

The most lengthy qualifying victory came in the Super Senior Division.

Alexandria’s Steve Herzog won the medalist honor by four strokes with a 1-over-par 72. David Andrisen took third at 5-over, followed by Ronald Vincelli at 6-over. John Bartley of Audubon earned the seventh seed with a 7-over-par 78.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY 

No. 1 Nate Adams (Defending Champion) vs. No. 64 Wyatt Blomseth, 2:27 p.m. hole 1

No. 32 Lukas Justesen vs. No. 33 Tanner Lane, 12:30 p.m. hole 1

No. 16 Nick Olsgaard vs. No. 49 Will Czeh, 12:30 p.m. hole 1

No. 17 Zach Kappes vs. No. 48 Tyler Rivard, 12:30 p.m. hole 10

No. 8 Pat Dietz vs. No. 57 Jared Lentz, 12:30 p.m. hole 10

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No. 25 Joe Christianson vs. No. 40 Jack Michel, 12:39 hole 1

No. 9 Andrew Passanante vs. No. 56 Cullen Ryan, 12:39 hole 1

No. 24 Jordie Siverson vs. No. 41 Carson Skarperud, 12:39 hole 10

No 4. Jacob Skarperud vs. No. 61 Erik Weiss, 12:39 hole 10

No. 29 Saylor Kuenzel vs. No. 36 Sam Berger, 12:48 p.m. hole 1

No. 13 Jack Olson vs. No. 52 Tate Olson, 12:48 p.m. hole 1

No. 20 Jake Birdwell vs. No. 45 Carter Czichotzki, 12:57 p.m. hole 1

No. 5 Blake Schuler vs. No. 60 Taylor Shuck, 12:57 p.m. hole 1

No. 28 Dan Metheson vs. No. 37 Joshuaa Robards, 1:06 p.m. hole 1

No. 12 Torger Ohe vs. No. 53 Breck Erholtz, 1:06 p.m. hole 1

No. 21 Mason Opheim vs. No. 44 Andrew Wilhelm 1:15 p.m. hole 1

No. 2 Kyler Schwamb vs. No. 63 Regan Steen, 1:15 p.m. hole 1

No. 31 Thomas Gutzmer vs. No. 34 Gavin Argent, 2:18 p.m. hole 1

No. 15 Lincoln Cizek vs. No. 50 Aaron Shelstad, 2:18 p.m. hole 1

No. 18 Jake Dudeck vs. No. 47 Tommy Hiniker, 1:24 p.m. hole 1

No. 7 Brennan Hockman vs. No. 58 Tyler Schlotfeldt, 1:24 p.m. hole 1

No. 26 Stellan Orvick vs. No. 39 Andrew Boemer, 1:33 p.m hole 1

No. 10 Ian Simonich vs. No. 55 Casey Finnerty, 1:33 p.m. hole 1

No. 23 Mark Olson vs. No. 42 Marc Vincelli, 2:27 p.m. hole 1

No. 3 Ben Welle vs. No. 62 Carson Schultis, 2:09 p.m. hole 1

No. 30 Layton Bartley vs. No. 35 Marcus Belka, 2:09 p.m. hole 1

No. 14 Nate Deziel vs. No. 51 Koby Kuenzel, 1:42 p.m., hole 1

No. 19 Connor Holland vs. No. 46 Dan Cavanagh 1:42 p.m. hole 1

No. 6 Brandon Nelson vs. No. 59 Blake Kahlbaugh, 1:51 p.m. hole 1

No. 27 Joe Kortan vs. No. 38 Landon Olson 1:51 p.m. hole 1

No. 11 Jackson Worner vs. No. 54 Carter Justesen, 2:00 p.m. hole 1

No. 22 vs. Casey Nelson vs. Grayson Wetch, 2:00 p.m. hole 1

MID-AM CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY

No. 1 Michael Melhus (Defending Champion) vs. No. 16 Tony Stein, 8:07 a.m. hole 1

No. 8 John Benson vs. No. 9 Kevin Swenson, 8:07 a.m. hole 1

No. 4 Tyler Nelson vs. No. 13 Jayme Gronneberg, 7:58 a.m. hole 1

No. 5 Ryan Bekkerus vs. No. 12 Jake Whitham, 7:58 a.m. hole 1

No. 2 Perry Piatz vs. No. 15 Chris Daniels, 8:07 a.m. hole 10

No. 7 Mike Simonich vs. No. 10 Ryan Vincelli, 8:07 a.m. hole 10

No. 3 Todd Vincello vs. No. 14 Paul Albrecht 7:58 a.m. hole 10

No. 6 Joe Schornack vs. No. 11 Jeff Bernstrom, 7:58 a.m. hole 10

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY 

No. 1 Bill Schommer (Defending Champion) vs. No. 32 Dan Drenth, 8:50 a.m. hole 1

No. 16 Chad Niles vs. No. 17 John Jenson, 8:50 a.m. hole 1

No. 8 John Jenson vs. No. 25 Mark Ecklund, 8:43 a.m. hole 1

No. 9 Dan Brekke vs. No. 24 Jeff Henderson, 8:43 a.m. hole 1

No. 4 Jay Olafson vs. No. 29 Tim Carlson, 8:34 a.m. hole 1

No. 13 Hank Prien vs. No. 20 Wade King, 8:34 a.m. hole 1

No. 5 Ken Fronk vs. No. 28 Mike Herzog, 8:25 a.m. hole 1

No. 12 Marc Redman vs. No. 21 George Strand, 8:28 a.m. hole 1

No. 2 Kent Spriggs vs. No. 31 Kieth Aasen, 8:34 a.m. hole 10

No. 15 Collin Bork vs. No. 18 Brad Solheim, 8:34 a.m. hole 10

No. 7 Bob Cavanagh vs. No. 26 Greg Western, 8:16 a.m. hole 1

No. 10 AJ Greff vs. No. 23 Lee Erickson, 8:16 a.m. hole 1

No. 3 Craig Stein vs. No. 39 Scott O’Neil 8:25 a.m. hole 10

No. 14 Brad Ericksen vs. No. 19 Mark Norman, 8:25 a.m. hole 10

No. 6 Bill Campbell vs No. 27 John Hagge, 8:16 a.m. hole 10

No. 11 Dan Ystebo vs. No. 22 John Fugleberg 8:16 a.m. hole 10

SUPER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY 

No. 1 Rob Harris (Defending Champion) vs. No. 16 Paul Grund, 9:08 a.m. hole 10

No. 8 Steven Day vs. No. 9 Jim Brothers, 9:08 a.m. hole 10

No. 4 Ronald Vincelli vs. No. 13 Bradford Don, 8:58 a.m. hole 10

No. 5 Bob Sumada vs. No. 12 Ken Gasper 8:58 a.m. hole 10

No. 2 Steve Herzog vs. No. 15 Joe Sauer,. 8:50 a.m. hole 10

No. 7 Dan Elton vs. No. 10 Jack Easton, 8:50 a.m. hole 10

No. 3 David Andrisen vs. No. 14 Bert Olson, 8:43 a.m. hole 10

No. 6 John Bartley vs. No. 11 Tom Pratt, 8:43 a.m. hole 10

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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