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Andy Jacobson slugs his drive on No. 14 at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar on Sunday afternoon. The six-time Lakeland Tournament champion took a par 4 on the hole, ending a streak of four straight birdies on the way to shooting 30 on the final nine. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Golf: Jacobson blows away field to win sixth Lakeland

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Golf: Jacobson blows away field to win sixth Lakeland
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — If the 84th Lakeland Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Course was an election, the challengers might have wisely conceded to the incumbent by midnight.

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Andy Jacobson filed a 27-hole score of 102 on Saturday for a seven-stroke lead on the field. He followed that on a windy, blue-bird Sunday with a 103. That added up to a 205, which is a whopping 11-under par.

Danny Anderson, who finished the runner-up to Jacobson a second straight year, finished three-over par at 219.

Anderson, who trailed by seven strokes after Jacobson’s Saturday blitz, must have known the dye was cast. Last year he summed up Jacobson’s fifth Lakeland championship this way: “You don’t catch Andy; you need to get out in front.”

Jacobson, who won with a 212 last year, deployed his driver, wedge and putter to crush the shorter back nine each time with scores of 33, 33 and 30 — 12 under. His fronts were 36 and a one-over 37 on Sunday. The 14-stroke winning spread is surely among the greatest in the venerable tournament’s long history.

It was his sixth Lakeland win in nine attempts beginning in 2006. He’s now just one short of John Spreiter’s seven wins.

Pete Hannig placed third with a 225 with 2012 champ Rick Frieberg of Monticello in fourth at 226. Chuck West, the fifth man in the final fivesome, shot 228 for fifth-place money. West is from Victoria and a St. Cloud State spring graduate who played at No. 2 and 3 for the Huskies squad that won the Northern Sun Conference title this spring.

He marveled at Jacobson’s concentration, even when the frontrunner had no worries.

“You could tell he wanted every shot and putt,” said West. “He just missed his chip for an eagle on No. 17 and a birdie putt on the last hole from 25 feet, or so, just missed.”

In the 16-player Seniors Match Play Tournament, John Hagge of Fergus Falls won here for the second time. In a terrific final, he defeated Howie Swift in the championship match on the 21st hole with a par on No. 12. Hagge’s other win here was also in OT but versus Norm Strehlow.

Hagge defeated John Gust in the quarterfinals. Gust, also from Fergus Falls, is the 1978 Lakeland champion who hadn’t played the course again until this weekend.

Isaac Armitage defeated Stevin Carlson 3-and-1 in the Select Flight title match.

Shawn Bohlsen finished first and Nate Boie second in Sunday’s 18-hole medal round for non-qualifiers for Sunday’s Championship.

The Championship paid through seven places starting with $350 for first and $250 for second.

Jacobson also won Saturday’s match-play putting contest. Boie was second.

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

(1) Andy Jacobson           102-73-30—205

(2) Danny Anderson       109-75-35—219

(3) Peter Hannig               110-75-40—225

(4) Rick Frieberg               220-78-38—226

(5) Chuck West 114-75-39—228

(6) Eric Means   116-76-39—231

(7) Hunter Mottinger     118-78-37—233

Matt Gorans      118-75-40—233

(8) Derek Hasselberg      120-79-38—237

(9) Roque Arcilla               117-83-40—240

(10) Aric Harrier                123-79-40—242

Jason Ronstad   122-81-39—242

(12) Bart Bradford            123-78-42—243

(13) Josh Dooley               120-85-41—246

(14) Anthony Stern         123-85-WD

Mark Bonnema 123-WD (injury)

SENIORS FLIGHT

Quarterfinals – Jon Gust def. Neil Tagawa; John Hagge def. Dave Nelson 3-up; Howie Swift def. Brian Berget 3&2; Norm Strehlow def. Josh Wodash 4&3

Semifinals – Hagge def. Gust 5&4; H. Swift def. Strehlow 4&5

Final – Hagge def. H. Swift 21 holes

Consolation – Berget def. Nelson 3&2

SELECT FLIGHT

Quarterfinals – Jim Anderson def. Josh Mead 5&4; Stevin Carlson def. Eric Swift, 19 holes; Dave Bredeson def. Tyler Johson 3-up; Isaac Armitage def. Tom Anderson 3&1

Semifinals – J. Anderson def. Carlson 3&1; Armitage def. Bredeson 4&3

Final – Armitage def. J. Anderson 3&1

Consolation – T. Anderson def. E. Swift 2-up

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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