Golf: Jacobson claims Eagle Creek Early Bird with record score
WILLMAR — The weather was splendid Sunday, the type of day along the 45th parallel anglers, ballplayers, gardeners and golfers cherish in late spring.
It certainly loosened up Andy Jacobson who blazed to an Eagle Creek Early Bird record score of 98, or 10 strokes below par for the 27-hole tournament.
His nines were 33, 33 and 32. The reigning MGA Players’ Match-Play champion cut 13 strokes off his Saturday score at the Little Crow Country Club Shortstop, where he said he played decently but just couldn’t score in a cold north wind under a grey sky.
But it was all blue sky and green grass for 26 golfers in the championship flight, plus flights.
Danny Anderson played in the final foursome and finished second with a 105, a score that would have won in many years.
“It was fun to watch,” said Anderson, who had the previous Early Bird low-score of 99 in 2004. “If you’re going to lose, you want to lose to great golf.”
Jacobson’s wedge and putter play, his major strength, were dead-on, and obviously he avoided trouble. His 27 holes were all 3s and 4s with a deuce and two 5s, both pars. He missed a five-foot putt for 31 on the last hole.
“I was frustrated yesterday,” said Jacobson of Saturday’s outcome. “I had a bad taste. I was focused for today.”
He saluted Jon Hanner of St. Paul, Saturday’s LCCC champion with a 104. He shot 110 at the Willmar course tying for fourth with Pete Hannig.
“That was a phenomenal score in those conditions,” he said of Hanner’s four-under at Little Crow. “It’s terrific he comes out here to play; he’s definitely one of the better golfers in the state.”
Matt Gorans finished third at 109; Shawn Bohlsen and Pete Anvik also finished in the money tied at 111.
Jacobson defends his Players Championship beginning June 24 at Interlachen Country Club.
(1) Andy Jacobson 33-33-32-98 (2) Danny Anderson 68-37-105 (3) Matt Gorans 72-37-109 (T-4) Pete Hannig 76-34-110, Jon Hanner 75-35-110 (T-6) Shawn Bohlsen 74-37-111, Pete Anvik 71-40-111 (T-8) Chad Pendell 73-40-113, Jim Anderson 76-37-113 (10) Bart Bradford 79-36-115 … Josh Hagstrom 116, Tom Warzecha 116, Chris Tobkin 117, Tim Franzen 117, Anthony Stern 118, Jon Kreps 123, Josh South 125, Eddie Orzonia 126, Tyler Johnson 123, Cory Erickson 123, Nathan Boie 130, Stevin Carlson 131, Cody Larson 133
Seniors – Tom Dooley def. John Hagge 1-up
1st Flight – Al Dennard def Dave Bredeson 4-3
2nd Flight – Kasey Van Heuveln def. Stan Carlson 1-up