Jacobson gets weekend sweep
WILLMAR - Sixteen-year-old Tom Strandemo did his best to prevent a weekend sweep by Andy Jacobson.
He took Jacobson, nearly invincible on his home course, into sudden death before bowing out on the second extra hole at the Eagle Creek Shortstop on Sunday.
Jacobson drained a 20-foot downhill putt on No. 11 for birdie to avoid the upset. The 30-year-old Willmar insurance agent had won the Little Crow Early Bird on Saturday by five strokes.
Strandemo, who finished 10th at New London, matched Jacobson through 28 holes at Eagle Creek. Both went 69-35 for a pair of four-under par 104s, and each pared the first playoff hole.
Strandemo was sitting three on the green when Jacobson, after a long look, holed the tricky birdie putt.
Strandemo attends a boarding school in Hilton Head, S.C., which does not have a golf team. Tom's father, Guy, a Mahnomen native now working overseas, was once a regular at the Lakeland Tournament here.
Chase Thonvold and Kurt Vegdahl each shot a 109 to tie for third in a field of 41.
(1) Andy Jacobson 69-35-104 (2) Tom Strandemo 69-35-104 (3) tie, Chase Thonvold 73-36-109 and Kurt Vegdahl 74-35-109 (5) Matt Gorans 73-37-110 (6) tie, Ross Magnuson 76-35-111, Mike Schaffer 75-36-111, Tim Franzen 75-36-111 and Jeff Barney 73-38-111 (10) Mike Smith 77-35-112 (11) tie, Josh Hagstrom 74-39-113 and Scott Carruthers 77-36-113
Semifinals: Chris Meinert def. Norm Strehlow 11 holes; Mark Suedbeck def. Howie Swift 10 holes ... Championship: Meinert def. Suebeck 1-up ... Consolation: Neil Tagawa
Championship: Rod Johnson def. John Wodash 1-up
LCCC Early Bird
NEW LONDON - Andy Jacobson of Willmar sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the last hole to cap a three-under-par 105 that carried him to first place at the Little Crow Country Club Early Bird on Saturday.
In light rain, Jacobson's sure touch with the putter led to nine-hole scores of 34-36-35-105 in a 27-hole tournament. Josh Cole of New London shot 38-33-38-109 to place second. Brian Reagan was third at 110 and Chase Thonvold and Matt Gorans, both at 111, tied for fourth.
(Top 10) (1) Andy Jacobson 70-35-105 (2) Josh Cole 71-38-109 (3) Brian Reagan 71-39-110 (4) tie, Chase Thonvold 74-37-111 and Matt Gorans 74-37-111 (6) tie, Jake Latola 74-38-113 and Chris Tobkin 75-38-113 (9) Wes Rutgers 78-36-114 (10) Thomas Strandemo 79-35-114
First Flight - (1) Steve Tax 114 (2) tie, Bob Hubbert, Chris Engel 121 (4) Mike Queenan 122 (5) Morris Grudt 127
Second Flight - (1) Mike Schoffman (2) Duane Scholten (3) Gary Myhre