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Jacobson wins another Eagle Creek title

<b>Rand Middleton</b> Andy Jacobson eyes his drive on No. 18, the 27th hole of the Eagle Creek Golf Club Stroke Play Championship Sunday. He won by two strokes.

WILLMAR -- Andy Jacobson, Jean Larson and Norm Strehlow captured stroke-play championships on Sunday at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Jacobson now holds title to three Eagle Creek Championships. The insurance agent also won the Lakeland Tournament a second straight year in June and last August took first in the club's match-play championships.

Larson won a close 18-hole match with Lori Jacobson. Larson shot 39-38-77 to Jacobson's 41-38-79. Jacobson shot the same score as a year ago when she was runner-up to Chelsa Dooley, who did not defend.

Norm Strehlow shot a 78 to edge runner-up Ken Warzecha by two strokes in the Senior Open. Strehlow also won the Senior division of the Lakeland.

In the Men's 27-hole tournament, Jacobson never faltered. He shot a 71 in the morning and topped it off with a 34 on the back nine for a three-under par 105.

Mitch Warzecha and Matt Gorans, who played in Sunday afternoon's final threesome, gave chase but Jacobson never had a spin out.

Jacobson began the last nine holes with a two stroke lead on both.

"You can't let him get up on you; that's the key," said Gorans, who lost to Jacobson in a playoff at the Lakeland.

Jacobson started the last nine with a two stroke lead on both his playing partners.

Warzecha, the 2008 champion with a 103, was within a stroke after Jacobson bogeyed No. 15. But he gave it right back on the short par 3 16th hole when it took him two putts to hole out after blasting from the sand in the left bunker.

Warzecha, a 24-year-old business college student, matched Jacobson's 34 on the back.

Gorans, playing well tee to green but was unable to make any big putts down the stretch.

With a par 36 he fell into a tie for third at 109 with Jeff Asche, who finished with a 35 on the last nine.

Shawn Bohlsen and Ross Magnuson tied for fifth, each at three-over 111.

Men's Open

(1) Andy Jacobson 71-34-105 (2) Mitch Warzecha 73-34-107 (3) tie, Jeff Asche 74-35-109, Matt Gorans 73-36-109 (5) tie, Shawn Bohlsen 74-37-111, Ross Magnuson 75-36-111 (7) tie, Chad Pendill 77-37-114, Sam Wazecha 76-38-114 (9) Jim Schammel 78-40-118 (10) tie, Tommy Warzecha 78-42-120, Chuck Weiler 81-39-120 (12) Nathan Boie 82-39-121 (13) Russ Johnson 84-38-122 (14) Bart Bradford 81-42-123 (15) Isaiah Streed 84-40-124 (16) tie, Eric Means 84-41-125; Eric Setrum 88-37-125 (18) Tom Anderson 89-43-132

Women's Open

(1) Jean Larson 39-38-77 (2) Lori Jacobson 41-38-79 (3) Cherris Duininck 49-45-94

Senior Open

(1) Norm Strehlow 40-38-78 (2) Ken Warzecha 41-39-80 (3) Tom Dooley 41-41-82 (4) Howie Swift 43-40-83 (5) Mac Habicht 43-44-87 (6) Neil Tagawa 46-42-88

Flights

SUPER SENIOR - (1) Larry Peart 39-39-78 (2) Dan Ridler 39-40-79

MEN'S 1ST - (1) Mark Suedbeck 47-42-89 (2) Dan Alter 45-45-90

MEN'S 2ND - (1) Doug Allen 43-44-87 (2) tie, John Wodash 44-45-89; Lyn Rambow 47-42-89

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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