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Rand Middleton 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.

Jacobson wins another Eagle Creek title

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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.

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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

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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