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Jacobson collects third win of summer on home course

Senior Flight Club Champion Bill Dale, right, and runner-up Ken Warzecha come off the 18th green at Eagle Creek on Sunday at the conclusion of the final match. Dale was also champion in 2010 while Warzecha placed second in consecutive years. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR — Peter Hannig came close again but couldn’t upset Andy Jacobson in the Eagle Creek Match Play Men’s Open on Sunday.

Jacobson’s 1-up win was his third title on his home course this summer. He also won the Early Bird and the Lakeland Tournament.

Hannig, who also finished second to Jacobson in 2011, nearly tied the match on No. 18 but his chip for birdie from just off the front apron stopped 14 inches, or so, short though right on line.

The tourney was played in high heat both days; it was 91 degrees in the shade at 4:30 p.m.

The Seniors’ title went to Bill Dale for the second time in four years. Ken Warzecha reached the final a second straight year with a chance to tie on No. 18 but would lose 2-up.

Both Open and Seniors fields were 16-player brackets.

The Women’s title was won by Lori Jacobson. She defeated Jean Larson with a birdie on No. 18.

Hannig and Jacobson, who ranks among the top amateurs in Minnesota, were tied after nine. Hannig fell back by one but squared the match again by chipping in on No. 12. Jacobson took the lead for good with a birdie on No. 15 as each player shot par the rest of the way.

“I told Andy I was going to make that chip on No. 18 and force him to make his chip, too,” said Hannig with a smile. “I almost did; it was on line. Still, it was a lot of fun.”

Hannig took out Danny Anderson, the 2012 champ (and this year’s club medal play winner) 2&1 in the semifinals while Jacobson intercepted Matt Gorans, a former champion, 5&4.

Dale tagged out 2012 Seniors champ Mac Habicht 4&2 in the quarterfinals.

Men’s Open Championship

FIRST ROUND: Dan Anderson def. Chad Akerson 7&6; Cory Larson def. Jim Schammel 4&3, Tommy Warzecha def. Tony Kallevig 19 holes, Pete Hannig def. Chad Pendill 4&3, Matt Gorans def. Stephen Stuhr 9&7, Levi Hauser def. Mark Stuhr 4&3, Andy Jacobson def. Eric Means 4&3, Chuck Weiler def. Sam Warzecha 1-up … QUARTERFINALS: Anderson def. Larson 4&3, Hannig def. T. Warzecha 2&1, Gorans def. Hauser 8&6; Jacobson def. Weiler 2-up … SEMIFINALS: Hannig def. Anderson 2&1, Jacobson def. Gorans 5&4 … CONSOLATION: Kallevig def. Means 3&2 … CHAMPIONSHIP: Jacobson def. Hannig 1-up

1st Flight

 CHAMPIONSHIP: Bob Mathiason def. John Wodash 6&4

Women’s Championship

 SEMIFINALS: Lori Jacobson had bye; Jean Larson def. Cherris Duininck 5&3 … CHAMPIONSHIP: Jacobson def. Larson 1-up


 FIRST ROUND: Mac Habicht def. Neil Tagawa 3&2, Bill Dale def. Doug Allen 4&3, Gordy Lindblad def. Tom Dooley 20 holes, Steve Ammermann def. Howie Swift 5&3, Ken Warzecha def. Al Kennard 19 holes, Mark Suedbeck def. Gary Hern 7&6, Red Johnson def. Brad Atchison 5&3, Dave Nelson def. Tom Wodash 1-up … QUARTERFINALS: Dale def. Habicht 4&2, Lindblad def. Ammermann 2&1, K. Warzecha def. Suedbeck 1-up; Johnson def. Nelson 4&3 … SEMIFINALS: Dale def. Lindblad 1-up, Warzecha def. Johnson 5&3 … CONSOLATION: Dooley def. Kennard 2&1 … CHAMPIONSHIP: Dale def. Warzecha 2&1

Super Seniors

CONSOLATION: Doug Lindblad def. Milan Schmiesing 3&2 … CHAMPIONSHIP: Larry Peardt def. Denny LaPoint 2-up

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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