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Jacobson repeats in playoff

Andy Jacobson chips to the No. 15 green and then went on to par the hole. He made a similar pitch-and-run for birdie four holes later in sudden death to win his third Lakeland title Sunday at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)1 / 2
Matt Gorans follows his drive off the No. 15 tee box on his way to a runner-up finish Sunday at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)2 / 2

WILLMAR -- Andy Jacobson sank a chip shot from inches off the green to win his third Lakeland Open title in four years -- this one in sudden death.

"I've played enough with Andy; I knew he was going to make that," said runner-up Matt Gorans, who had finished in a dead heat with his friend after 54-holes.

Moments before Jacobson's winner at the Eagle Creek Golf Club, Gorans had missed a birdie putt from 25 feet by inches.

"He made a beautiful putt, struck it perfectly," said Jacobson. "It's hard to see Matt lose this way but I hate to lose, too."

Jacobson, who will turn 30 in August, and Gorans, 33, each finished at three-over-par 219 before going on to play the decisive extra hole, the par-4 No. 10.

"It was a rush when (the chip) went in," said Jacobson. "I was just so thankful it hit the middle of the cup or else it would have been four or five feet by."

Jacobson also won in 2006 and last year. But this was the highest winning score since the 79-year-old tournament went to 54-holes (from 45) in 2005.

Players said Sunday's brisk northwest wind, difficult pin placement and the slick greens were all factors in the paucity of sub-par golf.

Phil Schmidt, 34, of Albert Lea was only a stroke back at 220. The three-time NAIA All-America at Texas Lutheran was playing here for the first time in 10 years. His par 36 was the best final nine in the final foursome, but he was unable to make a big putt over the final two holes.

Rick Frieberg, a 1978 Alexandria graduate who now lives in Anoka, had a one-stroke lead going into the final nine. But a triple bogey on No. 10 and a double bogey on No. 11 led to a 224 -- still his best placement in six Lakelands.

Mark Bonnema of New London, a relative newcomer to championship-bracket golf, took fifth. He led the next-to-last foursome, which included 2007 runner-up Gordy Diekman of Alexandria who spent last year working on his game in Southern Calif..

Goran's warm-weather sports were baseball and softball until concentrating on golf about four years ago. He's made rapid progress including third at last year's Lakeland.

"I felt I threw it away on (the par 3) No. 16," said Gorans, who had a two-stroke lead with three holes to play. "I chunked a five-iron."

The ball ended up in the creek and finished with a five after two putting.

Jacobson, Schmidt and Gorans were all tied going to 17. Schmidt bogeyed while the other two got pars.

Jacobson hooked his drive on No. 18 into the trees, but got a break when the ball ricocheted back to the fairway.

The three leaders each missed birdie putts and parred the last hole leaving Gorans and Jacobson tied and Schmidt one back.

"I'm just thankful it's over," said Jacobson later. "Matt is so consistent, though he's fairly new to the game. I reminded myself never to give up."

Jacobson and Gorans are Eagle Creek members and Andy's father, Joel, is the club pro.

Norm Strehlow ran away with the senior title. He established a big lead by shooting a 74-38-112 on Saturday. He finished at 231 after posting nines of 39-41-39 on Sunday for a 231, 14 strokes up on runner-up Don Heath.

"I was pretty steady," said Strehlow. "The course was tough."

Several golfers took time to remark on the "great condition" of the course, especially the greens.

Open Championship

Saturday 27-hole total, Sunday 27-hole score by nines, two-day total)

(1) Andy Jacobson 108-36-38-37-219 (2) Matt Gorans 108-38-36-37-219 (3) Phil Schmidt 108-38-38-36-220 (4) Rick Frieberg 110-37-34-43--224 (5) Mark Bonnema 110-40-36-39-225 (6) Zach Johnson 108-39-40-41-228 (7) Chris Scholts 1113-38-38-40-229 (8) tie, Gordy Diekman 110-41-40-40-231; Zach Dressen 113-41-39-38-231 (10) Chase Thonvold 107-44-34-47-232 (11) Pete Hannig 114-41-40-39-234 (12) Mike Smith 114-41-40-40-235 (13) Isaiah Streed 121-41-39-37-238 (14) Mitch Warzecha 45-43-36-239 (15) Eddie Ozornia 121-40-39-42-242 (16) Russ Johnson 119-45-41-45-250

*Won playoff 1st extra hole

Senior Championship

(1) Norm Strehlow 112-39-41-39-231 (2) Don Heath 41-39043-245 (3) Howie Swift 122-43-39-42-246 (4) Tom Dooley 115-48-45-45-253 (5) Rick Wolfe 130-41-42-48-260 (6) Neil Tagawa 138-44-41-44-264

Select Flight

(1) Riley Strehlow 124-42-41-36-243 (2) Dave Bredeson 126-49-44-40-259 (3) tie, Josh Jenson 128-48-49-46-271; Chris Engel 133-43-47-48-271 (5) Tom Anderson 142-42-45-48-277 (6) Eric Swift 140-45-46-48-279

1st Flight

Quarterfinals: Allan Welle def. Larry Broberg 1-up 19 holes ... Harry Easton def. Dave Mohs 3-and-2 holes .... Mike Vennerstrom def. Andy Johnson 1-up 20 holes ... Shannon Severson had bye

Semifinals: Easton def. Welle 2-and-1 ... Vennerstrom def. Severson 4-up

Final: Easton def. Vennerstrom 7-and-6.

2nd Flight

Semifinals: Dan Alter def. Ray Poage 2-up ... John Wodash def. Lyn Rambow 5-and-3.

Final: Wodash def. Alter 3-and-2

President's Flight

(1) Greg Peterson 77 (2) Sam Peterson 78* (3) tie, Eric Means 78, Matt Porwell 78 (5) Doug Prins 81 (6) tie, Nate Boie 85; Alex Baker 85 (8) Riley Worth 88

*Won scorecard playoff

Super Seniors

Dan Ridler def. Larry Peart 4-and-3 36 holes.


1931 -- D.N. Tallman, Willmar

1932 -- Roy Gilbertson, Benson

1933 -- Virg Roby, Minneapolis

1934 -- D.N. Tallman, Willmar

1935 -- Ted Bartling, Brookings

1936 -- Ray Claggett, Montevideo

1937 -- Ray Claggett, Montevideo

1938 -- Don Baker, Montevideo

1939 -- Don Bohmer, St. Cloud

1940 -- Bill Rau, St. Cloud

1941 -- Don Bohmer, St. Cloud

1942 -- John Holmberg, Maple Lake

1943 -- D.N. Tallman, Willmar

1944 -- Babe Veum, Appleton

1945 -- Harold Vegoe, Glenwood

1946 -- Don Bohmer, St. Cloud

1947 -- Duane Stalberger, St. Cloud

1948 -- George Otterness, Minneapolis

1949 -- Duane Stalberger, St. Cloud

1950 -- Duane Stalberger, St. Cloud

1951 -- Duane Stalberger, St. Cloud

1952 -- Mayo Beske, Robbinsdale

1953 -- Mitch Rosenholtz, Minneapolis

1954 -- Bill Magnuson, Willmar

1955 -- Pete Passolt, Minneapolis

1956 -- Mayo Beske, Robbinsdale

1957 -- Lloyd Harney, Minneapolis

1958 -- John Paulson, Minneapolis

1959 -- Lloyd Harney, Minneapolis

1960 -- Larry Dahl, Minneapolis

1961 -- Clarence Ellefson, Willmar

1962 -- Hank Carney, Hopkins

1963 -- Rich Heise, Minneapolis

1964 -- Paul Sanderson, Worthington

1965 -- Lloyd Stromert, Willmar

1966 -- John Paulson, Minneapolis

1967 -- Dave Rovick, Edina

1968 -- Dave Rovick, Edina

1969 -- Terry McGee, St. Cloud

1970 -- Joe Hasbrouck, Albany

1971 -- Bill Von Wald, North St. Paul

1972 -- Bill Von Wald, North St. Paul

1973 -- Mike Kasner, St. Cloud

1974 -- Dennis Ross, LeSueur

1975 -- Bill Von Wald, North St. Paul

1976 -- Mike Herzog, Alexandria

1977 -- Bill Isrealson, Bemidji

1978 -- John Gust, Fergus Falls

1979 -- R.J. Smiley, Edina

1980 -- Bill Isrealson, Bemidji

1981 -- John Lundgren, Montevideo

1982 -- R.J. Smiley, Edina

1983 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

1984 -- Mark Hirschey, Glenwood

1985 -- Judd Bonham, New London

1986 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

1987 -- Tom Zeimann, Willmar

1988 -- Tom Ziemann, Willmar

1989 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

1990 -- Jon Empanger, Chaska

1991 -- Joe McCormick, Hutchinson

1992 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

1993 -- Greg Peterson, Rochester

1994 -- Aaron Barber, New London

1995 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

1996 -- Jeff Barney, Appleton

1997 -- Greg Peterson, Rochester

1998 -- Greg Peterson, Rochester

1999 -- Guy Lindblom, Fergus Falls

2000 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

2001 -- Jim Wilson, Eden Prairie

2002 -- John Spreiter, Litchfield

2003 -- Mike Berg, Detroit Lakes

2004 -- Mike Berg, Detroit Lakes

2005 -- Erik Tone, Willmar

2006 -- Andy Jacobson, Willmar

2007 -- Derrick Whiting, Alexandria

2008 -- Andy Jacobson, Willmar