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Golf: Freiburg blazes trail at Lakeland

Rick Freiburg watches his drive on No. 17, which he parred, while Andy Jacobson, the defending Lakeland champion, birdied to tie the match on the 53rd hole. But the 51-year-old old sales manager from Monticello would defeat Jacobson on the second playoff hole.

WILLMAR -- This was Rick Freiburg's weekend.

Leading the 82nd Lakeland Tournament from the start, the 51-year-old Monticello native didn't crumble when 4-time champion Andy Jacobson pulled into a late tie and forced a playoff on the near 90-degree afternoon.

Instead, it was Jacobson who proved vulnerable in a playoff.

Freiburg won his first Lakeland with a par on No. 11, a short par 4.

Jacobson, who made up two strokes with 3 holes to go in regulation, 3-putted from the back edge.

That hurt but added "I was just happy to get back in it and force a playoff. Rick is tough, relentless; he hits it down the middle and hardly made a mistake."

The 54-hole event (27 each day) was played in hot sun and heavy air. Freiburg, 51, said his overwhelming feeling after completing his 56th hole in two days was being "Tired."

And he obviously was pleased winning for the first time here in 8 attempts. He had survived a shootout with the newly-crowned 2012 MGA 2012 Players Champion and the tournament's defending champion.

Both he and Jacobson tied the tournament's 54-hole record. Aaron Barber, former PGA pro from nearby New London, also fired a nine-under-par 207 in 2010. Freiburg, Jacobson and Chase Thonvold tied for second that year at 209.

Charlie West and Danny Anderson also played in Sunday's final foursome. West, a junior at St. Cloud State, sank a 60-yard chip shot from the middle of the 18th fairway for an eagle and leapfrog Anderson into third place.

Freiburg, who manages a sales force at Rapid Packaging in Monticello, shot 227 here last year to place eighth. The contemporary of Tom Lehman's in high school at Alexandria, Freiburg took the inside track early on Saturday. He shot 33-36-32 for a 7-under 101 and a two stroke lead on Chase Thonvold at 103. Anderson and Jacobson were each in at 104.

West, who was coaxed here by his SCSU roommate Willmar graduate Jim Neis, shot ho-hum par the first day. He returned the second day to file a 68 and a 35, or 5-under. His eagle on 18 to end his visit drew a loud cheer from the audience who appreciated the splendid golf played by this year's Northern Sun Player of the Year from the Chaska area.

Jacobson saved par with a fine approach shot out of the trees. His 30-foot birdie putt for the victory missed the cup by only inches.

"It hurts like heck to lose but I can't complain," he said reflecting on a June that saw him win the Eagle Creek Early Bird on June 3 and the prestigious Players match-play title on June 20.

In the Seniors Division, Brian Patterson defeated Tom Dooley 2&1 for the championship. Earlier, Patterson topped Red Johnson 4&3 and Bob Poe 2-up. Dooley dropped Dave Nelson 5&3 and Norm Strehlow 1-up.

54-hole champs (par 216)

2005: Erik Tone 208

2006: Andy Jacobson 213

2007: Derrick Whiting 213

2008: Andy Jacobson 211

2009: Andy Jacobson 219*

2010: Aaron Barber 207

2011: Andy Jacobson 211

2012: Rick Freiburg 207**

*Won playoff with Matt Gorans

**Won playoff with Andy Jacobson

Men's Championship

Rick Freiburg 101-69-37-207,* Andy Jacobson 104-68-35-207, Charlie West 10-68-35-211, Danny Anderson 104-72-36-212, Jon Hanner 106-71-39-216, Chase Thonvold 103-77-37-217, Eric Harris 110-74-37-221, Roque Arcilla 115-75-32-222, Josh Hagstrom 113-72-38-223, Bart Bradford 110-77-37-224

Craig Hirschey 113-73-38-224, Tony Kallevig 107-79-39-225, Shawn Bohlsen 116-75-35-226, Eric Peterson 115-72-40-227, Matt Gorans 113-80-35-227, Pete Hannig 110-82-39-231, Sam Peterson 115-79-37-231, Phillip Ward 117-79-35-231, Chuck Weiler 113-80-39-232, Jordan Larson 117-76-40-233

Mark Bonnema 119-79-38-233, Aric Harrier 119-76-41-236, Kirk Moesenthin 111-82-48-241, Doug Prins 117-85-41-243, Josh Dooley 119-85-41-245

*Won playoff on second hole


SELECT - Jim Anderson def. Dave Bredeson 5&4 ... Consolation: Todd Bergeth def. Jon Kreps 22 holes

1st FLIGHT - Al Kennard def. Ryan Fernelius 1-up ... Consolation: Neil Tagawa def Don Alter 5&4

SENIORS -- Brian Patterson def. Tom Dooley 2&1 ... Consolation: Dave Nelson def. def. Ken Warzecha 5&3

SUPER SENIORS (36 holes) - Dan Ridler def. Larry Peart 8&7

PRESIDENTS -- Hunter Mottinger 77, Wade Thonvold 77, Anthony Stern 78, Cody Magnuson 79, Josh South 84

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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