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Anderson wins Eagle Creek match play championship

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Danny Anderson studies his 12-foot putt to win on the 10th green, the first playoff hole, Sunday at the Eagle Creek match play championship in Willmar.

WILLMAR -- Danny Anderson is known as the best golfer at Eagle Creek never to win the Match Play Tournament.

Until now.

Anderson held on to check two-time defending champion Andy Jacobson on the first playoff hole.

"I did to him what he usually does to me -- make the big putts," said Anderson, who won the Club's Stroke Championship in July.

The 18-hole final proved a terrific match.

Anderson won four in a row starting at No. 6 to go 2-up at the turn. He went 3-up before Jacobson reeled off four in a row to go one up by one. Anderson birdied the short 17th when Jacobson's tee shot drifted left into the tree line. They halved the 18th.

Jacobson's tee shot on the 10th went left; coming out of the trees his pitch hit a limb. Anderson was about the same distance but lying one to Jacobson's two. That was it.

Anderson holed out in four while Jacobson needed a miracle putt from 30-feet below the hole to move the match onward.

"I dedicated this win to my nephew, Luke Lammers," said Anderson. "It was his birthday party today but I couldn't make it."

Jacobson, who swept the Eagle Creek big four in 2011 (Early Bird, Lakeland, Stroke and Match) also lost this summer's Lakeland in a playoff. But he's still at the top of his game winning the MGA Players Tournament in June and just last week being named to the three-man team that will represent Minnesota at the USGA State Team Championships in New Jersey next month.

In the Willmar tourney this weekend, his steady play didn't allow an opponent to last past hole No. 14, until the final against Anderson. Both finalists are former college golfers who played briefly on the minor-league professional tours before regaining their amateur status.

Tony Kallevig won consolation beating Pete Hannig, last year's runner-up. Hannig had KO'ed Anderson in last year's semifinal.

Mac Habicht, 54, defeated Ken Warzecha in the Seniors final. It was his first time in the finals and his best finish since winning the Men's Open Consolation some years back.

"It's great playing with the same friends you play in league all summer," Habicht said. "But this is entirely different. It's fun but there's so much more pressure; it's hard to explain."

Lori Jacobson, Andy's mother, won the Women's Open defeating Jean Larson 3-and-2.

Men's Open Championship

FIRST ROUND: Andy Jacobson def Sam Warzecha 5-4, Chad Pendill def Scott Carruthers 5-4, Chuck Weiler def. Pete Hannig 19 holes, Shawn Bohlsen def Mike Schammel 6-5, Danny Anderson def Travis Michelson, Jim Anderson def Tony Kallevig 3-1, Matt Gorans def Jeff Asche 4-2, Ross Magnuson def Tommy Warzecha 2-1 .... QUARTERFINALS: Jacobson def. Pendill 5-4, Weiler def. Bohlsen 1-up, D. Anderson def. J. Anderson 5-4, Magnuson def. Gorans 2-1 ... SEMIFINALS: Jacobson def. Weiler 5-4, D. Anderson def. Magnuson 1-up... CONSOLATION: Hannig def. S. Warzecha 6-5, Kallevig def Asche 19 holes; Kallevig def Hannig 4-3... Sunday medal: Gorans 71, J. Anderson 73 ... CHAMPIONSHIP: D. Anderson def. Jacobson 19-holes

1st Flight

SEMIFINALS: Chad Akerson def. Bob Mathiason 4-3, Mitch Johnson def. Peter Johnson 1-up ... CONSOLATION: Ryan Fernelius def. P. Johnson ... CHAMPIONSHIP: Akerson def. M. Johnson 7-6

2nd Flight

SEMIFINALS: Larry Knutson def Lyn Rambow 4-3, Don Alter def Milan Schmiesing 4-3 ... CONSOLATION: Schmiesing def. Rambow 3-2 ... CHAMPIONSHIP: Knutson def. Alter 3-2


FIRST-ROUND: Norm Strehlow had bye, Red Johnson def Doug Lindblad 2-1, Dave Nelson bye, Jim Schammel bye, Ken Warzecha def Gordy Lindblad 5-3, Mac Habicht def. Howie Swift 5-3, Tom Wodash def Al Kennard 3-1, Chris Meinert def. Gary Hern 4-2... QUARTERFINALS: Johnson def Strehlow 4-2, Warzecha def. Nelson 5-4, Habicht def Schammel 2-1, Wodash def. Meinert 3-2.... SEMIFINALS: Habicht def. Wodash 4-3, Warzecha def. Johnson 1-up... CONSOLATION: Swift def. Lindblad 3-2 ... CHAMPIONSHIP: Habicht def Warzecha 4-3

Super Seniors

SEMIFINALS: Larry Peart vs. Bob Tinklenberg 8-7, Paul Huet def Dan Ridler 5-4 ....CONSOLATION: Ridler def. Tinklenberg 7-5.... CHAMPIONSHIP: Peart def. Huet 4-2

Women's Championship

SEMIFINALS: Jean Larson had bye; Lori Jacobson def. Railin Setrum 6&5 ... CHAMPIONSHIP: Jacobson def. Larson 3-2

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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