Executive Division: Late birdies carry Schomer to title
A match-up between two former champions should require the winner to make some pressure birdie putts and that's exactly what happened as St. Cloud's Daryl Schomer won his second straight Men's Executive Division title on Saturday.
Schomer locked up with Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes, the 2011 champion, in a match where neither player led by more than two holes at any point. In the end, Schomer knocked in birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 for what proved to be the difference in a 1-up win.
"Congrats to Tim Peterson," Schomer said as he accepted his trophy in the awards ceremony after the win. "He's a great player. He's always such a competitor out there, and he's just as gracious when he's a winner as he is in defeat."
Both players were on their game from the get-go entering the semifinals on Saturday. Schomer beat Chaska's Jeff Johnson 5-3 after shooting even-par through 15 holes in the morning. Peterson needed a little extra time, but built a nice lead on the front and took down 2009 champion, Stefan Freeman of St. Cloud.
That set the stage for what turned out to be a great championship match. Peterson struck first with a birdie win on the first hole before Schomer answered back with a par win on No. 2.
It took birdies to gain any advantage through the rest of the front. Schomer knocked in his first of four birdies of the round on No. 4 to take his first lead. He added to it three holes later with a birdie on seven that was immediately answered with a birdie by Peterson on eight.
Schomer took a 1-up lead to the back, where Peterson answered with back-to-back par wins in their first two holes. He held that lead until the 14th, when Schomer's birdie evened things up. Two holes later, it was another birdie that proved to be the match winner after both players parred Nos. 17 and 18.
Schomer, the head coach for the St. Benedict women's golf team, also used four birdies on Nos. 2, 6, 7 and 12 to help him secure his win in the semifinals match against Johnson. He needed those as he held onto a 1-up lead at the turn before winning four straight holes from Nos. 12-15 to punch his ticket to the final match.
AUGUST 3, 2013
Daryl Schomer def. Tim Peterson, 1-up
Schomer def. Jeff Johnson, 5-3
Peterson def. S. Freeman, 3-2