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Five champs return amidst talented fields

The 2013 Resorters champions included (left to right) Alexandria’s Steve Herzog, Senior Division; Alexandria’s Tom Eidsvold, Masters Division; St. Cloud’s Daryl Schomer, Executive Division; Alexandria’s Casey Vangsness, Men’s Division; Monterey, California’s Ryan Swedberg, Junior 13-15 Division; Maple Grove’s Nathaniel Adams, Junior 10-12 Division and Samantha Falk of Glenwood in the Women’s Division. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)

The Resorters Golf Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club is a bit of a reunion for so many of the golfers and their families who make this tournament a priority to attend every year.

It’s no different this year in the 93rd playing of the Resorters. A lot of former champions are back trying to pad their resume, while those who are still searching for that elusive title strive to get over that hurdle this week.

“The strength of the field is good,” AGC head pro Ron Rebrovich said of this year’s Resorters. “Every year the tournament comes together. It’s a testament to the tournament’s longevity and our forefathers that put it together.”

A total of five defending champions are back from the seven divisions.

For the third straight year, a Vangsness stood at the top of the men’s championship last year. This time it was Casey Vangsness, the younger brother of 2011 and 2012 champion, Ben Vangsness. Both of the Alexandria natives return this week in hopes of making it four straight titles for the family.

Joining them as defending champions this summer are Steve Herzog in the Senior Division, Tom Eidsvold in the Masters Division, Samantha Falk of Glenwood in the Women’s Division and Nathaniel Adams, who won the Junior 10-12 Division the last two years and is now moving up to the Junior 13-15 Division.

“I think it says a lot about the tournament that people want to come back and defend their crown,” Rebrovich said. “They take a lot of pride in being a champion of the Resorters.”

Two of those returning champs are Alexandrians as Herzog and Eidsvold are both shooting for their third straight titles this week.

The two divisions that will have a new champion crowned from last year are the Executive Men’s and Junior 10-12’s. Two-time defending Executive champion Daryl Schomer couldn’t make it this summer, while Adams aged out of the 10-12 division, leaving the field open for a first-time champion.

The men’s and women’s field are loaded with young golfers, many of which are either up-and-comers at the high school level or players who have been successful at the college level. Of the 112 entries in the Men’s Division, more than 85 are age 25 and younger.

The Women’s Division featured 16 entries of the 22 who were signed up on July 24 who are age 24 or younger. Included in that is 14-year-old Alayna Eldred of Osakis, who tied for 12th at the Class AA state tournament this past spring as an eighth grader.

“Even someone like me that follows golf pretty closely, I still don’t recognize all the names,” Rebrovich said. “But you do a quick Google search and most are playing in state amateurs and playing on college golf teams or just recently graduated from a college golf team. The Men’s Regular division is strong and all the other ones are too.”

With good golfers coming from all over the state, and even the country for some people, the tournament figures to feature plenty of competitive matches throughout the week before a champion is crowned in seven divisions on Saturday.

“Our depth in the field seems to just get better and better, especially in that Regular division,” Rebrovich said. “We’re getting a lot of nice young players who are competing on a statewide level, not just locally. Our fields seem to get stronger each year.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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