Heinen is Junior champ
Minnetrista's Tommy Brandabur picked the wrong time to play his worst round of the Resorters tournament this past Saturday.
Brandabur locked up with Edmond, Oklahoma native Nick Heinen in the Junior finals and got off to a start that included two bogeys and a double-bogey. That helped Heinen, the 2008 runner-up, get off to a 2-up lead that he would only build upon on his way to an 8-7 win for the championship.
The Junior Division started with a record high 52 entrants at the start of the week. In the end, it was Heinen who stood tall with four steady rounds in match play.
Heinen shot great to take advantage of Brandabur's struggles. A birdie on No. 4 gave him a 3-up lead and that was just the start. Heinen's only blemish through the rest of the round came on No. 9 when he bogeyed to halve the hole. Pars on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8 were all good for wins as he took a seven-hole lead into the back nine.
Once there, he wasted no time putting the match away. Heinen went 8-up with another par on No. 10. All that was needed now was a push and the match would be over. That is exactly what he got on No. 11 when both players parred to send Heinen back to Oklahoma a champion.
2009 JUNIOR QUALIFYING
Max Coatta, Minnetonka, medalist 76
Nick Heinen, Edmond, OK 77
Tommy Brandabur, Minnetrista 81
Nicholas Brundell, Alexandria 81
Brady Hafdal, Alexandria 81
Mathew Bennett, Marshall 82
Charlie Johnson, Shorewood 82
Austin Fowler, Grand Rapids 84
Conor Freeman, Chanhassen 84
Connor Lehman, Plymouth 84
Austin McCulloch, Alexandria 84
Brandon Bistodeau, Alexandria 85
Lukas Bigger, Alexandria 86
Hunter Bruhn, Buffalo 86
Alex Freeman, Chanhassen 87
Mitch Freeman, Chanhassen 87
Max Coatta def. Mitch Freeman, 4-3
Austin Fowler def. Conor Freeman, 1-up
Lukas Bigger def. Brady Hafdal, 20 holes
Tommy Brandabur def. Brandon Bistodeau, 3-1
Nick Heinen def. Alex Freeman, 7-5
Matt Bennett def. Austin McCulloch, 6-4
Nick Brundell def. Hunter Bruhn, 1-up
Charlie Johnson def. Connor Lehman, 7-6
Austin Fowler def. Max Coatta 1-up 19
Tommy Brandabur def. Lukas Bigger 2-1
Nick Heinen def. Matt Bennett 1-up
Charlie Johnson def. Nick Brundell 1-up
Tommy Brandabur def. Austin Fowler 4-3
Nick Heinen def. Charlie Johnson 4-3
Nick Heinen def. Tommy Brandabur 8-7