Huge rally gives Freeman Exec title
It was a match that featured a huge comeback with some unusual circumstances.
The Executive Men's finals saw two brothers going head-to-head in Stefan Freeman of St. Cloud and Chanhassen's Jon Freeman. In what was a tale of two nines, it was the younger Stefan who came out on top in a thrilling 1-up, 19-hole match.
This one looked to be Jon's match from the get-go. He jumped out to a 3-up lead after three holes with a birdie and two par wins. That lead was pushed to five holes after taking Nos. 5 and 7 with pars.
That is how he coasted into the back before Stefan found his game. He knew he would have to do something in the final nine holes and that is exactly what he did, shooting four-under to tie the match and send it to extra holes.
Stefan started his charge on No. 11 with his first of back-to-back birdie wins. The two halved No. 13 before another birdie win on the 14th gave Stefan reason to believe that a comeback was now within reach at two back.
With three holes, he still found himself down by that margin. But on Nos. 16 and 17, he made it up with two par wins to even things up. Then on the 18th, both players overcame the pressure to birdie the hole and send it back to the first tee box.
It was there that Stefan completed the comeback by winning the hole to secure his first-ever Resorters title.
"It was an unbelievable day," he said. "I was five down at one time and somehow clawed back, partly through Jon's graciousness and party my own effort."
The win capped off an incredible day for Stefan that saw him reach the finals by edging Chad Johnson of Eden Prairie 1-up early Saturday morning. Jon had things come a little easier in his semifinals match with a 5-4 win over Eric Heimsness of Woodbury.
In the end, it will be the spirited comeback that will be remembered most by both players. Shooting four-under on the back helped Stefan overcome five bogeys on the front. It will be a round to talk about in the Freeman family for years to come.
Greg Braford, Parker, CO, medalist 71
Jon Freeman, Chanhassen 72
Eric Heimsness, Woodbury 73
Wade Nibbe, Parkers Prairie 73
Mike Heinen, Edmond, OK 74
Tom Abrahamson, Wayzata 74
Chad Johnson, Eden Prairie 75
Mark Lyczewski, Crookston 75
Todd Wagner, Alexandria 75
David Adams, Maple Grove 76
Dave Lodge, Champlin 76
Mark Hammond, Farmington 76
Jeff Bigger, Alexandria 78
Bill Freeman, Alexandria 78
Patrick Gustafson, Inver Grove Heights 78
Chad Marlow, Wichita, KS 78
Tom Johnson, Maple Grove 78
Donnacha O'Connor, Alexandria 78
Jim Thielges, NA 79
Al Hagen, Harrisburg, SD 79
Stefan Freeman, St. Cloud 79
Steve Cummings, Chaska 81
Tom Brooks, St. Paul 81
Darin Meyer, Minneapolis 82
Tony Peterson, Newport Beach, CA 82
Duncan Woodhull, Minnetonka 82
Alan Tessmer, Paradise Valley, AZ 83
Steve Lee, Albert Lea 83
Tim Fitzgerald, Boise, ID 83
Mark Kranz, Sauk Centre 84
Chris Watson, Omaha, NE 84
Kelly Hastings, Alexandria 84
(six golfers shot an 84; three who lost in playoff - Mike Gustafson, Carlos; David Mracek, Rosemount; and Pete Rockers, Shorewood)
Greg Braford def. Kelly Hastings 8-7
Patrick Gustafson def. Donnacha O'Connor 5-4
Todd Wagner def. Tony Peterson 5-3
Chad Johnson def. Darin Meyer 5-4
Alan Tessmer def. Wade Nibbe 5-4
Stefan Freeman def. Tom Johnson 6-5
Steve Lee def. Mike Heinen 4-2
Jim Thielges def David Adams 3-2
Jon Freeman def. Mark Kranz 7-6
Jeff Bigger def. Chad Marlow 1-up
Mark Lyczewski def. Duncan Woodhull 2-1
Dave Lodge def. Steve Cummings 5-4
Eric Heimsness def. Chris Watson 3-2
Bill Freeman def. Al Hagen 2-1
Tom Abrahamson def. Tim Fitzgerald 1-up
Tom Brooks def. Mark Hammond 6-5
Greg Braford def. Patrick Gustafson 3-1
Chad Johnson def.Todd Wagner 2-up
Stefan Freeman def. Alan Tessmer 1-up 19
Jim Thielges def. Steve Lee 4-3
Jon Freeman def. Jeff Bigger 6-5
Mark Lyczewski def. Dave Lodge 1-up
Eric Heimsness def. Bill Freeman 3-2
Tom Abrahamson def. Tom Brooks 4-3
Chad Johnson def. Greg Braford 1-up 24 holes
Stefan Freeman def. Jim Thielges 7-6
Jon Freeman def. Mark Lyczewski 2-1
Eric Heimsness def. Tom Abrahamson 5-4
Stefan Freeman def. Chad Johnson 1-up
Jon Freeman def. Eric Heimsness 5-4
Stefan Freeman def. Jon Freeman 1-up 19 holes