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Jeff Pederson watches his putt on the No. 7 green at AGC during his Senior Division semifinals match against JT Johnson last Friday afternoon. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Pederson fights off fatigue to win Senior Division title

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Jeff Pederson was relaxing in the Alexandria Golf Club’s dining area after a Senior Division semifinals win over Woodbury’s JT Johnson in 19 holes last Friday when he was asked how he felt about getting his first shot at a Resorters title the next day.

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“Tired,” Pederson said with a smile. “I’m getting old.”

The 55-year-old from Haymarket, Virginia had enough left in him to earn that first Resorters title as he won the Senior Division by beating fellow tournament veteran Jim Arnold in a 2-1 match on Saturday. Arnold, 68 and from Plymouth, was also looking for his first title but couldn’t quite overcome Pederson in a match that was close all afternoon.

“The people here at the tournament are like family,” Pederson said during the awards ceremony after the win. “I really appreciate this week.”

Pederson was born in Parkers Prairie and makes it a point to golf the Resorters often. He had finished as high as the quarterfinals before and was ready to take advantage of his first shot in the finals.

He never trailed in his match against Arnold after taking a birdie win on No. 1. Arnold answered back a couple holes later with a par win on 3 to even things back up.

That’s when Arnold opened the door a little bit with a couple bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6. Pederson was happy to take advantage of that as he parred both to take a 2-up lead that lasted until the 9th when Arnold used par to make the turn just one down.

Pederson wanted a little breathing room on the back, and he got it with a birdie win on 13 to move back to 2-up.

That’s exactly how things stood the rest of the way. Both players halved the next four holes to set up a must-win situation for Arnold on 17. He did everything he could to do that by carding a birdie. Unfortunately for him, Pederson matched him with that birdie to put an end to his championship run.

MEN’S SENIOR DIVISION FINALS

Pederson def. Arnold, 2-1

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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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