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Chaska's Jon Empanger earned his third title in the Senior Men's Division on Saturday, defeating Bill Freeman of Alexandria 3-2.

Resorters Golf Tournament: Empanger claims third Senior title

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Jon Empanger was back in a familiar spot on Saturday evening, hoisting another Resorters trophy after all was said and done in Senior Division play.

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The Chaska golfer's reign over the field has been well documented over the past 10 years. He added to that legacy with a 3-2 win over Alexandria's Bill Freeman in the championship match. It was his fifth straight Resorters title (2009-2011 Senior titles, 2007-2008 Executive championships) and his eighth overall.

"I really play well up here," Empanger said. "I don't really understand it, but when I come up here, I find my game."

Freeman stuck with him as well as any opponent this year but was never able to grab a lead in this one. Empanger jumped out right away, winning No. 1 with a birdie. He went on to take No. 3 with a par before the two players halved the next five holes. Freeman struck right before the turn with a par win that cut his deficit to one heading onto the back.

That momentum did not last long once they got there. Empanger grabbed a 2-up lead with a par win on 10 before both players birdied the 11th. Empanger followed that with another birdie, this time on the par-5 12th to take a 3-up lead. That is how the two would remain after halving the next four holes with pars.

Empanger shot 2-under on the day to take his eighth title. In addition to his five straight Resorters crowns, he also added Executive Division championships in 1993, 1997 and 2004.

SENIOR MEN'S DIVISION

QUALIFIERS

Jon Empanger DC

Jim Arnold 34

Steve Tessmer 35

Scott Boselson 36

Jeff Pederson 36

Dave Battey 36

Dave Lodge 37

Dan Prochnow 37

Greg Matson 37

Mike Hartmann 37

Michael Flesch 38

Don Mehesan 38

Rick Feriancek 38

Bill Freeman 39

Gary Rolfzen 39

Mark Motanich 39

Larry Petersen 39

Tom Southward 40

Brad Hanson 40

Mike Fluegel 40

Bob Falls 40

Brian Bloedorn 41

Gene Seashore 41

Tom Vipond 41

Randy Johnson 41

Darryl Johnson 41

Roy Lende 42

Robert Chesley 42

Byron Zinn 42

Larry Kowalczyk 43

Tim Kulow 43

Gary Syverson 43

TUESDAY OPENING ROUND

UPPER BRACKET

Jon Empanger def. Tim Kulow 8-7

Larry Petersen def. Mark Motanich 4-2

Mike Hartmann def. Randy Johnson 3-1

Greg Mattson def. Darryl Johnson 8-7

Scott Bodelson def. Robert Chesley 3-1

Rick Feriancek def. Bob Falls 4-2

Dave Battey def. Byron Zinn 4-2

Brad Hanson def. Don Mehesan, 19 holes

LOWER BRACKET

Jim Arnold def. Larry Kowalczyk 3-1

Bill Freeman def. Tom Southland 7-5

Brian Bloedorn def. Dave Lodge, 1-up

Michael Flesch def. Gene Seashore 4-2

Steve Tessmer def. Gary Syverson 3-2

Mike Fluegel def. Gary Rolfzen 4-2

Dan Prochnow def. Roy Lende 5-4

Jeff Pederson def. Tom Vipond 5-4

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

UPPER BRACKET

Empanger def. Peterson 7-6

Mattson def. Hartmann, 21 holes

Feriancek def. Bodelson, 1-up

Battey def. Hanson 4-3

LOWER BRACKET

Freeman def. Arnold 3-2

Bloedorn def. Flesch 6-5

Tessmer def. Fluegel 4-3

Pederson def. Prochnow 5-4

THURSDAY RESULTS

UPPER BRACKET

Empanger def. Mattson 4-3

Battey def. Feriancek 3-2

LOWER BRACKET

Freeman def. Bloedorn 3-1

Tessmer def. Pederson, 1-up

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

UPPER BRACKET

Empanger def. Battey 6-4

LOWER BRACKET

Freeman def. Tessmer 2-1

SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP

Empanger def. Freeman, 3-2

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