Resorters Golf Tournament: Executive Men's Division, Thursday
Alexandria's Chris Haugen had defending champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud right where he wanted him heading to the 14th tee box before Schomer stormed back to win in 20 holes on Thursday after-noon.
Close matches were a theme through much of the Men's Executive Division. Two others needed 18 to get it done, but Todd Wagner and former champion Tim Peterson found a way to do it in those contests.
Ken Basten, Chad Johnson and 2009 champion Stefan Freeman also survived close matches, while Kevin Farley and Jeff Johnson had an easier time of things in securing their spot in the quarterfinals.
The Men's Execs will be back on the first tee box at 1 p.m. today to see who will advance to the semifinals. First, here's a look at how all of them got here.
SCHOMER DEF. HAUGEN, 20-HOLES
Schomer was close to seeing his chances at a repeat fade away before he stormed back over the final five holes to force a playoff and eventually win in 20 holes against Haugen.
Both players birdied their first playoff hole on No. 1 before Haugen opened the door a little bit with a bogey on hole 2. Schomer pounced on that op-portunity as his par helped him steal a win on a day when things didn't look good late.
Haugen held a 3-up lead after back-to-back par wins on Nos. 12 and 13. Schomer didn't have time to spare and his birdie on 14 gave him the momentum he needed down the stretch.
He used that to propel him to another win on 15 and a par win on 17 that evened things up. Both players went for the win on 18 as each birdied the final hole to set up the playoff.
C. JOHNSON DEF.
Burnsville's Chad Johnson got a birdie on No. 1 and never gave up the lead on his way to a 3-2 win over Glenwood's Michael Hanson.
Johnson added to his early advantage with par wins on Nos. 4, 6 and 7 before Hanson worked his way back in it with a couple of par wins at 8 and 9. That put him within striking distance as they made the turn.
Johnson simply wouldn't give Hanson any room for error. Johnson birdied No. 12 to start a stretch of three straight wins. He added par wins over the next two holes. Hanson got one back with a par of his own on 15, but they halved 16 to send Johnson to the clubhouse as the winner.
FARLEY DEF. KREPP, 5-4
Farley, a resident of Lakeville, took his first lead after a bogey win on No. 4 and never looked back from there in his win over Tim Krepp of Highland Ranch, Colorado.
Krepp opened the door for his opponent with a run of bogeys and Farley was there to take advantage of it. He got par wins on Nos. 6, 7 and 9 to take a 4-up lead onto the back. He immediately added to that with another win on 10 before he put the match away with a par on 14.
JEFF JOHNSON DEF. RAYMOND, 6-5
Johnson carded a birdie on his first hole and it proved to be a sign of things to come as he rolled to a 6-5 win over Matt Raymond of Elk River.
The Chaska golfer moved to 3-up after a par win on No. 6 and bumped it to 4-up with another par on No. 9. Johnson held that lead until the 11th when he added another par win before his second birdie of the day all but ended it on 12.
Neither player could separate themselves by more than two holes in this one as Wagner found a way to win a 1-up match over Michael Williams.
Wagner was 1-over on the front and carried a 1-up lead with him as they made the turn after a birdie win on nine. He extended that to 2-up with an-other birdie on 10 before Williams finally struck back with a par win on 13 to cut his deficit to one hole.
That's where things stood be-fore Williams squared things up with a par win on 16. Wagner was able to answer with a bogey win on 17 that proved to be the difference in the match.
S. FREEMAN DEF.
Freeman used a stretch of four straight wins to turn a one-hole deficit into a three-hole lead late in his round against Al Hagen of Harrisburg, South Dakota.
Hagen used a birdie on No. 10 to grab a lead that he carried with him until hole 12. Freeman parred that one and immediately added par wins on Nos. 13, 14 and 15. That helped him secure a win in a match that was never separated by more than two during their first nine holes on the front.
Rosemount's Justin Cattoor shot 1-under on the back on Thursday but it still wasn't enough to overtake Basten in a 2-1 win for the Buffalo native.
Basten grabbed a 2-up lead with a birdie on No. 10 and never did relinquish it. That was despite birdies for Cattoor on Nos. 12, 13 and 16. Basten matched that with a birdie of his own on 12 and a birdie on 17 that helped him put the finish-ing touches on his win.
The final spot in the quarter-finals was punched by Peterson as he used a par win on 18 to put away his match against Alexandria's Greg Bowen.
Peterson was 3-up at the turn after a birdie on 6 and a par on 9. That's when Bowen got one back with a par win on 10, but Peterson seemed to have all the momentum after an eagle on the par-5 12th.
Bowen quickly showed how fleeting momentum can be in match play, though. He grabbed a par win on the very next hole and climbed all the way back to even with a par win at 16 and a birdie win at 17. That just set the table for one last move by Peterson as the 2011 champion used his par on 18 to see another day.
EXECUTIVE DIVISION PAIRINGS
Friday, August 2
1:00 p.m. - Daryl Schomer vs. Chad Johnson; Kevin Farley vs. Jeff Johnson
1:12 - Todd Wagner vs. Stefan Freeman; Ken Basten vs. Tim Peterson
Schomer def. Haugen, 20-holes
C. Johnson def. Hanson, 3-2
Farley def. Krepp, 5-4
J. Johnson def. Raymond, 6-5
Wagner def. Williams, 1-up
Freeman def. Hagen, 3-2
Basten def. Cattoor, 2-1
Peterson def. Bowen, 1-up