Resorters Golf Tournament: Executive Men's Division, Wednesday
Here's an update of the Executive Men's Division Championship in the Resorters Golf Tournament being played at the Alexandria Golf Course after play concluded Wednesday.
Defending champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud played like the top seed in the Executive Men's field on Wednesday as he won 8-7 to advance to the round of 16.
Joining him is a couple other former champions as Stefan Freeman of St. Cloud and Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes both won their matches to help usher a talented field into play on Thursday.
The Executive Men will resume play this afternoon at 1:12 from the first tee box. Here's a recap of how all of them got there.
Schomer made sure he didn't have to sweat out a close one in his first match of the week as he tries to defend his title.
The 39-year-old realtor from St. Cloud never trailed in his match against Chris Watson of Omaha, Nebraska. He grabbed a 1-up lead on his first hole by birdying No. 10. It's a lead that quickly snowballed into a 6-up advantage as they made the turn onto the front.
Schomer got a par win on No. 11 before he and Watson halved the next three holes. Schomer took a commanding lead from there as he collected three straight par wins before birdying 18 to finish the back at even par.
He wasted no time putting things away on the front. Schomer birdied No. 1 before a par win on No. 2 ended things after just 11 holes.
Alexandria's Chris Haugen earned the right to face Schomer in the second round after he outlasted Chaska's Taylor Flannery 4-2 on Wednesday.
Haugen never trailed in this one as he grabbed his first lead with a par win on No. 12. It's a lead that grew a couple holes later when he birdied No. 14. That started a stretch of three straight wins for Haugen as he went 3-up with a par win at 15 and another birdie win at 16.
That's exactly how things went onto the front between these two before Haugen moved to 4-up with a birdie win on No. 1. Flannery made a little run after that. He got wins on Nos. 4 and 5 to cut his deficit to two, but he opened the door with a bogey on the par-5 sixth hole. Haugen took advantage as he parred that one and added a par win on No. 7 to end the match with two to go.
Glenwood's Michael Hanson used a strong push on the front to erase a narrow deficit and take down Wayzata's Tom Abrahamson in a 2-1 match.
Hanson found himself two back after 10 holes before he started to make his run. He got a par win on No. 2 and added two more par wins on Nos. 4 and 5 to take his first lead of the day. He added another on the par-3 seventh before the two halved No. 8 to end things a hole early.
Abrahamson shot 2-over on the back to take a 1-up lead but couldn't maintain it on the front. He had a stretch of seven straight bogeys and Hanson took advantage of that to punch his ticket into the second round.
C. JOHNSON DEF.
D. JOHNSON, 5-4
Chad Johnson of Burnsville took his first lead on his fifth hole of the day and never gave it back in a 5-4 win over Darin Johnson of Glenwood.
Chad won No. 14 with one of his two birdies on the par fives. His second one put the match away on No. 6. In between those, he managed to build a 2-up lead before heading to the front.
Darin opened the door for him once they got there as he shot 7-over par through their first six holes. Chad pounced on the opportunity as he got a par win on No. 1, a double-bogey win on No. 4, followed by a par win on five and the birdie win on six that ended it.
It took all 18 holes, but Lakeville's Kevin Farley came charging back and got the job done in a 1-up match against Alexandria's Dave Dilley.
Dilley held a 3-up lead in this one after he got par wins on Nos. 14, 15 and 17. Farley got one back on 18 with a par win of his own, though.
He rode that momentum as they made the turn. Farley added another par win on Nos. 1 and 2 to break even. Dilley got the lead back with a birdie win at No. 5, but pars on the next two holes were good enough for Farley to take his first lead. He didn't give it back the rest of the way. Both players halved Nos. 8 and 9 as Farley advanced to set up his match-up against Tim Krepp of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Krepp advanced by holding off Chad Marlow of Wichita, Kansas in a 3-2 match.
These two were never separated by more than one hole after their first nine were com-plete. Krepp took a 1-up lead onto the front and slowly built it from there. He got a par win on No. 2 before Marlow got back within one with a par win of his own on the fourth hole.
Krepp responded immediate-ly, though. He got a par win on No. 5 and ended things with two holes left when he parred No. 7 for the win.
J. JOHNSON DEF.
Alexandria Golf Club Superintendent Donnacha O'Connor just didn't have his game going on Wednesday as Jeff Johnson of Chaska rolled to a 7-5 win over him.
O'Connor shot 11-over through 13 holes and Johnson quickly took advantage as he shot even-par on the back nine, which included a birdie win on 16. That helped him build a 5-up lead as they went to the front.
Johnson didn't waste any time putting things away from there. He got a par win on No. 3 before a bogey on No. 4 was good enough take the hole and end the match with five to go.
RAYMOND DEF. HEIMSNESS, 3-2
Matt Raymond of Elk River used three straight wins on Nos. 5, 6 and 7 to break open an even match and finish off Eric Heimsness of Woodbury on Wednesday.
These two battled back and forth up until that point. Raymond led by two after three holes after a par win on No. 10 and a birdie win on the 12th. That quickly disappeared, though, as Heimsness used two straight par wins pull things back to even.
That's how the match stood after 10 holes before Raymond used a par win on No. 2 to re-grab the lead. It disappeared after Heimsness got a par win on No. 4, but his momentum proved to be temporary as Raymond rattled off three straight to take the match.
WILLIAMS DEF. TAX, 3-2
Michael Williams didn't let an early deficit slow him down as he rallied from a slow start to beat Sartell's Steve Tax 3-2.
Tax grabbed the first ad-vantage with a par win on 12 and a bogey win on 13 that moved him to 2-up. That's where things stood after seven holes before Williams gained a little momentum by taking holes 17 and 18 to even things up heading to the front.
Williams never trailed again after that. He grabbed his first lead of the day with a par win on No. 2. He grew that to 2-up with another par win on 5 before doing the same on No. 7 to end the match early.
Todd Wagner never trailed in his match against Alexandria's Jeff Bigger on his way to a 5-3 win.
Wagner used a birdie on his first hole to take an early lead before Bigger squared things up with a par win on No. 11. That's the last time the match would be even as Wagner took No. 12 with a par and extended his lead to 3-up with a par win on 13 and 15.
That's how the two players went to the front before Wagner immediately moved to 4-up with another par win on No. 1 Wagner then put things away by winning No. 16 to punch his ticket to the field of 16.
St. Cloud's Stefan Freeman never trailed on Wednesday as the 2009 Executive champion outlasted Alexandria's Mike Lueck for the 3-1 win.
Freeman used his only birdie of the day to take a 1-up lead on No. 17 before Lueck evened things back up with a par win on 18. Freeman immediately got his lead back with a par win on No. 1, and he didn't give it back this time.
Both players halved the next four holes before Freeman added a par win on No. 6 to move to 2-up. That's how things went into No. 8 before he put the finishing touches on his win by taking the hole and securing his spot in the next round.
HAGEN DEF. DOLAN, 4-2
Al Hagen of Harrisburg, South Dakota shot even-par on the back to build a 3-hole lead that he never relinquished in a 4-2 win over Shorewood's John Dolan.
Hagen had two birdies during that stretch on Nos. 14 and 16, the latter of which gave him his biggest lead of the day at 4-up. That's where things stood after a par in on No. 1 before Dolan grabbed his last win on No. 4 with a par. Three holes later, Hagen put the match away with a par of his own on No. 7.
Buffalo's Ken Basten broke open an even match with three straight wins on Nos. 6, 7 and 8 to secure a 3-1 win over Alexandria's Larry Novotny.
Neither player separated themselves by more than one hole up until that late run by Basten. Novotny had a 1-up lead after a birdie win on 15, but it lasted just two holes before Basten answered with a birdie win of his own on 17.
The two went to the front all squared up before Novotny struck again with a par win on No. 3. Once again, Basten had an answer. He grabbed a par win of his own on No. 4 before they halved No. 5. Novotny watched it slip away from there as he went bogey, double-bogey, bogey over the next three holes. Basten took advantage to secure his spot in the next round.
Justin Cattoor of Rosemount watched an early deficit disappear as he gained his first lead on the front and held on to beat David Adams of Maple Grove in a 1-up match.
Adams got par wins on his first two holes on the back to grab the early advantage. After Cattoor evened things up, Adams got his only birdie of the day to regain the lead on 17. That was answered immediately by par wins for Cattoor on Nos. 18 and 1.
Cattoor never let that lead slip away. He moved to 3-up with par wins on Nos. 3 and 5. Adams answered with a couple par wins on Nos. 7 and 8, but he couldn't force a playoff as the two players tied their final hole to give Cattoor the narrow win.
TIM PETERSON DEF.
TOM JOHNSON, 3-1
Peterson got off to a torrid start and used that to propel him to a 3-1 win over Tom Johnson of Maple Grove.
Peterson, the 2011 Executive champion, rattled off three straight birdies on his first three holes to grab a 3-up lead right off the bat. Johnson tried to battle back. He got back to within one after birdies on Nos. 17 and 2, but Peterson responded with a birdie win of his own on No. 6. That began a stretch of three straight winning holes for the former champ as he secured his spot in the field on Thursday.
TONY PETERSON, 6-4
Alexandria's Greg Bowen used a steady back nine to run away from Tony Peterson of Denver and cruise to a 6-4 win.
Bowen used a birdie win on No. 12 to move to 2-up. He built that lead to 4-up by the time they made the turn after a par win on 17. Another par on No. 1 moved him to 5-up once they got on the front. Bowen then ended it with a par win on No. 5.
EXECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT PAIRINGS
Thursday, August 1
1:12 p.m. - Daryl Schomer vs. Chris Haugen; Michael Hanson vs. Chad Johnson
1:21 - Kevin Farley vs. Tim Krepp; Jeff Johnson vs. Matt Raymond
1:30 - Michael Williams vs. Todd Wagner; Stefan Freeman vs. Al Hagen
1:39 - Ken Basten vs. Justin Cattoor; Tim Peterson vs. Greg Bowen
EXECUTIVE RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY
Schomer def. Watson, 8-7
Haugen def. Flannery, 4-2
Hanson def. Abrahamson, 2-1
C. Johnson def. Daren Johnson, 5-4
Farley def. Dilley, 1-up
Krepp def. Marlow, 3-2
J. Johnson def. O'Connor, 7-5
Raymond def. Heimsness, 3-2
Williams def. Tax, 3-2
Wagner def. Bigger, 5-3
Freeman def. Lueck, 3-1
Hagen def. Dolan, 4-2
Basten def. Novotny, 3-1
Cattoor def. Adams, 1-up
Tim Peterson def. Tom Johnson, 3-1
Bowen def. Tony Peterson, 6-4