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Resorters Golf Tournament: Men's Division, Wednesday

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Here's an update of the Men's Division Championship in the Resorters Golf Tournament being played at the Alexandria Golf Course after play concluded Wednesday.

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Ben Vangsness of Alexandria kept his three-peat chances of another Resorters' title alive - but barely. His match yesterday went 18 holes.

Medalist Nick Heinen of Ed-mond, Oklahoma survived a 17-hole scare.

The division's 2008 winner, Tyler Whiting of Alexandria, battled through 20 holes to ad-vance.

Two former runner-ups weren't so lucky. Eric Peterson of Benson lost in 18 holes and Alexandria's Bryant Black was eliminated on No. 16.

Welcome to the opening round of the Resorters Men's Championship, a day that fea-tured plenty of upsets, nail-biters, rallies and blowouts.

The sweet 16 will tee it up to-day when match play begins from the No. 1 tee at 1:48 p.m. Until then, here's a recap of yesterday's action:

B. VANGNESS DEF.

GIORGI 1-UP

Even though Vangsness, the 2011 and 2012 champ, blistered the course with a 2-under-par round, he had his hands full with Mark Giorgi, who matched Vangsness' pars time and time again while pulling a few sur-prises of his own.

The golfers halved the first four holes before Giorgi broke the ice with a birdie win on No. 5. The lead held until the 9th hole when Vangsness' birdie squared the match.

Vangsness stole the lead with another birdie on No. 10 only to drop the next hole to Giorgi's par.

On the par-5 12th, Giorgi ripped off an eagle to reclaim the lead. Vangsness rallied with a par win on the next hole and moved ahead with a birdie on the par-5 14th.

After swapping pars on No. 15, Vangsness won 16 with birdie to go 2-up. Giorgi refused to cave in though, and his par on 17 put him in striking distance again.

The defending champ finally secured a 1-up win by matching Giorgi's par on the 18th green.

WHITING DEF. Be. BLACK IN 20 HOLES

Both Whiting and Bennett Black of Alexandria shot 72s in qualifying and their shoot-out yesterday showed how evenly matched the two are.

They each won three holes on the front: Whiting taking Nos. 2, 3 and 9 with two birdies and a par, and Black winning Nos. 6, 7 and 8 with a par and two birdies.

The match turned into a rollercoaster ride on the back nine. Black won No. 10 with birdie but Whiting won Nos. 11 and 12 with birdie, par to take the lead. Black won Nos. 13 and 14 with par, birdie to flip the match in his favor.

After they both halved the next three holes with pars, Whiting, trailing by one, sent the match into overtime with a huge birdie win on 18.

They traded pars on the first extra hole before Whiting put the match away with a par on No. 2.

C. VANGNESS DEF.

WITIAK 5-3

The "other" Vangsness in the championship bracket, Ben's younger brother, Casey, proved he belongs in the elite field with a solid 5-3 win over Collin Witi-ak of Columbia South Carolina.

He had to dig out of an early three-hole setback to do it.

Witiak won Nos. 1, 4 and 5 with pars before Vangsness stormed back with a string of six straight wins on Nos. 6 through 11. He carded five bird-ies during the run and built a 3-up lead.

Witiak made par to halve No. 12 but fell prey to another Vangsness' birdie on 13 to drop four holes back. Vangsness sealed the match with a par win on No. 15.

MEYER DEF.

SWEDBERG 3-1

Grady Meyer of West Fargo overcame some jitters on the front nine to out-battle Alexan-dria's Derek Swedberg, 3-1.

Swedberg won three holes on the front, Nos. 1, 6 and 8, with pars while Meyer only won two, Nos. 2 and 7, also with pars.

After crossing the road, Mey-er caught fire, winning the next three holes with a birdie and two pars to go 2-up.

Swedberg battled back with a birdie win on No. 15 but Meyer held firm, winning Nos. 16 and 17 with par, birdie to close out the match.

DECKO DEF. LEHMAN 4-2

In a battle between two golf-ers now living in Scottsdale, Arizona: Jeremy Decko out-lasted Thomas Lehman, son of PGA great Tom Lehman, 4-2.

It was extremely close at the beginning. Both golfers shot nothing but pars on the first four holes before Decko drew first blood with a par win on No. 5.

After halving the next two holes with more pars, Decko knocked in a birdie to go 2-up and padded his lead at the turn with a par win on No. 9.

Lehman, with his dad serving as caddy, won his first hole on No. 10, a par, to cut the deficit to two.

The match bounced around a little from there, with Decko winning Nos. 11 and 14 with par, birdie and Lehman taking No. 12 with par.

Trailing by three with four holes left, Lehman could only match Decko's par on No. 15 and the match ended on the next hole when Decko's par won the hole.

FARLEY DEF.

PETERSON 1-UP

Mack Farley of Lakeville re-fused to crack against Peterson, a Resorters' veteran who routinely qualifies for the championship bracket and was the runner-up in 1993.

Peterson won the first hole but Farley drew even on No. 3, took the lead on No. 5 and never lost the lead after that.

After No. 13, Farley was 3-up. Peterson chiseled away at the lead and closed the gap to one by No. 16 but he could only match Farley on the last two holes, giving the Lakeville stu-dent a 1-up victory.

GERGEN DEF.

C. MONTPLAISIR 2-1

Dylan Gergen of Mendota Heights never trailed in his match against Cade Montplaisir of Mesa, Arizona. But it took him 17 hard-fought holes to finally taste victory.

Gergen held a 2-up lead at the turn. He padded it with a par win on No. 10 but Montplaisir took No. 11 with birdie and drew to within one with a par win on No. 13.

Gergen hung tough, winning the next hole with par to regain a two-hole advantage.

Montplaisir could only match Gergen's pars on the next three holes, giving Gergen a 2-1 win.

WILSON DEF. JARRETT

IN 21 HOLES

It was the division's longest match, a 21-hole dogfight that ended with Jacques Wilson of Victoria on top.

Nicholas Jarrett of Coralville, Iowa gave it everything he had and took the match's first lead with a birdie on No. 2 and going back on top on No. 8.

But Wilson kept battling back, tying the match up when he needed to and then sinking the match-winner on the third ex-tra hole.

N. HEINEN DEF.

BRINKER 2-1

The momentum shifted more than a few times during the match between medalist Hei-nen and Derek Brinker of Min-netonka.

Brinker won three holes on the front, Nos. 1, 8 and 9 with a birdie and two pars. Heinen, meanwhile, won Nos. 4, 6 and 7, also with a birdie and two pars so the two were all square at the turn.

Heinen surged back into the lead with a birdie on No. 11 and went 2-up with another nifty birdie on the 14th hole. Brinker closed the gap with a par on No. 16 but Heinen cut short the rally with a match-ending par win on No. 17.

KLEIN DEF.

RASTETTER 6-4

It just wasn't Mathew Rastet-ter's day. The 17-year-old from Maple Grove carded a seven on the opening hole and things didn't get much better after that.

He did win No. 3 with a par but his opponent, Dan Klein of Phoenix, Arizona arose from the ashes to win three straight holes, No. 6, 7 and 8 with two pars and a birdie to go 3-up at the turn.

Klein kept the pressure on with a birdie win No. 11 and then iced the match by winning No. 13 and 14 with par, birdie.

J. MONTPLAISIR

DEF. BOHKE, 2-1

Jacob Montplaisir of Gilbert Arizona grabbed an early lead against Brandon Bohks of Mankato with birdie and par wins on Nos. 2 and 3 and never trailed.

Bohks got back to all square with par wins on No. 8 and 9 and matched Montplaisir on the next four holes but was unable to grab the lead.

Montplaisir went 1-up with a par win on No. 14 and won No. 16 with par to go 2-up. The match ended on 17 when both players made par.

MCCOLLOCH DEF.

KALIVAS 3-2

Alexandria's Austin McColloch edged Phil Kalivas of Phoenix, Arizona in 16 hard-fought holes.

McColloch struck for the ear-ly lead, winning Nos. 3 and 4. He went to 3-up on No. 8 before Kalivas won his first hole on No. 10.

Kalivas made things interest-ing with a win on No. 12 to draw within one. McColloch coun-tered by winning the next hole but Kalivas came right back with a win on No. 14 to pull within one again.

McColloch wasn't going to let this one slip through his fin-gers, however. He won Nos. 15 and 16 to wrap up a 3-2 victory.

FOWLER DEF.

Br. BLACK 3-2

Austin Fowler of Grand Rap-ids was able to build a solid lead against Alexandria's Bryant Black on the front nine.

He won Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 9 with birdie, par, birdie, par while Black won just one hole, a par on No. 2.

Fowler padded his lead to 4-up with a birdie on No. 10. Black rallied with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes to slice the lead to two but could only match Fowler's bogey and pars on the next three holes.

Fowler put the match away with a birdie on No. 16.

STRANDEMO DEF.

BAHE 5-4

A hot start fired Thomas Strandemo of Fargo to a 5-4 win over Kyle Bahe of Mankato.

Strandemo notched two quick birdies to start the match and go 2-up. He added to his lead with par wins on Nos. 4 and 6, and his bogey on No. 7 was good enough to put him 5-up.

Bahe stopped the bleeding with a par win on No. 8 but Strandemo won No. 11. Bahe managed one more win, a birdie on No. 12, but it wasn't nearly enough. Strandemo matched Bahe's par on the next hole and nailed down the victory with a birdie win on No. 14.

KLEIN DEF. ROBLEY 5-3

Geoff Klein of St. Peter closed the gate early on Alexandria's Brian Robley. He won five holes on the front, Nos. 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 while Robley managed just one win on the par-5 No. 6.

Klein was relentless on the back nine, winning No. 10 and losing just one more hole, the par-5 No. 12, before icing the match with a win on No. 15.

DOEDEN DEF.

A. HEINEN 3-1

Justin Doeden of Prior Lake toppled Alec Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma, 3-1.

Doeden won four holes on the front, Nos. 3, 4, 7 and 8 while Heinen struck for a pair of wins on Nos. 2 and 6.

Leading by two at the turn, Doeden upped the pressure with a birdie win on No. 12. Heinen came up with a birdie of his own on the next hole but Doeden brushed it aside with an eagle on the par-5 14th to go back to 3-up.

Heinen kept the sizzling play going with a birdie win on No. 16 but Doeden closed the door with a par win on No. 17.

MEN'S DIVISION PAIRINGS

Thursday, August 1

First Tee

1:48 - Ben Vangsness vs. Tyler Whiting; Casey Vangsness vs. Grady Meyer

1:57 - Jeremy Decko vs. Mack Farley; Dylan Gergen vs. Jacques Wilson

2:06 - Nick Heinen vs. Dan Klein; Jacob Mont-plaisir vs. Austin McCulloch

2:15 - Austin Fowler vs. Thomas Strandemo; Geoff Klein vs. Justin Doeden

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