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Alexandria’s Jerry Rose watches his chip shot onto the ninth green at the Alexandria Golf Club on Sunday afternoon. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Rose cruises to a club championship at AGC

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Jerry Rose defeated Chris Haugen 5-4 on a blustery Sunday to become the 2014 Alexandria Golf Club men’s champion.

The victory solidified the first AGC Club Championship for Rose since he won two of them in the mid-2000s. Rose had played in one club championship between now and his last title, when Haugen defeated him in the finals.

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But this year the fortunes had switched for Rose. He was happy with his ability to shoot a low score through some gusty winds that were playing tricks with his irons.

“I’m pretty satisfied with the way I scored,’ Rose said. “I didn’t hit the ball that great with the irons into the greens, but I kept it in the right spot so I had the chance to get up and down.”

Rose picked up two match victories on Saturday over Donnacha O’Connor and Derek Swedberg to put him in the championship flight finals against Haugen. He was able to card some low scores Saturday with ideal golfing conditions.

“I played really well yesterday,” Rose said. “I think I was nine-under-par through the 25 holes I played.”

Haugen played his way to the finals by defeating both Clair Angland and Nick Paulsen in matches on Saturday.

Rose said he has played in more tournaments this summer than in any year past. This has prepared him for the tough competition at the upcoming Resorters Golf Tournament next week.

So far Rose has been happy with his golf game this season, but he will not let that put his guard down.

“I’ve had a pretty good year,” Rose said. “Golf is such a fickle game, about the time you think you’ve got it going well it jumps up and grabs you.”

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

RESULTS

FINALS - SUNDAY

Jerry Rose def. Chris Haugen, 5-4

FIRST ROUND

SATURDAY

Chris Haugen def. Clair Angland

Nick Paulsen def. Chris Wessel

Jerry Rose def. Donnacha O’Connor

Derek Swedberg def. Cody Hvezda

SECOND ROUND

SATURDAY

Chris Haugen def. Nick Paulsen, 1 up

Jerry Rose def. Derek Swedberg, 6-5

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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