Senior Men's Division: Empanger wins seventh Resorters titleSaturday he won his second straight Senior crown
Hoisting a trophy at the end of Resorters week has become more than routine for Chaska’s Jon Empanger – it’s become expected.
Like he has six times in the past, Empanger delivered again in 2010 with his second straight Senior Division championship. It’s the fourth straight Resorters title for the Island View Golf Club member after taking Executive Division championships in 2007 and 2008.
His win over Becker’s Greg Mattson in this year’s Senior final did not come easy. It took all 18 holes to decide it as the two went into the 18th all even before Empanger scored a par victory to wrap up the match.
That put the finishing touches on what was a back-and-forth round. Neither player led by more than one hole throughout the day. Empanger struck first with a par win on No. 4. Mattson answered right back with a par and a birdie on Nos. 5 and 6 to take a 1-up lead.
It’s a lead that lasted until the 9th. Empanger made the turn with a par win in his back pocket to even things up.
The drama only intensified once they hit the back nine. The two players had an answer for every hole the other took. Mattson struck first with a win on 11 before a birdie on 12 for Empanger evened things up again. Two holes later, Empanger struck with another birdie win only to be followed with a Mattson birdie on the 15th.
Empanger proved to be a little steadier down the stretch. He took another lead with a par on the 16th, but Mattson wasn’t finished. His birdie on the par 3, 17th set up an intense 18th hole. Empanger knows how to close out titles in this tournament, though. He did it again when he made par after Mattson opened the door with a bogey.
Another year, another title for the perennial champ.
Jon Empanger def. Greg Mattson, 1-up