Resorters Golf Tournament: Four tie for medalist in Men's ChampionshipField boasts two former champs and three big winners from Junior Division
If the qualifying round is any indication of how the Resorters’ Men’s Championship Division plays out over the next four days, there will be a lot of twists, firsts and hard-nosed golf ahead.
A record-tying four golfers shared medalist honors with a round of 68. They are Chris Sholts of Alexandria, Jerry Rose of Sarasota, Florida, Casey Vangsness of Alexandria, and Dylan Gergen of Mendota Heights.
In 91-year history of the Resorters, there’s been only one other instance of “quad-medalists.” It happened under the two-day qualifying format in 1978 when four golfers tied for the low round of 142.
Most years, only one golfer attains the honor. In fact, the last time there were even co-medalists was in 2003 when Greg Peterson and Tim Duffey both carded 68s.
This year’s four medalists matched the 68 that was carded last year by Mark Giorgi of Red Wing.
The 2012 starting field of 32 hopefuls includes former champions Ben Vangsness of Alexandria, who is back to defend his title from last year, and three-time champ Rose (1979, 1983 and 2000), who is still playing razor sharp at age 54.
The field also includes three former Junior Division champions – 16-year-old Nick Heinen of Edmond, OK, who won it last year and in 2009; 19-year-old Joey Shroyer of Victoria, the 2008 winner; and 16-year-old Matt Bennett of Marshall, a 2010 champ.
Plenty of other familiar names dot the division, including Eric Peterson of Benson, the 1993 runner-up, and 18-year-old Sam Peterson of Benson, who was a semifinalist in last year’s tournament.
This year’s qualifying cutoff was the same as last year: 76. Seven golfers tied that mark with only six spots left. In the tie breaker, Jon Hafdal, Garrett Emond, Alec Heinen, Jordon Kolden, Matt Bennett and Derek Swedberg squeaked through while Brent Grossman will have to wait until next year.
With an intriguing mix of cagey veterans and promising newcomers, the stage is set for some exciting match play.
It all begins today at the No. 1 tee at high noon.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 PAIRINGS
Ben Vangsness vs. Derek Swedberg, noon
Eric Peterson vs. Jacob Montplaisir, noon
Sam Peterson vs. Grady Meyer, 12:09 p.m.
Derek Brinker vs. Brady Hafdal, 12:09 p.m.
Casey Vangsness vs. Alec Heinen, 12:18 p.m.
Charlie Braniff vs. Shay Conder, 12:18 p.m.
Dylan Gergen vs. Garrett Emond, 12:27 p.m.
Nick Heinen vs. Paul Webskowski, 12:27 p.m.
Chris Sholts vs. Matt Bennett, 12:36 p.m.
Christopher Winge vs. Collin Witiak, 12:36 p.m.
Collin Lervick vs. Tommy Brandabur, 12:45 p.m.
Kyle Bahe vs. C.J. Haukom, 12:45 p.m.
Jerry Rose vs. Jordon Kolden, 12:54 p.m.
Max Deutz vs. Joey Schroyer, 12:54 p.m.
Thomas Strandemo vs. John Hafdal, 1:03 p.m.
Bennett Black vs. Nick Brundell, 1:03 p.m.
2012 MEN’S QUALIFYING
Ben Vangsness DC
Chris Sholts 68
Jerry Rose 68
Casey Vangsness 68
Dylan Gergen 68
Thomas Strandemo 69
Collin Lervick 70
Sam Peterson 71
Derek Brinker 71
Kyle Bahe 72
Bennett Black 72
Nick Heinen 72
Charlie Braniff 73
Max Deutz 73
Christopher Winge 74
Eric Peterson 74
Jacob Montplaisir 74
Collin Witiak 74
Joey Shroyer 74
Shay Conder 75
Paul Webskowski 75
Nick Brundell 75
C.J. Haukom 75
Brady Hafdal 75
Grady Meyer 75
Tommy Brandabur 75
John Hafdal 76
Garrett Emond 76
Alec Heinen 76
Jordon Kolden 76
Matt Bennett 76
Derek Swedberg 76