Resorters Golf Tournament: Top two seeds advance in Junior DivisionPeter Dierks and Sam Rice will play in today's semifinals
The top two seeds in the Junior 13-15 Division took care of business with relative ease in the opening round of match play on Tuesday.
Medalist Peter Dierks of Leawood, Kansas won a stretch of five straight holes on his way to a 6-5 win over Sam Rice of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Second-seeded Sam Franklin of Maple Grove was done even faster as he took care of Alexandria’s Bridget Amundson in an 8-7 match.
The Junior 13-15 Division will play for a spot in the semifinals this morning when the first group tees off from No. 10 at 8:39.
Dierks def. Rice 6-5
Dierks and Rice were even after the first three holes on the back before Dierks used a stretch of five straight pars to secure a comfortable lead.
Rice was able to get one back on the 18th but a par win on No. 2 and a bogey win on No. 4 wrapped things up for Dierks. He was steady throughout the day, carding 12 straight pars before the bogey on four put him at 1-over through 13 holes.
Bigger def. Terwilliger 6-5
Dierks will take on a formidable foe in the quarterfinals after Alexandria’s Lukas Bigger beat Edina’s Bobby Terwilliger 6-5 on Tuesday.
Bigger was a consistent scorer for the Cardinal boys’ golf team this past spring as only a freshman. He shot an 82 in qualifying but was dialed in early on in the opening round of match play.
Bigger won the first four holes over Terwilliger to take all the momentum right off the bat. Two of those came after birdies on Nos. 10 and 13. That helped him shoot 1-under on the back before par wins on Nos. 1 and 3 helped him end it after both players birdied No. 4.
Sigel def. Brundell 4-3
Deephaven’s Ben Sigel built an early lead and never relinquished it in a 4-3 win over Devin Brundell of Alexandria.
Sigel won his first two holes with pars and took a bogey win on No. 14 to move to 3-up. He added to that with three straight wins on Nos. 16, 17 and 18 to take all the momentum before putting things away on the front.
Things were a lot closer in a tight match between Andrew Lindberg of Coppell, Texas and Monterey, California’s Ryan Swedberg.
It took all 18 before Lindberg and Swedberg halved No. 9 to give Lindberg the 1-up victory. He had led by three with just three holes left before Swedberg made things interesting with back-to-back wins on Nos. 7 and 8.
Neither player could create much distance through their first nine holes on the back. Lindberg took a 1-up lead on No. 11 and held that before Swedberg evened things back up on No. 14. He took his only lead of the day with a win on 16. Lindberg answered back though, taking back-to-back wins on Nos. 17 and 18 to gain some momentum that carried over onto the front.
B. Amundson 8-7
Franklin took the first five holes from Amundson and never wavered on his way to an 8-7 win.
He built that lead to 6-up with a par win on No. 18. His only birdie came on No. 1 before he added another par win on No. 2 to wrap things up early.
Alexandria’s Cole Haugen overcame a double bogey on No. 13 by winning four of the next five holes to take a commanding lead on his way to a 5-4 win over Glenwood’s Brett Buckingham.
Haugen used pars to win all four of those holes on his way to shooting 39 on the back. He birdied Nos. 1 and 2 for two more wins before both players double bogeyed No. 6 to end the match.
N. Amundson 1-up
A couple of Alexandria students locked up in a close match that eventually saw Gage Grimes win 1-up over Natalie Amundson.
Amundson was the third seed coming into the day after she shot 79 on Monday. Grimes shot 86 that day but had a little bit more when it mattered most on Tuesday.
He took a 2-hole lead after a birdie on No. 11. Amundson answered back with par wins on Nos. 12 and 14. A birdie for her on the par-3 17th made things even again before Grimes went 1-up onto the front with a par win.
Amundson again answered back with a birdie on No. 1. She then took the lead on No. 4 with a par. The two shared wins over the next two holes as Amundson tried to hang onto the 1-up lead.
Grimes stepped up to take it away from her over the final three holes. Amundson opened the door with bogeys on 7 and 8 and Grimes took advantage with pars to take the lead back. He held on to that lead on No. 9 as both players parred.
Kranz def. Zosel,
Carter Kranz of Sauk Centre needed an extra hole but he got the job done against Morris’ Jacob Zosel.
Kranz came in as the 6th seed after shooting an 80 on Monday. Zosel shot an 85 in qualifying and bounced back the next day to give his opponent a scare. Kranz will now move on to face Grimes with a trip to the semifinals on the line.
JUNIOR 13-15 DIVISION
Peter Dierks def. Sam Rice, 6-5
Lukas Bigger def. Bobby Terwilliger, 6-5
Ben Sigel def. Devin Brundell, 4-3
Andrew Lindberg def. Ryan Swedberg, 1-up
Sam Franklin def. Bridget Amundson, 8-7
Cole Haugen def. Brett Buckingham, 5-4
Gage Grimes def. Natalie Amundson, 1-up
Carter Kranz def. Jacob Zosel, 19-holes
8:39 a.m. – Dierks vs. Bigger; Sigel vs. Lindberg
8:48 a.m. – Franklin vs. Haugen; Grimes vs. Kranz