Resorters Golf Tournament: Lasch knocks off two-time champion in Masters' DivisionFormer champs Clayton, Cliff still standing
The Men’s Masters Division saw Alexandria’s Tom Eidsvold win in 20 holes and two-time Resorters champion Dave Harris of Alexandria fall to 14th-seeded Dick Lasch of Circle Pines on Wednesday.
Perennial powers Ron Clayton of Sarasota, Florida and Mankato’s George Cliff also rolled through their opponents to join the group of players who punched their ticket to the quarterfinals. Here’s a look at how they got there.
Clayton led from the get-go after birdying his first hole of the day on No. 10 against Lakeville’s Butch Berg.
That was just the beginning of another steady round for the eight-time Resorters champion. Clayton birdied 12 and earned par wins at 13, 14 and 15 to push his lead to 5-up.
That’s how they went onto the front before a birdie on No. 1 extended Clayton’s lead to six. It was trimmed down to five before he ended things on No. 5 with his fifth birdie of the day.
L. PetersEn def. Golden, 6-5
Albert Lea’s Larry Petersen will get a crack at Clayton today after he upended Alexandria’s Mike Golden 6-5 on Wednesday.
Petersen took his first lead of the day with a birdie win on 12. That got his day going as he added par wins on three of the next four holes before a birdie win on 18 sent him to the front leading by five holes.
Golden answered with a birdie win of his own on No. 1. That proved to be the only hole he would take all day as Petersen put things away with par wins on Nos. 2 and 4.
Eidsvold def. Pike, 20-holes
Eidsvold needed a late rally to force a playoff before taking down Clayton Pike of Billings, Montana.
Eidsvold trailed by two with two holes remaining before Pike opened the door for him with back-to-back bogeys. Eidsvold took advantage with a couple pars that forced extras.
Pike saw a valiant comeback attempt fall just short. He trailed by three after 10 holes but won the next four to make things interesting down the stretch.
J. Peterson def. Keilty, 3-1
Benson’s Jerry Peterson knocked off fifth-seeded Robert Keilty of LaJolla, California with back-to-back wins on Nos. 7 and 8.
Peterson was clinging to a 1-hole lead after a birdie win on No. 2. That’s how things stayed as the two players halved the next four holes before Peterson parred No. 7 and took a bogey win on No. 8 to win it 3-1.
Cliff took advantage of a rough day for Maple Grove’s Dick Montroy to win 8-6 on Wednesday afternoon.
Montroy took an early lead after the first hole before Cliff rattled off six straight wins on the back. Three of those came on pars and three more on bogeys. He added another par win on the 18th to take a 6-hole lead onto the front.
Cliff didn’t waste any time ending it after that. Both players parred No. 1 before par wins on Nos. 2 and 3 ended it after 12 holes.
New Hope’s Jim Rieder was in control from start to finish in a 7-5 win over Richfield’s Kenneth Winge.
Rieder took a 4-hole lead onto the front and put Winge away with four straight wins once he got there. Rieder parred Nos. 1 and 2 before a bogey was good for a win on the 3rd. Another bogey by Winge allowed Rieder to end it on the 13th hole with a par win.
Lasch used a momentum-changing hole on No. 16 to even things up with Harris and eventually come away with a 1-up win.
Harris stuck his approach shot within a couple feet of the pin on 16 and looked to be in position to move to 2-up. Lasch had other plans as he chipped in for birdie from the fringe. Harris followed by missing his birdie putt, allowing Lasch to take the hole and even things back up.
Lasch never trailed again after that. Both players parred the next two holes before a bogey win at 1 and a par win at 2 put Lasch 2-up. Harris was able to get one back with a par win at No. 5. He couldn’t get any closer than that as the two split wins on Nos. 7 and 8 before pushing on 18 to give Lasch the 1-up win.
George Mikesh used a couple of quick wins on the front to move to 3-up and never look back in a 4-3 win over Becker’s Gary Obele.
Mikesh led by one at the turn after par wins at Nos. 17 and 18. That would be the first of five straight wins for him as he took No. 1 with a birdie, 2 with a bogey and 3 with a par to take control of the match. Obele got one back with a bogey win on No. 5, but a par win on 6 advanced Mikesh to the quarterfinals.
Ron Clayton def. Butch Berg, 6-4
Larry Petersen def. Mike Golden, 6-5
Tom Eidsvold def. Clayton Pike, 20-holes
Jerry Peterson def. Robert Keilty, 3-1
George Cliff def. Dick Montroy, 8-6
Jim Rieder def. Kenneth Winge, 7-5
Dick Lasch def. Dave Harris, 1-up
George Mikesh def. Gary Obele, 4-3
Noon – Clayton vs. L. Petersen;
Eidsvold vs. J. Peterson
12:09 – Cliff vs. Rieder; Lasch vs. Mikesh