Resorters Golf Tournament: Defending champ breezes in Execs
Yesterday was a great day in the Executive Men’s Division if you were cheering for an Alexandrian or a former champion.
Both Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes, last year’s titlist, and Alexandria’s Mike Lueck advanced to the semifinals.
And so did the two competitors who hope to stop them this morning – Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud and Kevin Farley of Lakeville.
The final four will tee it up this morning from No. 1 at 6:54 a.m. The winners will clash for the title at approximately 1 p.m., joining the Men’s Division finalists at the No. 1 tee.
Here’s how the action unfolded yesterday:
Peterson def. Heimsness, 7-6
It just wasn’t Eric Heimsness’ day. And when you’re playing against a red-hot defending champion, every mistake is a hole lost.
Heimsness of Woodbury found that out when he hit a rough patch of four bogeys in a row, Nos. 3 through 6, and fell four holes behind.
Heimsness recovered with a par win on No. 7 but Peterson quickly erased it with a birdie win on No. 8 and then went 5-up with a bogey win on No. 9.
After both golfers swapped pars on No. 10, Peterson punched his ticket to the semifinals with birdies on the next two holes, winning 7-6.
Hagen in 20 holes
In the division’s closest match of the day, Schomer recovered from a last-minute comeback staged by Al Hagen of Harrisburg, South Dakota to win in 20 holes.
This one was a dogfight from the start. Schomer won three holes on the front, Nos. 1, 6 and 8, with birdie, eagle, par while Hagen notched wins on Nos. 3 and 5 with par, birdie.
Schomer padded his lead to 2-up with a par on No. 12 but Hagen pulled close with a par win on the next hole. Schomer was sitting pretty after winning No. 15 with a birdie – 2-up with three holes left to play – but the match wasn’t over yet. After halving 16 with a bogey, Hagen birdied No. 17 to draw within one and then forced extra holes with a bogey win on 18.
Both golfers birdied the first extra hole before Schomer finally ended the contest with yet another birdie on No. 2.
Farley def. Johnson, 2-up
Farley never trailed in his match against Chad Johnson of Burnsville even when Johnson began to heat up on the back nine.
Farley took the lead with a birdie on the first hole and held it until Johnson took No. 4 with a bogey. Farley quickly recovered to win the next two holes with par, birdie to go 2-up. Johnson won No. 7 with par but dropped back again when Farley’s par won No. 9.
Johnson played better after that, winning Nos. 10 and 13 with pars to once again draw even. Farley fended him off with wins on the next two holes, thanks to a par and birdie, but Johnson answered with a birdie win on No. 16 to pull within one.
After they both parred the short 17th hole, Farley ended it with a par win on 18.
Lueck def. Abrahamson, 1-up
In his first two matches, Lueck never had to mount a comeback. Yesterday, was a different story.
Tom Abrahamson marched out to a quick lead, winning the first three holes with two pars and a birdie. Lueck kept chipping away, however, winning No. 4 with par and No. 7 with birdie. Abrahamson won No. 8 with birdie but Lueck kept coming back, winning Nos. 10, 12 and 13 with par, a gimmee double-eagle and another par to vault into the lead.
Abrahamson tied the match with a par on No. 14 but Lueck rallied with par wins on the next two holes to go 2-up. Abrahamson made one more run, winning No. 17 with par but could only match Lueck’s bogey on the final hole, giving a Lueck a 1-up victory.
EXECUTIVE MEN’S DIVISION
Tim Peterson def. Eric Heimsness, 7-6
Daryl Schomer def. Al Hagen in 20 holes
Kevin Farley def. Chad Johnson, 2-up
Mike Lueck def. Tom Abrahamson, 1-up
6:54 a.m. – Peterson vs. Schomer; Farley vs. Lueck