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Masters Division: Eidsvold wins second straight title

Alexandria's Tom Eidsvold watched his putt during Thursday's championship-flight action in the Masters Division. Eidsvold is a Resorters regular who just wrapped up his second straight title. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

Alexandria's Tom Eidsvold had to wait 57 years to capture his first-ever Resorters Golf Tournament title. He didn't have to wait near as long to earn his second.

The Resorters veteran made it back-to-back championships in the Masters Division on Saturday as he took down another perennial contender in Sarasota, Florida's Ron Clayton. It was close until the end, but a 14-foot birdie putt on 18 helped Eidsvold seal the deal and hold off an eight-time Resorters champion in a 2-up match.

"I putted very well today," said Eidsvold. "When you can putt, it makes the game a lot easier."

Eidsvold and Clayton are not only competitors. They're friends. Clayton stays with the Eidsvold family when he plays in the Resorters. "It's such a great tournament -- a family tournament," said Eidsvold. "You get a chance to play with old friends every year."

Eidsvold had to dig himself out of an early hole after falling behind by two holes after three. Clayton used a par win on No. 1 and a bogey win on 3 to grab that early lead before Eidsvold chipped away with a par win on No. 4. Things stood at a 1-up lead for Clayton until Eidsvold broke through with a par win on eight to help send things into the turn all square.

Both players parred their first two holes on the back, and it was Clayton who struck first with a birdie win on 12 to regain the lead. It didn't last long. Eidsvold had an answer every time Clayton tried to grab the momentum. He used a par win at 13 to even things up before a birdie on No. 14 gave him his first lead of the day.

Then on 16, he created a little bit of breathing room with a par win that gave him a 2-up advantage. Clayton responded with a win of his own on 17, but it wasn't quite enough to keep Eidsvold from winning his second straight title.




August 3, 2013

Eidsvold def. Clayton, 2-up

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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