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How they’re doing now: Lehman wins eighth Senior Tour title

This is a look at how some area athletes are doing at their respective colleges or in their athletic careers. Similar pieces will run periodically through the fall, winter and spring seasons. 

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•Alexandria native Tom Lehman got back in the win column on the PGA Senior Tour this past weekend after winning the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship in Glenview, Illinois.

It took a 12-foot birdie putt to seal the deal, but he did just that and finished by birdieing three of his last four holes. Lehman finished with a two-under 70 on the final day. He shot 65-66-70 to finish 15-under over the three days with a total score of 201.

“It wasn’t my very best performance today, but it was good enough,” Lehman said in an Associated Press story by Tim Cronin. “I had a rough start and wasn’t putting like I did the first two days. It put me in a bit of a bind. After 14, I told my caddie, ‘Let’s have the best four holes of the week.’ ”

Lehman was a model of consistency for much of the tournament. He played his first 48 holes without a bogey before holes 13 and 14 at the North Shore Country Club saw him fall into a four-way tie with Kirk Triplett, Michael Allen and Doug Garwood.

Lehman knew he needed a birdie on 18 with Triplett and Allen both sitting at 14-under. Lehman said he had a perfect line on the left-to-right putt as he stepped up and sank it to win by one stroke.

“Speed was maybe a little lacking,” Lehman told reporters afterwards. “But it just crept up there and dropped. It’s always nice to make a birdie, but when you have to make a birdie…there’s no feeling quite like that.”

It was Lehman’s eighth title on the Senior Tour as the 55-year-old former British Open Champion got his first tour win since the Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the 2012 season.

•Alexandria’s Casey Vangsness was named a Golf Coaches’ Association of American honorable mention All-American on June 18 for his senior season with St. John’s University in Collegeville.

Vangsness wrapped up his career with the Johnnies by becoming a four-time All-MIAC honoree. He was named the 2014 MIAC Player of the Year after being a first-team GCAA All American in 2013.

Vangsness led the team with a 74.9 average and seven top-10 finishes this season. He had five top-five finishes and six of his 24 rounds were at par or below. Vangsness ended his career with a stroke average of 74.7 in 94 rounds. He won seven tournaments and became just the third Johnnie to earn GCAA All-Region honors in all four seasons.

Vangsness also helped St. John’s reach the NCAA Division III Championships, where the Johnnies finished 15th out of the 41-team field.

•Alexandria’s Brittany Ludwig has gone on to set a school record for the College of St. Scholastica after a successful high school career for the Cardinals in track and field.

Ludwig graduated from Jefferson High School in 2012 as a two-time state participant in discus. She completed her sophomore season with the Saints this spring and broke the school record in the discus last year with a throw of 39.89 meters. She broke her own record again this season on her way to earning All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference honors.

Ludwig has won the UMAC discus title in each of her first two seasons with the Saints.

•Alexandria’s Ben Vickstrom finished up his junior season for the Concordia College track and field team by earning a couple of top two finishes at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Outdoor Championships in May.

Vickstrom won the 200-meter dash at the meet after finishing in 22.17 seconds. He then took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05. That gave him two all-conference honors as he helped the Cobbers to an eighth-place finish in the meet. He also ran in the 4x400 team that took sixth and the 4x100 team that finished eighth at the championships.

•The Cobbers also had plenty of Alexandria natives on their 2014 baseball roster.

Jordan Domine finished his season batting .288 in 52 at-bats. Domine started 14 games this spring and finished with eight RBIs, eight runs scored and four doubles. Fellow former Cardinal Eric Carlsen started 10 games and hit .256 in 39 at-bats.

Alexandria’s Shawn Krueger wrapped up his career with Concordia by starting nine games and posting a 6-2 record on the mound. He had a 4.72 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.

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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