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Junior 13-15: Final hole gives Swedberg a title

Ryan Swedberg clinched the Junior 13-15 Division Championship last Saturday on the final hole in a razor thin victory over Andrew Lindberg of Coppell, Texas.

The battle for the championship featured lead changes all afternoon, and neither golfer held more than a 1-stroke lead in the entire match.

"Hats off to Andrew Lindberg," Swedberg said during the awards ceremony. "He played an excellent match today. It was a lot of fun, and he played really well."

Swedberg, a resident of Monterey, California, started the match 1-up thanks to a par on No. 1. He lost the lead when Lindberg shot a par on No. 3, but regained his advantage with a bogey on No. 4.

The first lead of the day for Lindberg came after he shot two birdies on Nos. 5 and 6. But Swedberg battled back and tied the match with a bogey on No. 7.

The two remained deadlocked for the next seven straight holes.

Lindberg finally took the lead on No. 15 with a par, but that ended up being his final win of the day. Swedberg shot a birdie on the next hole to tie the match.

With both golfers tied heading into the final hole, Swedberg shot a par to become the division champion.

The road to the championship match was fairly easy for Swedberg. After taking a 4-3 victory over Ben Sigel in the quarterfinals, his semifinal opponent withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.

There will not be a defending champion in the Junior 13-15 Division next year. As a 15-year-old, Swedberg would advance to the Men's Division next year.

JUNIOR 13-15


Ryan Swedberg def. Andrew Lindberg, 1-up

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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