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The Men's Division always features 32 tightly contested golfers, and that proved true again on Wednesday as 31st-seeded Andrew Lindberg knocked off second-seeded Ryan Gallagher for the first big upset in the division. Lindberg, from Coppell, Texas, did so in rather convincing fashion too with a 5-4 win. His reward is a match up with Nick Jarrett of Rochester. Here's a look at how all 16 players in the Men's Division got to this point. N. HEINEN DEF. LIND, 7-6
The top four seeds in the Women's Division lived up to their billing on Wednesday as Brianna Janu, Kate Smith, Ale Arellano and Jenna Janu all punched their ticket to Thursday's quarterfinals. Some matches were closer than others among those top four seeds. Here's a look at how all eight of the women left standing got to this point. B. JANU DEF. SYVERSON, 5-4 Glenwood Brianna Janu pulled away on the back nine against Alexandria's Nancy Syverson as the defending champ cruised to a 5-4 win.
A family is mourning the loss of a father, friend and husband, while the community around them lost one of its greatest leaders this past Saturday. Members of the Hoffman, Kensington, Elbow Lake, Wendell and Barrett area that make up the West Central Area school district were trying to cope with the death of a man whom many called the face of WCA after the Knights' dean of students and activities director Pat Anderson was killed in a utility vehicle crash near Kensington on July 30.
Graham Reiber of West Chester, Ohio, spent some time with his family fishing on Lake Darling over the Fourth of July where he pulled in some nice sunfish from the dock with the help of his father, Ryan.
Liz and Adam Shiek moved to the area two years ago and were able to get their young son, Dominic, out on the water for the first time fishing on July 17. It proved to be a memorable trip on Lake Miltona. The family was fishing with Lindy Rigs at about 2 p.m. when Adam latched into a walleye that will go on the wall. The fish was measured at Christopherson Bait in Alexandria at 30 inches with a 16.5-inch girth.
The unpredictability of match play struck in the Senior Division on Tuesday as top-seeded and defending champion AJ Kluver of Alexandria fell to 32nd seed Bob Falls of Scottsdale, Arizona. It took a playoff, but Falls got the job done with a par on the first extra hole to live to see the round of 16 in the championship flight. "AJ is one heck of a nice guy and a tremendous golfer," Falls said. "I feel lucky to have won because AJ had an off day, I think. I was fortunate; very fortunate."
Last year's Men's Division champion Nick Heinen of Edmond Oklahoma isn't showing any signs of rust. In fact, he turned in a shining performance during Tuesday's qualifying — a medalist round of 65, four strokes better than last year's best qualifying round of 69. Like he's done in the past, he leaned on his game off the tee box to get him going.
Buffalo's Dave Carothers just missed winning an Executive Division title in 2014, falling to Jeff Johnson of Chaska in a 2-1 match in the championship. Now Carothers has set himself up to try to make another run at his first championship. Carothers earned the second seed to defending champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud on Monday by shooting a 71 in qualifying. Carothers birdied Nos. 1, 12 and 14 and bogeyed Nos. 2 and 10 to come in at one-under par. He'll take on Scott Goodmanson of Buffalo in the first round of match play on Wednesday.
Glenwood's Brianna Janu is the returning women's champion and entrenched as the top seed in this year's field, but she'll have plenty of quality competition to go through if she's going to repeat. A lot of familiar faces are back in the championship flight that gets going today at 1:48 p.m. from the first tee box, while newcomers made an impressive showing during Monday's qualifying round too.
The Alexandria VFW 16s were charging in the fifth inning of the District 5 championship at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Monday night. The 16s had whittled a 7-0 deficit down...