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Don Berry of Edinburgh USA was the top pro in the field on July 28 as he shot a 67 to win the 2013 Pro-Am at the Alexandria Golf Club. The Pro-Am, which had 32 teams in this year's field consisting of three amateur golfers playing in a group with a pro, had three pros finish in the 60s in almost perfect weather conditions on Sunday. Scott McDonald of the Minnewaska Golf Club and Mike Barge of the Hazeltine Golf Club each shot 69 to finish tied for second behind Berry. Berry had a 34 on the front and a 33 on the back and finished with a bogey-free round. He had birdies on Nos.
Alexandria driver Jeff Crouse wrapped up a feature win to take home 35 points in the Super Stock Feature at the Viking Speedway during racing action this past Saturday night. Crouse edged out Cory Tammen of Fargo in that feature. Rocky Yeats of Hoffman finished third, while Alexandria's Cody Lee took fifth. With the win, Crouse upped his points total to 579. He's six points up in the Super Stock standings over Jon Stepan of Brandon. Lee is 46 points behind in third place. Travis Saurer of Elizabeth had a big night of his own.
Alexandria's John Vogeler has had the life of a traveling salesman this summer. Here one day, gone the next, all with the hope of selling himself for the future, while preparing for the present. "It was very much of a grind," Vogeler said as the final days of summer ticked away this past Monday.
The Alexandria Post 87 Legion baseball team wrapped up a productive summer with a dramatic win over Cold Spring that helped them go 1-2 at the Division I state tournament this past weekend. Post 87 ran into a couple of strong pitchers in the losses as they fell 4-1 to the St. Cloud Chutes in game three. That came after a 3-0 loss to Burnsville and future University of Minnesota pitcher Tyler Hanson. "You never want to go down there and go 0-2," head coach Jake Munsch said. "Once you get to that point, you obviously have high expectations to do well, but every win from then on is a bonus.
The Alexandria VFW 16s tuned up for the state tournament by hosting an exhibition game against a team comprised of two players from each district team at Knute Nelson ballpark this past Friday. Alexandria won the game 11-4 behind five pitchers who didn't allow an earned run. Danny Kuhn, Cole McLaughlin, Kris Setterstrom, Micah Hedstrom and Grant Hockert all threw in the game as they combined to strike out 12 and allow just six hits. Setterstrom and Hockert also had back-to-back doubles in a six-run seventh inning.
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.
A match-up between two former champions should require the winner to make some pressure birdie putts and that's exactly what happened as St. Cloud's Daryl Schomer won his second straight Men's Executive Division title on Saturday. Schomer locked up with Tim Peterson of Lino Lakes, the 2011 champion, in a match where neither player led by more than two holes at any point. In the end, Schomer knocked in birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 for what proved to be the difference in a 1-up win. "Congrats to Tim Peterson," Schomer said as he accepted his trophy in the awards ceremony after the win.
The Carlos Cougars are perfect to this point in the season, but they still haven't accomplished what they set out for at the beginning of the summer. That road starts tonight when the Cougars open up the Region 14C tournament at home in an 8 p.m. game against Hi-10 West representative Detroit Lakes. Make no mistake; Carlos is thrilled to be 16-0 after rallying for a 5-4 win over Clarissa to take the Resorters East tournament title this past Sunday. But the Cougars are a veteran bunch that always has their sights set on playing well at a region tournament.
The Alexandria VFW 16s have played 41 games this summer and they have a few more to look forward to after securing a spot in the VFW state tournament with a 16-5 win over Starbuck on Tuesday night. Alexandria led Starbuck 11-5 in the sixth inning on Monday when rain suspended the game in Spicer. They resumed play at the Minnewaska Area High School field on Tuesday and Alexandria scored five more to earn its trip to state and erase the memory of a 3-2 loss in game one of the championship on Monday. "I've seen this team have many more good games than bad," head coach Orin Schueler said.
The Alexandria Legion baseball team has shown an ability to battle back all summer, so it was only fitting that Post 87 did it one more time on their way to a Division I Legion state tournament berth. Alexandria got a two-run home run from Cody McLaughlin in the first inning of Monday night's title game against Bemidji but still trailed 4-2 after one.