Almost $5 million is now available to support landowners in meeting the requirements of Minnesota's buffer law, according to the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District. The buffer cost-share program funds were approved at the June meeting of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. These Clean Water Funds were passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton at the end of the 2017 legislative session. Douglas SWCD will be receiving a total of $25,000 to provide cost-share for landowners to establish buffers which are required by law.
Zachary Stennes couldn't quite keep up with the defending champion Bennett Olsen in Saturday's Junior 10-12 Division championship match. Olsen parred all seven holes the two competitors played, so three Stennes bogeys were enough for Olsen to take the 3-2 win. Last year's 10-12 championship was between the same two players, with the same result. "It felt pretty good going into today knowing I beat him last year," Olsen said. "All I had to do was make pars, and my putter was pretty good."
The four semifinalists in the Men's Senior Division were cut down to two Friday, and they're both from right here in Alexandria. The first, fourth-seeded Steve Herzog, beat Rick Vanyo 5-3. Vanyo, of Circle Pines, was coming off his big Thursday win in which he knocked out the defending champion of the division, Greg Mattson, but Herzog was quick to chop down Vanyo's momentum Friday and held him to just one win in the match.
Top seeded Parker Hill and seventh seeded Joseph Bigger will meet for the Men's Regular Division first flight finals Saturday morning with a 7:30 tee time. Hill, hailing from Maple Grove, proved his worth as the No. 1 seed by beating No. 16 Ted LaFave, No. 8 Nate Martin and No. 4 Nicholas Adams on the way to the finals. Bigger, on the other hand, had to upset No. 2 Mitchell Rice in the quarterfinals after beating Jordan Krulik in the opening round and Vinson McStott in the semifinals.
Top-seeded Carson Herron was eliminated in the semifinals last year in the tournament, but he wasn't about to let it happen again on Thursday as he jumped to a 3-up lead after five holes and sailed to a 3-2 win over Gabe McKeown, the fourth seed from Lenexa, Kansas. Herron's opponent in Saturday's finals will be Davis Johnson. Johnson defeated Blake Stedronsky in his semifinal match in 19 holes. Herron and Johnson tee off at noon from hole 1 today. Here's a closer look at how they got there. Herron def. McKeown, 3-2
The competition is getting steep in the Junior 10-12 Division, as both semifinal matchups went at least the full nine holes before the winners were determined. Both matchups came down to who'd done it before. Let's get right into how the semis played out. Olsen def. Lillehaugen, 1-up Bennett Olsen, the defending champion out of Alexandria, was 2-up after 15 holes, but Apple Valley's Christian Lillehaugen tied it up with par wins on Nos. 16 and 17 by taking advantage of a couple tough holes for Olsen.
After three straight seasons as runner up in the Women's Regular Division, Jenna Janu is making another run at the title this week. She was tagged as the seventh seed with a qualifying score of 77, but upset the second seed, Alayna Eldred of Osakis, on Thursday by a 3-2 decision. She'll match up against third seeded Sophia Yoemans, who cruised to a 6-5 win over Olivia Klefsaas Thursday afternoon. The matchup at the top of the bracket was a battle between Herzogs, and Maddie, the top seed, bested her cousin, Stephanie, in a 2-up, 18-hole win.
And then there were four. That's all that is left standing in the Senior Men's division after Thursday's matches, and thanks to Rick Vanyo, there will be a new champion this year, as he eliminated defending champ Greg Mattson of Becker 1-up after 19 holes. The other three matches featured a J.T. Johnson 1-up win in 19 holes, a close 2-1 decision in Steve Herzog's favor over Tom Ryan and a 4-3 Chris Haugen win over Pete Rockers. Here's a deeper look into how the matches went. VANYO DEF. MATTSON, EXTRA HOLES
The Junior 10-12 and 13-15 Divisions are back in action today with their semifinal rounds after getting the day off on Friday. The younger division begins at 9:09 from hole 10, while 13-15s start at noon from hole 1. Let's take a look back at how each player made the final four. Junior 13-15 Carson Herron cruised through his qualifying round, carding a 74 to take the No. 1 seed. On his way to the semifinals, he beat Dylan Nelko of Plymouth and Sam Geller of St. Cloud.
Resorters encourages golfers to return year after year to reunite with friends and family and play some golf. The Herzogs epitomize that concept by making the week into a mini family reunion. Seven Herzogs, four women and three men, came this week to participate in the tournament. Having that number of family members in one golf tournament might seem like a lot, but when considering how golf goes with the Herzogs, it's not all that surprising.