Tom Eidvold is now two-for-two in Grand Master Division titles since the field was introduced in 2019. On Saturday, he beat George Cliff to win his fourth Resorters championship. He also won back-to-back Master Division titles in 2012 and 2013.

Eidsvold started by winning four of the first five holes with pars before taking a five-hole lead to the back nine. He shot two-over-par on the first nine holes on Saturday.

Cliff started to make a comeback while his back was against the wall. Trailing by six, Cliff won three straight holes before Eidsvold made par on No. 15 for the win.

“A match is a match,” Eidsvold said. “We start on the first tee, and we obviously want to win. Whenever it ends, we are just as much friends as when we started. I consider George and every player in this division a great friend of mine. I love the time I get to share with these people during this week.”

George Cliff hits from the ninth fairway during his Grand Master final against Tom Eidsvold on Saturday afternoon. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)
George Cliff hits from the ninth fairway during his Grand Master final against Tom Eidsvold on Saturday afternoon. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

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Eidsvold was happy about the win but knew it couldn’t have come without the work that the Alexandria Golf Club put into the Resorters behind the scenes.

“The people, staff and volunteers worked so hard to make sure that they got everything done in a safe way for us to play,” Eidsvold said. “This course was in great shape. It always is. From the groundskeepers to the clubhouse crew, everybody did a spectacular job. It’s just an awesome place to be.”

The Grand Master Division is growing. In its first year, there were four competitors in a round-robin format. This time, the field doubled to eight. Eidsvold encourages more people his age to come out and play.

“Even though this division was started a year ago, we want to do everything we can to keep it going,” Eidsvold said. “It seems like more people are keeping in better shape and playing sports at a later age. That’s what makes it fun. Who knows, maybe we’ll have a 100-year-old division someday, and I’ll play in that.”