Either Chris Haugen or Steve Herzog will have to make more room in their Resorters’ trophy case today.
Haugen, a 2-up winner over Mark Lindberg in the Men’s Senior semi-finals yesterday, is eyeing his third straight division title.
Herzog, who scraped out a 21-hole win over Greg Mattson of Becker Friday, owns Resorters trophies from 1984 (Men’s Division), 1992 (Executive), 1993 (Men’s Division), 2012 (Men’s Senior) and 2013 (Men’s Senior).
There will be a feeling of deja vu when the two Alexandrians square off for the 2019 title today at approximately 12:30 p.m. from the No. 1 tee.
They went head-to-head in the finals in 2017 and it was a memorable encounter – Haugen won it in 19 holes.
Here’s a look back at Friday’s down-to-the-wire matches:
Haugen def. Lindberg, 2-up
In a well-played extremely tight match, Alexandria’s Haugen found some momentum on the back nine and rode it to a 2-up win over Lindberg of Coppell, Texas.
They each won two holes on the front – Lindberg on Nos. 1 and 4 with birdie par, and Haugen on Nos. 4 and 7 with bogey, birdie.
“I won 10 and 11 and it was kind of a turning point because I was 2-up,” Haugen said after the big win.
After both golfers swapped birdies and pars on the next two holes, it appeared that Haugen was poised to go 3-up on the par-5 14th. He hit a great shot and was on the green in two while Lindberg was still 100 yards out after two. But Lindberg knocked his third shot just six inches from the cup for a gimme birdie and Haugen could only make par.
After bogeys on No. 15, Haugen drained a birdie putt on 16 to go 2-up. Lindberg responded with a birdie on the par-3 17th to force the match to the 18th, which Haugen won with par.
“It was a good match,” Haugen said. “I was just fortunate to come out on top.”
Haugen shot an even-par round while Lindberg was 4-over.
Herzog def. Mattson in 21 holes
No golfer led by more than a hole in the Herzog-Mattson dogfight.
Herzog took the first lead with a birdie on No. 1 but Mattson tied it with a par on No. 3 and surged ahead with another par win on No. 5. Herzog tied it with a birdie on the par-5 No. 6 and the score stood after they matched 4s on the next three holes to close out the front.
The “4” streak continued on the first two holes on the back before Mattson took No. 12 with a birdie to take the lead for the second time.
It was short-lived, however. Herzog came right back with a par win on No. 13. Both golfers ran into trouble on the next hole, settling for double-bogeys. After swapping pars on No. 15, Herzog jumped back into the lead with a par win on the 16th hole.
Both golfers made par on the short 17th, setting up a do-or-die for Mattson on No. 18. Mattson did it, making par to force extra holes.
They halved the first two overtime holes before Mattson’s putt lipped out on the third extra hole, giving Herzog the win.