The 98th Resorters Golf Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club is in the books after nine new winners of championship divisions were honored at an awards ceremony after Saturday’s finals.
The tournament went off without a delay this week as golfers and spectators took to the course under nearly perfect weather conditions. Saturday’s play featured title matches in all nine championship flights. Here is a look at all the championship winners.
Men’s Championship: Cecile Belisle of Red Wing.
Belisle is the 2019 Minnesota State High School League’s Class AA individual state champion and a two-time state champion overall. He will head to Minnesota State University-Mankato this fall to play for Alexandria native and Mavericks’ head coach Bryant Black.
Belisle beat Miles McCarthy, a junior at the University of St. Thomas, in Saturday’s title match by a 4-3 final after his par on hole 15 ended things early.
Belisle got to the championship by beating Andrew Lindberg during Saturday morning’s semifinals. McCarthy edged Thomas Lehman on Saturday morning to reach the finals.
Men’s Executive: Maple Grove’s Troy Johnson won his second straight Executive Division by beating Dan Johnson of Elk River in a 4-2 match. He finished things off with back-to-back par wins on holes 15 and 16.
Seniors: Alexandria’s Steve Herzog won his sixth Resorters championship overall by winning the Senior Division.
Herzog knocked off back-to-back champion and fellow Alexandria golfer Chris Haugen in the title match on Saturday by a 4-2 final. Herzog was 3-up at the turn and never let that lead falter as a birdie win on 14 and par win on 16 helped end things.
Masters: Alexandria’s Dave Battey won his first-ever Resorters title in more than two decades playing this tournament. Battey took the Masters championship with a 2-1 win over fellow Alexandria golfer Norty Blanchard.
Battey did it in style down the stretch. His par on 16 moved him to 2-up, and he then matched a birdie from Blanchard on the par-three 17th to finish the match a hole early.
Grand Masters: Another Alexandria golfer in Tom Eidsvold won the first-ever Grand Masters Division, which was set up for golfers older than those playing in the Masters.
Four players were in the field in Clayton Pike, Dave Harris, Gary Obele and Eidsvold. They played a round-robin format tournament, and Eidsvold finished 3-0 in his matches over the course of the week. He finished off the tournament with a 5-3 win over Obele on Saturday.
Women’s Executive: Betsy Aldrich of Minneapolis won her fifth Resorters championship overall and third in the Women’s Executive Division.
For the third straight year, Aldrich and Jodi (Krafka) Sullivan, a native of Alexandria, squared off in the finals. Aldrich won in 2017 before Sullivan took the title in 2018. Aldrich got the championship back on Saturday by winning 3-2 with birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 helping to create some separation in the match.
Womens: Leah Herzog, the recently graduated Miss Minnesota Golf Award winner from Red Wing, lost to her sister, Stephanie, in the 2018 Women’s Division championship. She avenged that on Saturday by winning the 2019 title against her cousin, Madison Herzog.
Leah won it on the 18th hole by a 1-up score when Madison missed a chip-in that she needed for any chance to extend the match. Madison conceded the hole to Leah, who was set up for a birdie putt.
Junior Divisions: Thomas Gogel of Mission Hills, Kansas and Carver Larson of Alexandria won Junior Division titles on Saturday.
Larson, seeded third after qualifying, beat top-seeded Charlie Hanson on Saturday morning in the championship match of the Junior 10-12 Division.
Gogel, seeded second in the Junior 13-15 Division, beat fourth-seeded Charlie Moen in his title round. Gogel won that match 5-4. He shot 37 on the front nine and used that to build a 5-up lead at the turn that he never came close to relinquishing.
Check back online at www.echopress.com on Monday evening for complete breakdowns of the championship matches or see the print issue of the Echo Press on Aug. 7.