Resorters: A putting win at last light; Last year’s Men’s Championship runner up wins annual putting contest

Resorters putting contest recap.

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Josh Galvin of Maple Grove (left) and Sam Jenson of Alexandria took first and second place, respectively, in the putting contest at the annual Resorters Golf Tournament in Alexandria on Wednesday night. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

Josh Galvin of Maple Grove clinched a win in the annual putting contest during the Resorters Golf Tournament on Wednesday night, and it came just in the nick of time.

What started as a cloudy, cool evening, with an orange hue in the sky, led to a dark and damp night. The last battle for the annual Resorters Golf Tournament putting contest on Wednesday night began just after the sun tucked itself below the fairway and a slight drizzle set in.

The dark and rain had little to no effect on Josh Galvin, an 18-year-old from Maple Grove who was the runner-up in the Men’s Championship Division to Austin Vukovits in 2020. Galvin was able to earn a win in a close head-to-head final over Alexandria’s Sam Jenson.

“The dark didn’t bother us,” Galvin said. “We both have been playing the green for a while today, so we knew the breaks pretty well.”

Sportsmanship was alive and well between the two as they each exchanged ‘good jobs,’ ‘congratulations’ and ‘good putt’ in-between holes.


The top four competitors: Galvin, Jenson, Rylee Larson, and Luke Resler will receive gift certificates to the golf club’s pro-shop. The amount depends on their tournament ranking.

Galvin is definitely no stranger to golf, as he has been playing for the last 10 years and studies golf at North Dakota State University. This is also his third year competing at the Resorters.

“Golf helps me relax. It’s an individual-based game which I like because the only person I have to rely on is myself,” Galvin said.

Galvin is thankful for the win and hopes to use his prize to get some Resorters gear.

“It feels good to win,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing what the pro-shop has to offer."

Galvin is hopeful that the solid putting is a sign of things to come again on Thursday. He faces top-seeded Donald Constable in the round of 16 as he tries to pull off the upset and advance to the quarterfinals.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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