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Resorters: Adams goes for a second straight title, Michael Herzog looks to take down the champ in Men’s Regs

Men's Regulars semifinal recap.

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Michael Herzog chips up to the 11th green from behind a tree on the left side of the fairway on Aug. 5, 2021. Herzog beat Jake Erickson to advance to the Men's Regular Division championship round on Saturday. He will take on defending champion Nicholas Adams, who beat Brandon Bistodeau 3-1. (Jared Rubado Alexandria Echo Press)

The Men’s Regular 1st flight finals are set, and Nicholas Adams will be going for a second straight championship in the division.

Adams won a 3-1 contest over Alexandria’s Brandon Bistodeau in the final four on Friday. Michael Herzog will join Adams from the first tee box at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday to decide who will walk away with a championship.

Here is a look at how both got to the finals.

Herzog def. Erickson, 3-2

Jake Erickson took down the division medalist on Thursday with a 4-2 win over Tyler Wanous, but he couldn’t repeat that magic against Michael Herzog on Friday.

Herzog got a par win at No. 1 before Erickson’s birdie at 2 evened the match back up. Herzog built a 2-up advantage with par wins at 4 and 6, but again Erickson answered to even the match with a par win at 7 and a birdie win at 11.

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That’s when Herzog took control. His eagle win at 12 jumpstarted a run of three wins over the next four holes. A birdie win on 14 and a par win at 15 helped him to 3-up as Herzog shot 3-under par through his seven holes on the back nine to secure the win.

Adams def. Bistodeau, 3-1

Adams had a similar match against Bistodeau in that neither player could really separate themself from the other by too much.

It was all square after a Bistodeau birdie win at No. 12, but Adams immediately responded. His par at 13 moved him to 1-up, and a birdie win at 14 was the separation he needed to secure the win. He added par wins at 1, 3 and 10 around a bogey win at 4. Bistodeau parred Nos. 2 and 9 for wins, while adding a second birdie win at the par-5 6th hole.

SATURDAY MEN’S REGULAR DIVISION PAIRING -- 1ST HOLE
8:10 A.M. -- Michael Herzog vs. Nicholas Adams
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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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