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Resorters: Former pro Donald Constable shoots 11-under through two rounds to take top seed in Men's Championship

Former Men's champion and 7-year pro returns to the Resorters Tournament in Alexandria at a different place in life.

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Minnetonka's Donald Constable watches his tee shot off of the No. 1 box during his second qualifying round on Aug. 3, 2021 in the Resorters Men's Championship Division. Constable shot an 11-under par 133 through his two rounds to go into the match-play portion of the tournament as the top seed. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

Minnetonka’s Donald Constable has fond memories of his run to the Men’s Division championship at the Resorters Tournament in 2010 during the middle of his college career.

That was a much different time in Constable’s life. Today, he and his wife, Melissa, have a 16-month old son with them in Alexandria. Their son is the fifth Donald in the Constable family.

“Maybe one day he’ll be playing in this thing,” Constable said on Tuesday.

Young Donald’s dad looks like he’s on pace to have another memorable run this week. Constable was the low qualifier out of the 79 players in the Men’s Championship field. He followed up a 67 on Sunday with a 66 on Tuesday for an 11-under par 133 that left him one shot better than Alexandria native and current South Dakota State University golfer Noah Boraas.

“I didn’t hit the tee ball great (Sunday) on the front nine, but hit it a lot better on the back,” Constable said. “I drove it well, and it’s just a course I love. It’s a fun track. You hit the tee ball well, you’re going to have a lot of wedges and short irons in, so just hammer a bunch of greens, give yourself a lot of looks and hopefully fill it up with the putter.”

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Constable played collegiately at both the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota before a 7-year run as a professional. He turned pro in the fall of 2012 and spent a year on the PGA Tour in 2013 before bouncing around on some of the mini tours. He was back on the PGA’s Web.com Tour in 2018, and regained his amateur status in May of this year.

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Alexandria's Lukas Bigger tees off on the No. 1 box during his qualifying round of the Men's Championship Division on Aug. 3, 2021. Bigger joined six other players, including his younger brother, Joe Bigger, in shooting a 1-under par 143 through two rounds to qualify for the championship flight. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

“I was all over the place,” Constable said. “Played for seven years and got to a point where I wasn’t enjoying the lifestyle of it anymore and being on the road 30 weeks a year. Missing anniversaries and birthdays and all that stuff that comes with it.

“I moved every six months for seven years, and the first month I was home after stopping from playing full time, it was the first year I was home for my wife’s birthday in four years. First anniversary in four years. You miss a lot, and it’s something people don’t really see. You just see the guys on TV playing and think it’s the greatest job. It was a true blessing to do it as a living, but it’s a grind. It’s a hard lifestyle.”

Constable has taken a considerable step back in terms of the time he spends on a golf course. He was playing once or twice every couple of weeks this summer before practicing a little more leading up to Resorters week.

Constable has played the Alexandria Golf Club casually in recent years, but it had been about a decade since he spent the whole week at the Resorters. He didn’t skip a beat in his return to the championship field as he carded just one bogey through his two rounds.

Constable eagled the par-5 12th hole on Tuesday around birdies on Nos. 5, 7, 11 and 16. His Sunday round included birdies on holes 1, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 15.

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“It’s just such a fun golf course,” Constable said. “I have so many good memories here of playing well and throwing some low numbers up. It’s a course where if you drive it well you’re going to have so many chances. I’m a very good driver of the golf ball, so if I drive it well I like my chances.”

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Austin Vukovits of Indiana will take the second seed into match play in the Men's Championship Division as the defending champion. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

Constable knows it won’t come easy. Fifteen different players finished qualifying under par, and that doesn’t include defending champion Austin Vukovits from Mississippi State University. Vukovits took Sunday off and played a practice round during qualifying on Tuesday knowing that he had the division’s second seed locked up.

“There’s a lot of great players who play this thing,” Constable said. “It’s a golf course where you can bomb driver or you can also hit iron everywhere. There’s guys who have a lot of success hitting iron, and you still have a lot of wedges in...There’s a lot of different ways you can play it, so any year you can win it is special. But obviously this year being the 100th year and it being my first year back and having my boy up here, it would be pretty cool.”

Boraas ready for a run?

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Alexandria's Noah Boraas tees off during his second round of qualifying in the Men's Championship Division at the Resorters Tournament on Aug. 3, 2021. Boraas shot a 10-under par 134 through his two qualifying rounds, and will take the third seed into match play on Wednesday. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

Alexandria’s Noah Boraas led Constable by one stroke after shooting a 66 during his first round of qualifying on Sunday.

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That lead did not quite hold up, but Boraas proved over the course of shooting 10-under par through 36 holes that he’s no longer a youngster in this field along for the ride. The soon-to-be junior at South Dakota State University looks like one of the top contenders.

“I’m not going to start talking about Saturday before Wednesday rolls around,” Boraas said of a potential run in match play. “But if I keep having a few days like the past couple rounds and a few good breaks, a few good putts roll in, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Boraas shot a 4-under par 68 on Tuesday with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 10, 12, 13 and 14. His only blemish on Sunday came with a double bogey on the par-4 fourth hole. He shot 6-under par on holes 5 through 18, while also birdying Nos. 1 and 2.

“My short game was really hot the last couple days,” Boraas said. “Made a lot of 10-15 foot putts for birdie that normally you don’t make all of them. That saved me quite a bit. It felt more lucky than skill, but it’s fun to have a couple days like that too.”

Boraas said everything resets when match play starts on Wednesday afternoon. He will open up against Lukas Justesen, who qualified as the 30th seed with a 3-over par 147 (74, 73). Alex Woodhull was the final entry into the championship flight as he won a playoff with Jeremy Decko and Logan Hamak after all three shot 148s.

Boraas feels good about his game and the steady improvements he has seen this summer. It showed during qualifying, but he got a chance to play with Constable on Tuesday. He knows it will take a good round from anyone to beat the former champion.

“No bad mistakes. Solid tee to green. He’s a great player,” Boraas said of Constable. “It looked effortless today, so we gotta take it day by day and see what happens.”

There’s a lot of matches to play, but a deep run and a potential championship for the Alexandria native who grew up around this tournament would make for quite a week.

“If I had to choose one word it would be ‘special,’ Boraas said of the prospect of winning the Men’s championship. “I don’t think it matters if it’s the 100th, 102nd, 103rd (Resorters). It’s a great tournament every year. A lot of good players, great competition. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but it would be special.”

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS -- Donald Constable - 67, 66 - 133; Austin Vukovits - defending champion, second seed; Noah Boraas - 66, 68 - 134; Ian Meyer - 71, 67 - 138; Geoff Klein - 70, 69 - 139; Jon Sauer - 69, 70 - 139; Zak Jones - 72, 68 - 140; Nick Jarrett - 71, 69 - 140; Brian Choe - 70, 70 - 140; Kyle Cox - 69, 72 - 141; Jerry Rose - 74, 69 - 143; Braeden Sladek - 73, 70 - 143; Davis Johnson - 72, 71 - 143; Josh Galvin - 71, 72 - 143; Joe Bigger - 69, 74 - 143; Lukas Bigger - 69, 74 - 143; Tony Vanyo - 71, 73 - 144; Nate Adams - 67, 77 - 144; Kelly Brown - 73, 72 - 145; Ben Strauman - 75, 70 - 145; Dawson Wills - 73, 72 - 145; Bryant Black - 72, 73 - 145; Jacques Wilson - 71, 74 - 145; Conrad Walcher - 76, 70 - 146; Lincoln Johnson - 75, 71 - 146; Alec Heinen - 73, 73 - 146; Mitch Holm - 73, 73 - 146; Tristan Nelko - 72, 74 - 146; Tommy Brandabur - 76, 71 - 147; Lukas Justesen - 74, 73 - 147; Jack Pexa - 69, 78 - 147; Alex Woodhull - 76, 72 - 148

WEDNESDAY PAIRINGS FOR MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1ST TEE

1:20 P.M. - Donald Constable vs. Alex Woodhull; Josh Galvin vs. Tony Vanyo

1:30 - Zak Jones vs. Alec Heinen; Brian Choe vs. Lincoln Johnson

1:40 - Ian Meyer vs. Tommy Brandabur; Joe Bigger vs. Bryant Black

1:50 - Geoff Klein vs. Mitch Holm; Braeden Sladek vs. Dawson Wills

2:00 - Austin Vukovits vs. Jack Pexa; Lukas Bigger vs. Nate Adams

2:10 - Nick Jarrett vs. Conrad Walcher; Kyle Cox vs. Ben Strauman

2:20 - Noah Boraas vs. Lukas Justesen; Davis Johnson vs. Kelly Brown

2:30 - Jon Sauer vs. Tristan Nelko; Jerry Rose vs. Jacques Wilson

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Lincoln Johnson hits his opening tee shot during his second round of qualifying for the Men's Championship Division on Aug. 3, 2021. Johnson shot a 145 through his two qualifying rounds and will open up match play in the championship flight against former Men's Division champion Brian Choe on Wednesday afternoon. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

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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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