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Resorters golf: Lindberg defends Men’s Senior title with near flawless round

Lindberg has now won back-to-back titles twice.

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Mike Herzog, left, congratulates Mark Lindberg on the 15th green where their Men’s Seniors Championship match ended Saturday. Lindberg won 4-3.
Al Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — A couple of Alexandria natives locked up in a championship match at the Resorters on Saturday afternoon as Mark Lindberg continued to play at a high level to add to his trophy collection from this tournament.

Lindberg successfully defended his title in the Senior Division by edging Mike Herzog, 4-3 in the final.

As had been the case all week, Lindberg played near flawless golf, denying Herzog from getting any par or bogey wins. Herzog’s only win of the afternoon was a birdie on No. 10.

Lindberg broke out with a par win on No. 3 and added three more wins on the front – birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 and a par win on No. 9 that put him 4-up at the turn.

After Herzog gained ground with that birdie on No. 10, Lindberg matched Herzog’s pars on Nos. 11 and 12. Both golfers had some trouble on par-3 No. 13 and had to settle for bogeys.

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Lindberg was able to make birdie on the 14th hole to go 4-up and his par on the 15th equaled Herzog’s and ended the match.

Lindberg said that No. 7 was a turning point in the match when he sank a 12-foot putt for birdie. He followed that up by rolling in a 30-foot birdie on the next hole, which gave him a solid three-hole advantage.

Lindberg was even-par after 15 holes.

“I played pretty consistent, solid,” said Lindberg after the big win. “I didn’t putt as good as I wanted.”

Lindberg has the rare distinction of winning back-to-back titles in two divisions – the Men’s Seniors in 2021 and 2022, and the Men’s Championship in 2002 and 2003.

Lindberg, who has been playing in the Resorters tournament for more than 40 years, had a quick response when asked if he’ll be back next year to shoot for a three-peat: “Of course.”

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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