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Resorters Golf: Lindberg survives playoff to advance to Men's Senior finals

Defending Men's Senior champ Mark Lindberg faces No. 12 seed Mike Herzog in this year's Men's Senior division finals.

Mark Lindberg tries to knock down a long putt on the No. 12 gree
Mark Lindberg tries to knock down a long putt on the No. 12 green in his semifinals match on Aug. 5, 2022. Lindberg, who won the 2021 seniors title, is back in the finals on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, after beating Thomas Abrahamson in 22 holes on Friday.
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Mark Lindberg has found his way back to the Men’s Senior championship and is in the hunt for a second straight Resorters crown.

He had to sweat it out as No. 3 seed Tom Abrahamson took him to a four-hole playoff in the semifinals on Friday.

Meeting Lindberg in Saturday’s finals match is the No. 12 seed, Mike Herzog. Herzog is hunting for his first Resorters title.

Both golfers have had strong starts throughout their match play matches that have guided them to three wins.

Herzog def. Sunder, 4-3

Throughout the match play portion of the tournament, Herzog has had strong front nines that led him to victory. Friday’s 4-3 semifinal win over 25th-seeded Lance Sunder was no exception as he earned a 3-up lead after nine.

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Mike Herzog watches his tee shot at the par 3 7th (The Minnesota
Mike Herzog watches his tee shot at the par 3 7th on Aug. 5, 2022. Herzog beat No. 25 seed Lance Sunder on the day to advance to the championship match where he'll face defending champion Mark Lindberg on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
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And while a Sunder birdie on the par-4 10th hole set Herzog’s lead back a hole, Herzog responded with wins on holes 12 and 14 that helped catapult him to the finals.

Herzog had a similar start to his quarterfinal win over No. 20 seed, Brant Mcleod. In both matches, Herzog only dropped one hole on the front nine and led 3-up.

A key hole for Herzog has been the par-4 No. 1 as he has won it three times in the tournament and has birdied it two days in a row.

Lindberg def. Abrahamson, 22 holes

Abrahamson, who won the 1999 Men's Executive Championship, gave Lindberg a run for his money in their semifinal match on Friday with four playoff holes needed to decide a winner.

After Lindberg led by two holes with eight to go, Abrahamson won three straight holes to go 1-up. Lindberg tied the match with a win on the par-5 14th. These two traded wins on 16 and 17 with Abrahamson winning the par-4 16th and Lindberg winning the par-3 17th, setting up a playoff.

Lindberg has gotten off to a good start in all four of his matches as he’s led after six holes in all of them and has led by more than one hole in all but one of those matches.

Hole 17 has been kind to Lindberg as he has birdied it twice and has won it all three times he’s played it in match play.

MEN'S SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, SATURDAY - 1st Tee 
12:45 p.m. - Mike Herzog vs. Mark Lindberg

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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