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Resorters golf: Minnewaska senior wins Men’s Regular title

Glenwood's Riley Larson storms back with a birdie on 18 to force a playoff in his finals win on Saturday.

Riley Larson tries to make a putt on the No. 1 green on Aug. 5,
Riley Larson putts on the No. 1 green on Aug. 5, 2022 during his semifinals match in the Men's Regular Division at the Resorters Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club. Larson won that match 6-5 and went on to take the championship match in 19 holes against Cory Pelzel.
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ALEXANDRIA — Riley Larson got a nice confidence boost at the 2022 Resorters Tournament as he gets ready to head into his senior year at Minnewaska Area High School.

Larson, 17-years-old from Glenwood, finished off a big week by winning the Men’s Regular Division first flight in a 19-hole finals match against eighth-seeded Cory Pelzel.

Larson rallied down the stretch, shooting 2-under over the final five holes of regulation after his bogey on 13 allowed Pelzel to move to 2-up with a par win. Larson took hole 15 with a par and then birdied the 18th to force a playoff that he won on the first hole.

“It’s an honor,” Larson said of winning his first Resorters championship. “I’ve been playing since I was 13. I didn’t do too well my first couple years, and I just really wanted to come out this year guns blazing, and that’s what I did. I stuck to my goal and that’s what I accomplished.”

Larson qualified with a 2-over par 74. He won a 2-1 match over 10th-seeded Peter Dierks to open match play before adding a 4-3 win over Blake Stedronsky and a 6-5 win over Logan DuBe in the semifinals. Both Larson and Pelzel shot even-par 72 through 18 in the finals.

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“My key was off the tee,” Larson said. “I hit 16 fairways (Friday), which was a major key to my 6-5 win. Putting was on point. I had 26 putts three times this week, which helped me out.”

Cory Pelzel watches from the No. 1 tee box to see where his driv
Cory Pelzel watches from the No. 1 tee box to see where his drive lands on Aug. 5, 2022. Pelzel made a run to the first-flight championship match before falling in 19 holes to Riley Larson in Saturday's Men's Regular Division finals.
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Larson felt good about where his game was at coming into Resorters week. He shot a 69 during a practice round for another tournament leading up to this event.

Larson qualified for the Class AA state golf meet this past year as a junior. He shot a two-day score of 169 to tie for 65th.

He is ready to take some momentum with him into his senior year after a strong week at the Alexandria Golf Club.

“It definitely boosts my confidence,” Larson said. “This course is a lot more complicated than the courses we play. So to shoot in the low 70s out here gives me confidence to shoot even lower at these courses I play in high school.”

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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