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Resorters Golf Tournament gets under way Monday

It will be a nearly full field of returning champions as the 88th Resorters Golf Tournament gets under way. All six champions will be back this year, but one of those has moved to another division to try his hand as Jon Empanger makes the switch ...

It will be a nearly full field of returning champions as the 88th Resorters Golf Tournament gets under way. All six champions will be back this year, but one of those has moved to another division to try his hand as Jon Empanger makes the switch to the Senior Division.

Masters' Division

1994, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 ...

Those numbers mark the years that Ron Clayton of Sarasota, Florida has won Resorters titles.

Last season was the fifth straight Masters championship won by Clayton, who also holds a pair of titles in the Senior Division.

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Not bad.

And this year, Clayton will be working toward an unprecedented eighth championship as he earns top billing in the Masters Division.

He won't be the only player with a title playing in that division, however; Wayne Elton of Alexandria won the title in 2001 and Jim Fitzgerald of Montgomery, Texas took home the crown in 2000.

Both are among this year's competitors.

Men's Division

Alexandria's Tyler Whiting will be hoping to defend his 2008 Men's Division championship as well.

Whiting, who defeated another Alexandria resident, Bryant Black, in last year's tournament, was also in the finals of this division in 2005 when he fell to Ben Ward of Dewey, Arizona 5-3.

Among the field vying for the Men's Division title this year will be three-time winner Jerry Rose of Sarasota, Florida, who took home the crown in 1979, 1983 and 2000.

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Also in the field will be two-time champion Mark Lindberg of Coppell, Texas who won the trophy in 2002 and 2003.

Executive Men's Division

There will be a new champion in the Men's Executive Division as last year's winner, Jon Empanger of Chaska, moves up a division.

It's not as if there won't be plenty of veteran winners in the field, though.

Tom Abrahamson of Wayzata, the 1999 champ, as well as Mark Lyczewski of Crookston (2006) are among those looking to claim the crown in this division.

Senior Men's Division

Scottsdale, Arizona's Peter Glanville sports five Senior Men's titles, winning in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008. He's looking to add his sixth.

He will have a formidable new opponent in Jon Empanger, who could fill a trophy case with his success at the Resorters Golf Tournament.

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He won his fifth title in the Executive Men's Championship last year, edging Mark Lyczewski of Crookston 2-up in the final.

Empanger also won division titles in 1993, 1997, 2004 and 2007.

Former Executive Men's champ George Cliff (1988, 1989), back after a year's hiatus, will be one of the players working to knock Glanville from the top rung of the ladder.

Steve Herzog, the 1992 Executive Men's champion, is also in the field, as is 2001 Executive Men's champion Joe Klick.

Women's Division

St. Louis Park's Betsy Aldrich, the defending champion in the Women's Division, is back for another go.

Having won the title in 2008 and in 2003, adding an Executive Women's Division title in 2007, gives her plenty of experience in the winner's circle.

(The Executive Women's Division is no longer held.)

Maggie Leland of Alexandria, 2007 champion, is back in the field as well.

Juniors' Division

It was a clean sweep for Joey Shroyer of Victoria during the 87th annual Resorters Golf Tournament as he earned medalist honors during the qualifying round and cruised to the championship in the Junior Division.

Shroyer defeated Alex Heinen of Edmond, Oklahoma 1-up for the title in a classic back-and-forth battle during Saturday's championship round.

He will be back to defend that title again this season. He's the only former champion in the field.

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