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Resorters: Low seeds take care of business in Junior 13-15 opening round

Junior 13-15 opening round match play.

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Bennett Olsen watches his approach shot stick close to the pin on hole-10 in his Junior 13-15 opening-round win over Henry Moen on Aug. 2, 2021. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

Monday’s opening match-play round in the Junior 13-15 Division is setting up clashes between the low seeds left in the eight-player field on Wednesday morning.

Carson Boe, Bennett Olsen and Andrew Ballou advanced in quick fashion during their opening matches. Lunden Esterline, Charlie Moen, McKenzee Sullivan, Carver Larson and Chase Triebenbach also clinched spots in the quarterfinal round.

Here’s how the round of 16 played out on Monday afternoon.

Boe def. Horstman, 5-4

Top-seeded Carson Boe of Cottonwood kept pace with his low-score qualifying round with a 1-over-par, 5-4 win over 16-seed Sam Horstman.

Boe made birdies on Nos. 3 and 6 on the front nine to take a three-hole advantage to the turn. His lone blunder on the front nine was a double bogey on No. 9. Horstman’s bogey pulled him back within three, but Boe made par on four of the last five holes to secure the win.

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Esterline def. Hanson, 2-up

Lunden Esterline’s two-under-par back nine was enough to pull out a win over ninth-seeded Charlie Hanson.

After nine holes, eighth-seeded Elsterline trailed by one hole after three bogeys. Hanson birdied No. 6 before making par on No. 8 to take a one-hole lead at the turn.

In most rounds, a 1-over-par back nine with a one-hole lead would be enough to beat your opponent in match play, but Esterline was near perfect. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, along with seven pars, completed the comeback to beat Hanson.

Hanson birdied No. 14 to square the match, but back-to-back bogeys on the last two holes sealed his fate.

Ballou def. Crosby, 8-6

Fourth-seeded Andrew Ballou didn’t birdie a hole in his opening round matchup against 13th-seeded Adam Crosby. But he didn’t need one.

Ballou picked up an 8-6 win at four-over-par in 12 holes. He made par on nine of the holes he played while Crosby parred Nos. 1, 2, 9 and 10. Ballou will take on fifth-seeded Charlie Moen on Wednesday morning.

C. Moen def. Thornburg, 4-3

Charlie Moen overcame a shaky start to knock off 12th-seeded Will Thornburg 4-3.

Back-to-back bogeys to start the round put Moen down by a hole. After a bogey to square the match on No. 4, Moen birdied No. 5 to take his first lead of the tournament.

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Trailing by two at the turn, Thornburg made bogey on No. 10 to pull within one. But a par and a birdie from Moen on the next two holes increased his lead to three. Moen would par the final three played holes to advance.

Larson def. Scholl, 3-2

Second-seeded Carver Larson took care of business in his match against 15th-seeded Blake Scholl.

Larson went up by three in the first three holes with a birdie on No. 12. But three consecutive birdies from Scholl erased Larson’s early lead. Larson would birdie No. 18 to take a one-hole lead to the turn.

Larson’s back-to-back pars to start the front nine regained his three-hole lead. But a bogey on No. 3 and a double on No. 4 brought Scholl within one again. Larson ended the match with another string of back-to-back pars on Nos. 6 and 7.

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McKenzee Sullivan hits her first tee shot off the 10th tee box in the Junior 13-15 opening match play round on Aug. 2, 2021. Sullivan beat Connor O'Hara 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)

Sullivan def. O’Hara, 4-3

McKenzee Sullivan was lights out in her opening-round win over seventh-seeded Connor O’Hara on Monday.

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Sullivan, the 10th-seed, shot 1-under-par with birdies on Nos. 10 and 18 to take a one-hole lead into the turn. O’Hara birdied No. 14 and parred seven holes on the back nine, yet still trailed by one.

Sullivan doubled her lead with a par on No. 1 before ending the match with a birdie on No. 6. It was her fourth birdie of the day. She will take on second-seeded Larson on Wednesday morning.

Olsen def. H. Moen, 7-6

Third-seeded Bennett Olsen of Alexandria only needed 12 holes to advance to the quarterfinals in his 7-6 opening-round win over 14-seed Henry Moen.

Olsen led by six holes at the turn after a birdie on No. 10 and pars on five other holes. Moen bogeyed 11 of the 12 played holes on Monday. Olsen finished three-over-par in the win.

Triebenbach def. Sladek, 3-2

Sixth-seeded Chase Triebenbach’s two birdies on the front nine were enough to clinch a win over 11th-seeded Ashton Sladek.

Sladek held a one-hole advantage after a par on No. 10 for the first five holes of the round. Another par on No. 15 doubled his lead before Triebenbach got a hole back on No. 18.

Trailing by one after the turn, Triebenbach birdied No. 1 to square the match before taking his first lead with a par on No. 3. Triebenbach’s par on No. 6 followed by a birdie on No. 7 clinched the final spot in the quarterfinals.

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Cottonwood's Carson Boe watches his tee shot on the second hole during the opening round of match play in the Junior 13-15 Division on Aug. 2, 2021. Boe was the division's medalist with an even-par 72 during qualifying before taking his opening match on Monday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Boe shoots even par in Junior 13-15 qualifiers

Carson Boe shot the lowest score in the Junior 13-15 qualifying round for the second straight year. This time, he was four strokes better.

After shooting a 76 and tying for first with Carver Larson during the 2020 Resorters Tournament, Boe, from Cottonwood, shot an even-par 72 to earn the top seed in the division on Sunday. He birdied Nos. 8, 11, 12 and 16 to beat Alexandria teammates in Larson and Bennett Olsen by two strokes. Larson and Olsen each shot 74, with Andrew Ballou a stroke behind at 75.

Larson made birdie on Nos. 1, 8, 11, 16 and 18. Olsen’s birdies came on Nos. 6, 8 and 15. Ballou bogeyed four holes on the back nine to drop him down to fourth. He made birdies on Nos. 2 and 12 while making par on 11 holes.

Charlie Moen (76) and Chase Triebenbach (78) were the final two golfers to shoot under 80. Moen birdied No. 17, while Osakis’ Triebenbach birdied Nos. 8 and 18.

Connor O’Hara, Charlie Hanson and Lunden Esterline each shot 80 on Sunday afternoon. O’Hara and Esterline each birdied two holes. Behind them were McKenzee Sullivan (81) and Ashton Sladek (82). Sladek made birdies on Nos. 1 and 12, while Sullivan birdied the par-five sixth hole.

Other low scores included Will Thornburg (88), Adam Crosby (89), Henry Moen (90), Blake Scholl (91) and Sam Horstman (92). The 16 qualifiers for the championship flight opened up match play on Monday afternoon.

JUNIOR 13-15 DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT QUALIFIERS
Carson Boe 72, Carver Larson 74, Bennett Olsen 74, Andrew Ballou 75, Charlie Moen 76, Chase Triebenbach 78, Connor O’Hara 80, Charlie Hanson 80, Lunden Esterline 80, McKenzee Sullivan 81, Ashton Sladek 82, Will Thornburg 88, Adam Crosby 89, Henry Moen 90, Blake Scholl 91, Sam Horstman 92
WEDNESDAY JUNIOR 13-15 QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS - 10TH TEE
7:09 a.m.- Carson Boe vs. Lunden Esterline; Andrew Ballou vs. Charlie Moen
7:18 - Carver Larson vs. McKenzee Sullivan; Bennett Olsen vs. Chase Triebenbach
Related Topics: GOLF
Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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