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Resorters: Will Hacker looks to make good on second chance, Graham Odland standing in his way

Junior 10-12 semifinal recap.

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Will Hacker lands his 11th-hole fairway shot on the green in his Junior 10-12 Division semifinal win on Aug. 6, 2021. Hacker beat Ellie Sticha 2-up to get back to the championship round after falling short in 2020. (Jared Rubado / Alexandria Echo Press)

Will Hacker fell just shy of a Junior 10-12 Division Resorters championship in 2020. He will get a shot at redemption on Saturday morning.

Hacker, the division’s top seed this year after shooting a 38 in qualifying, won another close contest on Friday after fending off a challenge from 12th-seeded Ellie Sticha in a 2-up final. Waiting for him in the finals will be Graham Odland after the sixth seed won a close match against second-seeded Jaxn Hacker on Friday.

Odland jumped out to an early lead in his semifinal match against second-seeded Jaxn Hacker, and it ultimately led to a 2-1 win that puts him one win away from a title.

Odland started his round on the back nine with a par that gave him an immediate 1-hole advantage after Hacker’s bogey. Both players ran into some trouble on the par-5 12th, but Odland’s double bogey was enough to take the hole before his par on 13 moved him to 3-up.

Hacker made a match of it with back-to-back wins on holes 14 and 15 via a bogey and a par. Both players bogeyed No. 16 before a bogey win at 17 for Odland ended the match.

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Will Hacker and Odland will tee off for the championship at 8 a.m. on Saturday from hole 10.

SATURDAY JUNIOR 10-12 DIVISION PAIRING -- 10TH TEE
8:00 A.M. -- Will Hacker vs. Graham Odland

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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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