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Will Hacker makes good on second shot at a Junior 10-12 title

Top seed plays his best in his final match to win first Resorters championship.

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Will Hacker of Owatonna looks over his 100th Resorters championship trophy as he's recognized by Alexandria Golf Club president Jerry Rose after winning the Junior 10-12 Division on Aug. 7, 2021. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

Will Hacker of Owatonna seemed to be on a mission all week at the 2021 Resorters Tournament in Alexandria, and he accomplished that mission on Saturday morning.

Hacker, son of Alexandria native Chad Hacker, was the No. 1 seed in the Junior 10-12 Division after finishing second in the field in 2020. He rattled off 3-2, 1-up and 2-up wins to get to the finals before beating sixth-seeded Graham Odland in a 5-3 match on Saturday to earn the title.

The Junior 10-12 golfers play nine-hole matches, so getting off to a fast start is paramount. Hacker did that in the championship as he used three straight pars on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 to move to 3-up.

He never wavered in the entire match as his only slight blemish came on hole 13 with a bogey. Hacker bounced right back with back-to-back pars on holes 14 and 15 that secured wins and put away the match with a few holes to spare.

Hacker flashed a smile as he accepted his trophy during the awards ceremony when all the division champions were honored after the tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club. He thanked his family for helping him throughout the week, including his grandpa for caddying for him as he wrapped up his first Resorters championship.

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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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