Ace highlights Leinen's round, faces Leintz for Junior title
BEMIDJI - Today's Birchmont Junior Championship final will match a pair of local players as Elliot Leinen of Bemidji will take on Aaron Leintz of Bagley.
Both had relatively easy matches in Friday's semifinals. Leintz topped Matthew Gregg of Bemidji 6 and 5 while Leinen stopped Alex Barrett of Bemidji 5 and 3.
The semifinal highlight came on the par-3 second where Leinen landed his 7-iron a few inches past the pin and the ball spun backwards and into the cup for an ace.
"This was my first hole-in-one," Leinen, who will be a senior at Bemidji High School this fall, said. "This was a good time to get it."
The ace gave Leinen a 1 up lead and by the turn he had expanded the cushion to 4 up.
"I'm confident going into Saturday's match," Leinen said."My plan is to do what I've done all week - hit the fairways and the greens. That plan has been working so far so there is no reason to change."
Leintz has adopted a similar philosophy and has enjoyed equal success. In Friday's semifinals he won the first five holes and never looked back.
"I played solid golf and (Matthew) wasn't playing his best at the start," Leintz said. "I think I'm playing well enough to win on Saturday."
Missy Tabery of Wadena and Elisabeth Strom of Fargo will battle for the Women's Championship 9 a.m. today.
Tabery advanced with a 5 and 4 victory over Sarah Storandt of Moorhead in Friday's semifinals. Strom gained her title shot with a 3 and 2 win over Megan Swan of Tipp City, Ohio.
Earlier in the tournament Tabery eliminated Alyssa Konecne of Bemidji 1 up and Laura Cahill of Grand Rapids 5 and 4. Strom owns a 3 and 1 win over Katelin Craft of Bemidji and a 6 and 4 triumph over Heather Erholtz of Motley.