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Toby Palmiscno blasts out of a bunker near the No. 2 green Tuesday. Palmiscno qualified for the Men's Championship field with rounds of 72-79-151. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Birchmont: Chase Jackson snaps Men's Championship drought

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Chase Jackson has been playing in the Birchmont for more than 15 years but Tuesday he accomplished something that has only happened one or two times before

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"This is only the second or third time that I've made the Men's Championship cut," Jackson said. "Usually I'm a shot or two out and last year I missed it by losing in a playoff for the final spot.

"In the past I would play well one day of qualifying and play poorly the other day. But this time I put together two good rounds."

Jackson was not only good, he was consistent as he finished at 148 on the strength of a pair of 74s.

Johnny Larson of Clements, Minn. was the medalist as he finished 70-70-140. Tom Jenkins of Plymouth was second at 71-71-142 while Sam Matthew of Roseville shot 71-71-142 for third. Sharing fourth at 71-72-143 were Chad Skarperud of Fargo and Tim Skarperud.

Alone at 144 was Jake Sanders of Crookston while Matt Skarperud of Omaha and Tyler Syvertson of Bemidji carded 145s.

Completing the top-10 was Jeff Wiltse of Bemidji who shot 73-73-146.

"I'm just happy that I qualified,"Jackson said. "But I know I have plenty of work to do."

A relative stranger to the Championship field Jackson doesn't have the experience that many in the Championship flight can draw upon. But he also isn't thinking too far ahead.

"Now that I'm in the field I plan to play it one hole at a time," he said. "I don't want to get too down on myself if I get in trouble.

"You never know what could happen," Jackson continued. "Maybe I'll get hot and get lucky and make a run at it (the championship)."

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Chase Jackson has been playing in the Birchmont for more than 15 years but Tuesday he accomplished something that has only happened one or two times before

"This is only the second or third time that I've made the Men's Championship cut," Jackson said. "Usually I'm a shot or two out and last year I missed it by losing in a playoff for the final spot.

"In the past I would play well one day of qualifying and play poorly the other day. But this time I put together two good rounds."

Jackson was not only good, he was consistent as he finished at 148 on the strength of a pair of 74s.

Johnny Larson of Clements, Minn. was the medalist as he finished 70-70-140. Tom Jenkins of Plymouth was second at 71-71-142 while Sam Matthew of Roseville shot 71-71-142 for third. Sharing fourth at 71-72-143 were Chad Skarperud of Fargo and Tim Skarperud.

Alone at 144 was Jake Sanders of Crookston while Matt Skarperud of Omaha and Tyler Syvertson of Bemidji carded 145s.

Completing the top-10 was Jeff Wiltse of Bemidji who shot 73-73-146.

"I'm just happy that I qualified,"Jackson said. "But I know I have plenty of work to do."

A relative stranger to the Championship field Jackson doesn't have the experience that many in the Championship flight can draw upon. But he also isn't thinking too far ahead.

"Now that I'm in the field I plan to play it one hole at a time," he said. "I don't want to get too down on myself if I get in trouble.

"You never know what could happen," Jackson continued. "Maybe I'll get hot and get lucky and make a run at it (the championship)."

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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