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Birchmont golf: Routine returns to BT-CC after six days of tournament action

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Pat Miller

BEMIDJI — After six intense days of competition involving 250 golfers during the Birchmont tournament, the routine has returned at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

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The week of action climaxed Saturday with the crowning of six Championship division winners, including Tom Jenkins of Plymouth who captured the Men’s title with a 3 and 1 victory over Jim Ross of Roseau.

“It was a good week and a great tournament,” said BT-CC pro Rick Grand. “We had fantastic weather and six days of good golf on a great course.”

Saturday’s championship was the second for Jenkins as he also claimed the title in 2009. Saturday’s other Championship division winners were Derek Hasselberg of Princeton in the Executives, Katie Sheetz of Grand Rapids in the Women’s, Jeff Wiltse of Bemidji in the Seniors, Jim Archer of Prairie Village, Kan., in the Masters and Brady Wright of International Falls in the Juniors.

Jenkins, Hasselberg, Archer and Wright all forged early leads in their championship matches and maintained an edge throughout. Sheetz needed three extra holes to slip past Emily Israelson of Staples while Wiltse was down three holes with four to play before he rallied to win on the first extra hole.

“I wouldn’t say there were any over-the-top surprises during the week,” Grand said. “Judging by the play that I was able to watch, Tom Jenkins played the best golf for the entire week of anybody in the Men’s division. The biggest surprise during an existing round on Saturday might have been Jeff coming back against Ray in the Seniors. Ray played very well all week and you have to give credit to Jeff for coming back the way he did.

“Each Championship match on Saturday was a good one,” Grand continued. “And the winning player deserved it.”

Last week’s tournament attracted about 250 golfers and that figure is about 30 more than last year.

“If you look at the past six or seven years, our Birchmont numbers have been on the high end,” Grand said. “Last year a few of our regular players had conflicts and that might have brought the numbers down. And it was nice to see a bit of a bounce back this year. I also think that the course being in such good shape had a big influence in our high number of golfers.”

On Friday the course will host the annual Lumberjack Scramble but the next multiple-day event will be the Vandersluis that runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

“We’ll take a breath and then prepare for the Vandy,” Grand said. “That’s another fun weekend at the country club.”

Saturday’s Results

Men’s Championship

Semifinals: Jim Foss, Roseau, def. AJ Oster, Ham Lake, 2 and 1

Tom Jenkins, Plymouth, def. Toby Palmiscno, Bemidji, 3 and 2

Championship

Jenkins def. Foss 3 and 2

Consolation Championship

Will Holmgren, Corcoran, def. Trey Dale, Bemidji, 2 and 1

Women’s Championship

Championship

Katie Sheetz, Grand Rapids, def. Emily Israelson, Staples, 1-up in 21 holes

Consolation Championship

Dani DelGreco, Grand Rapids, def. Hailey Abel, Arvilla, N.D., 1-up

Executive Championship

Championship

Derek Hasselberg, Princeton, def. Brad Anderson, Staples, 3 and 1

Consolation Championship

Dale Finck, Bertha, def. Russ Moen, Bemidji, 2 and 1

Senior Championship

Championship

Jeff Wiltse, Bemidji, def. Ray Sauer, St. Cloud, 1-up in 19 holes

Consolation Championship

Curt Howard, Sapulpa, Okla., def. Brad Castle, Pinewood, 4 and 3

Masters Championship

Championship

Jim Archer, Prairie Village, Kan., def. Joe Mayer, Bemidji, 5 and 4

Consolation Championship

Jim Kennelly, Bemidji, def. Jack Seiberlich, Rush City, 1-up in 20 holes

Junior Championship

Championship

Brady Wright, International Falls, def. Keaton Wolf, G.Forks, 3 and 1

Consolation Championship

Charles Eickhof, Crookston, def. Dane Anderson, Crookston, 3 and 2

President’s Flight

Championship

Davis Tollette, Andover, def. Luke Sheetz, Grand Rapids, 6 and 4

Consolation Championship

Jeffrey Cannon, New Hope, def. Sam Shafer, Brooklyn Park, 2 and 1

Vice President’s Flight

Championship

Trenton Olson, Horace, N.D., def. Dakota Waverek, Staples, 3 and 2

Consolation Championship

Aaron Leintz, Bagley, def. Doug Larson, Crookston, 6 and 5

Letter A Flight

Championship

Shawn Walfoort, Blaine, def. Brady Ohman, Grand Forks, 3 and 1

Consolation Championship

Vance Harren, Crookston, def. Josh Baldock, Crookston, 5 and 3

Letter B Flight

Championship

Aaron Bridgeford, EGF, def. Andrew Gallagher, Mpls., 2 and 14

Letter C Flight

Championship

Dustin Rob, Mpls., def. Chad Wages, Grand Forks

Chairman Flight

Championship

Rick Passolt, Edina, def. Kevin Rossow, Rochester, 2 and 1

Consolation Championship

Scott Woods, Wadena, def. Tony Carlson, Maple Grove, 4 and 2

Executive First Flight

Championship

Cory Pettit, Wadena, def. Rob Burgess, Covina, Calif., 1-up in 21 holes

Consolation Championship

Bob Lindberg, Bemidji, def. Andy Pederson, Bemidji, 2 and 1

Executive Second Flight

Championship

Damien Frenzel, Great Falls, Mont., def. Jeremy Gardner, G.Forks, 1-up

Director Flight

Championship

John Hagge, Fergus Falls, def. Mike Sansom, G.Forks

Senior Men’s First Flight

Championship

Don Dale, Bemidji, def. Derrik Clay, San Antonio, 2-up

Consolation Championship

Tim Tingelstad, Bemidji, def. Bruce Nord, G.Forks

Junior Second Flight

Championship

Dyson Thacker, Fergus Falls, def. Ethan Knudson, G.Forks 2 and 1

Consolation Championship

Sam Tollette, Ramsey, def. Kyle Pemberton, Cass Lake, 1-up in 19

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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