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Birchmont: Palmiscno hoping for different outcome in women's title match

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Jenna Palmiscno of Bemidji and Rachel Roller of Grand Forks will each be playing in her third Birchmont Women's Championship title match today. The difference, however, is that Roller has won both of her previous finals while Palmiscno is 0-2 in her title appearances.

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"I'm still victoryless in the championship match," Palmiscno said after Friday's 1 up semifinal win over Missy Tabery of Wadena. "But this year I have more expectations than just making it to the finals."

Roller downed Elizabeth Strom of Fargo 5 and 4 Friday and remains on target to claim her third consecutive Birchmont championship. If she can accomplish that feat Roller will be the first woman to capture three straight crowns since Julie Gumlia won four consecutive titles from 1972 to 1975.

While Roller posted a relatively easy victory over Strom, Palmiscno had to rally to slip past Tabery.

Both golfers struggled on the front side and were tied at the turn. Tabery forged a 1 up lead with a par on No. 12 but Palmiscno drew even with a par on No. 13 and opened a 1 up lead with another par on No. 16.

When both golfers parred the final three holes, Palmiscno had the win.

"We both played better on the back nine," Palmiscno said. "For the most part I'm playing well but I don't get to play as much golf as the other girls (in the field) so sometimes I question my shots.

"Sometimes I worry too much about how my opponent is doing and I don't stick to my own game plan. Hopefully today I'll play my game."

Rob Jacobson of Bemidji and Bruce Nord of Grand Forks will tangle in today's 10:20 a.m. championship match in the Senior divisioin.

During Friday's semifinals Jacobson stopped Tim Tingelstad of Bemidji 1 up while Nord bounced Rob Noren of Bemidji 2 up.

Jim Trapp of Tuscon is one match away from defending his title as he defeated Bryant Barnes of Shawnee Mission, Kan. 2 and 1 in Friday's semifinals.

At 11 a.m. today Trapp will face Jack Seiberlich of Rush City who trimmed Joe Mayer of Bemidji 3 and 2 Friday.

NOTES: During Friday's Executive First Flight action Todd Witkowski of Zealand, Mich. recorded a hole-in-one with a 3-hybrid on the second hold during his match against Scott Hinners of Bemidji.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Jim Trapp of Tuscon is one match away from defending his title as he defeated Bryant Barnes of Shawnee Mission, Kan. 2 and 1 in Friday's semifinals.

At 11 a.m. today Trapp will face Jack Seiberlich of Rush City who trimmed Joe Mayer of Bemidji 3 and 2 Friday.

NOTES: During Friday's Executive First Flight action Todd Witkowski of Zealand, Mich. recorded a hole-in-one with a 3-hybrid on the second hold during his match against Scott Hinners of Bemidji.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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