Tom Jenkins blasts out of a bunker on No. 18 Saturday in the Birchmont championship match. Jenkins got up and down for par to claim a 1-up victory over Tim Skarperud. At right is his caddie, Joel Conway. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren
Home-grown champ: Jenkins realizes dream of winning Birchmont crown
After years of dreaming and close calls, Tom Jenkins returned home and rose to the pinnacle of Bemidji golf Saturday afternoon at Bemidji Town & Country Club.
Jenkins defeated Tim Skarperud of Grand Forks, N.D., 1 up to win The 85th Birchmont men's championship and in the process washed away memories of runner-up finishes to David Schultz in 2001 and 2002.
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