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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

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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.

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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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