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Skarperud takes medalist honor in Men's Championship division

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BEMIDJI -- Matt Skarperud of Omaha and Johnny Larson of Springfield needed extra holes to decide which golfer would capture the medalist honor of the 2013 Birchmont Men's Championship division.

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The two friends played together in Tuesday's second day of qualifying and each finished his rounds with identical scores of 69-69-138.

When they entered the scoreboard area following the round they learned that a few options existed for snapping the tie. The fairest option, however, was a playoff which Matt Skarperud eventually won.

Skarperud's reward is an opening match-play battle against Bobby Frazzini of Medina who qualified at 155. Larson's first-round opponent will be Ekren Miller of Bemidji who also finished with a 155.

Seeded third in the Men's Championship field is Bill Carlson of Fargo who carded a 139. Tim Skarperud of Grand Forks shot 141 while Toby Palmiscno of Bemidji and Jim Foss of Roseau completed the top-five with rounds of 74-68-142.

"I played well," Palmiscno said. "I only play three or four tournaments a year and it takes me awhile to learn how to play tournament golf again.

"During Monday's 74 I scraped it around a bit but on Tuesday I had some breaks and I putted very well. And in match play putts are very important."

The Men's Championship hopefuls will hit the first tee starting at 8:05 a.m. today. In addition to Palmiscno, the field includes Bemidji golfers Paul Daman (144), Jeff Peltier (149), Troy Haluptzok (154) and Miller (155) plus Aaron Leintz of Bagley (153).

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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