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Palmiscno hopes to take the next step

MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER Jenna Palmiscno followed her putt during Tuesday's Birchmont Women's Championship qualifying round. Palmiscno had success on the greens Tuesday and claimed the medalist honor with a 74.

BEMIDJI -- Jenna Palmiscno's Birchmont resume is impressive. During her 11 previous tournaments Palmiscno has been a major obstacle for the rest of the field and in three of the past seven Birchmonts she has advanced to the final.

Unfortunately, she has come up short in her quest to capture a championship but Palmiscno believes that this year could be different.

"I'm playing well right now and I feel good about my game," she said. "How far I can go will just depend upon if I can make any putts."

During Tuesday's Women's Championship qualification round Palmiscno made her putts. She also was in command of the rest of her game and the result was a sterling 34-40-74.

"I hit every green on the front but I struggled on the last five holes (shooting 3-over-par). But I'll take a 74 every time," she said.

Her reward for the 74 was the honor of being the Women's Championship medalist and earning the second seed in the match-play which begins Thursday. The top seed is defending champion Missy Tabery of Wadena who did not need to qualify.

Because there are only 15 women in the Championship field, Tabery will receive a first-round bye. Palmiscno will open against Annie Kautto of Staples who shot 100 Tuesday.

Palmiscno's experience should be an asset this week but the Birchmont veteran also knows that qualifying scores mean little when match-play begins.

"Match-play is a different game and anything can happen," she said. "You can play somebody you beat by 12 shots in qualifying and lose to her in match-play. And you can play poorly but still win."

Palmiscno also believes that medal and match-play require two different golfing styles.

"There is less pressure when you are in match-play and I always try to play more aggressively," she said. "In stroke play you have to worry about a score but in match-play a bad shot will only cost you a hole."

Palmiscno is one of six Bemidji golfers in the field. Joining her are Alyssa Konecne (82 in qualifying), Morgan Miller (87), Morgan Williams (90), Pam Johnson (90) and Katelin Craft (99).

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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