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Jenkins repeats, claims seventh Vandersluis title

BEMIDJI -- Tom Jenkins of Champlin continued his mastery of the Vandersluis field this weekend as the Bemidji native captured his second consecutive and seventh overall Men's Championship title at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

Jenkins' success at the Vandersluis began in 2002 when he claimed his first championship. He duplicated that feat in 2005 and also won the titles in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

This weekend Jenkins took the lead after the first 18 holes when he shot Saturday's low round of 71. On Sunday he was the lone golfer the break par as he shot 3-under-par 69. Jenkins took a 5-shot lead into Monday's final 18 holes and he preserved his title by shooting even-par 72 and finishing the weekend at 212.

Finishing second Monday with a 54-hole total of 217 was Jim Foss of Roseau while Jeff Cannon of New Hope and Jeff Peltier of Bemidji ended at 221. Rounding out the top 10 were Toby Palmiscno of Bemidji (222), Zach Israelson of Staples (223), James Clark of Plymouth (223), Jason Rhoads of Elko (223), Steve Young of LaSalle, Man. (227) and Bruce Hegland of Apple Valley (229).

Curt Howard of Sapuilpa, Ok. also successfully defended the Vandersluis Senior Championship as he fired rounds of 73-74-74 and finished his 54 holes at 221.

The 2010 Senior champion, Jeff Wiltse of Bemidji, was second this year. After shooting an 80 on Saturday Wiltse recovered with rounds of 71 and 73 and ended at 224. Placing third was Brent Armstrong of Winnipeg who finished at 75-72-79-226.

Rounding out the top 10 were Mark Hegland of Shakopee (227), Bill Zeweniuk of Winnipeg (231), Joe Mayer of Bemidji (235), Glen Hasselberg of Staples (238), Rob Badiuk of International Falls (239), Barry Romo of Grand Forks (240) and Greg Tighe of Fort Frances (240).

Vanderlsuis Memorial

Men's Championship

Top 10

212 - Tom Jenkins, Champlin

217 - Jim Foss, Roseau

221 - Jeff Cannon, New Hope

221 - Jeff Peltier, Bemidji

222 - Toby Palmiscno, Bemidji

223 - Zach Israelson, Staples

224 - James Clark, Plymouth

224 - Jason Rhoades, Elko

227 - Steve Young, LaSalle, Man.

229 - Bruce Hegland, Apple Valley

Senior Championship

Top 10

221 - Curt Howard, Sapulpa, Ok.

224 - Jeff Wiltse, Bemidji

226 - Brent Armstrong, Winnipeg

227 - Mark Hegland, Shakopee

231 - Bill Zeweniuk, Winnipeg

235 - Joe Mayer, Bemidji

238 - Glen Hasselberg, Staples

239 - Rob Badiuk, Int. Falls

240 - Barry Romo, Grand Forks

240 - Gret Tigh, Fort Frances

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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