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Birchmont Senior Championship: Anderson no stranger to BTCC

Scott Anderson celebrates as his putt on No. 4 drops during Saturday's Birchmont Senior Championship match against Eric Niskanen. Pioneer Photo/Pat Miller

Scott Anderson lives in Dawson, Minn., but he is no stranger to the Bemidji Town & Country Club.

"I worked at Potlatch but then I had to look for another job and I found one in Dawson," the boiler engineer said. "Before I moved I was a member of the Bemidji Town & Country Club for five or six years. We still have a house in Bemidji."

Saturday in the Senior Championship match against Eric Niskanen, Anderson performed as if he never left. The two golfers staged a classic battle that didn't end until Niskanen missed a bogey putt on No. 18.

That miss gave Anderson a 1-up victory and his first Birchmont title.

"That guy is a tough competitor,""Anderson said of Niskanen. "The difference today was luck. And I might have made one more putt than he did."

No more than two holes separated the pair at any juncture and that came at No. 16 when Anderson sank a 4-footer for par while Niskanen was an inch short on his 6-foot par effort.

Niskanen forced the final hole when he canned an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 17 but his luck ran out on 18 when he flew the pin on his approach and found the front-left bunker.

Anderson opened the door by carding a bogey on 18 but Niskanen couldn't get up-and-down from the beach and the match ended.

"This was my fourth or fifth time at the Birchmont but the first time I've played in the Seniors," Anderson said. "I always come to this tournament with the idea of winning. I love to compete. And I love playing in the Birchmont. It's the best golf tournament I've ever played in."

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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