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Palmiscno in Women's Championship hunt once again

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Katelin Craft follows through on a shot during Wednesday's first round of match-play at the Birchmont. Brian matthews | Bemidji Pioneer2 / 2

BEMIDJI - A pair of family battles highlighted Wednesday's opening round of the Women's Championship division and when the final shots were taken bragging rights were, at least temporarily, awarded.

Claiming one of those battles was Jenna Palmiscno of Bemidji as she ousted her cousin, Hannah Shafer of Brooklyn Park, 2 and 1.

The other family feud involved a pair of sisters: Cydney Hasselberg of Staples and Heather Erholtz of Motley. Hasselberg owned a 1 up lead after No. 17 but her sister avoided elimination by winning No. 18 and completed her rally with a winning par on the first extra hole.

Joining them in Wednesday's winners' circle were Megan Swan of Tipp City, Ohio, Elisabeth Storm of Fargo, Sarah Storandt of Moorhead, Cindy Hauser of Minneapolis, Laura Cahill of Grand Rapids and Missy Tabery of Wadena.

Today's pairings match Palmiscno against Swan and Strom against Erholtz. In the lower bracket, Storandt will face Hauser and Cahill will battle Tabery.

Of the survivors Palmiscno has the most experience in the Championship hunt as her resume includes runner-up finishes in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

"I want to play well here because this is my home course and I know most of the people," Palmiscno said. "I have finished second so many times that, maybe, nobody expects me to win but I expect to do well."

In her match against Shafer Palmiscno took a 2 up lead after nine holes, stretched it to 3 up with a par on No. 10.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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