This kid is 16 years old? Wow. Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., made short work of the 2008 Birchmont Ladies Championship field, completing a weeklong blitzkrieg with a 4-and-2 win over Jenna Buckwalter Saturday to claim the title. Take a look at these scores: Anderson was the qualifying medalist, carding a 2-under 70 -- the only player in the field to break par. She won her opening match 7 and 5, then followed up with dominating 6-and-5 and 7-and-5 wins to advance to the final.
Todd Schaefer of Grand Forks, N.D., didn't hold out much hope of successfully defending his Birchmont Executive Division title this year. "I've been struggling with my game this summer," he said.
Bill Carlson of Fargo hadn't even heard of the Birchmont golf tournament until a week before this year's registration deadline. Following Carlson's 2 and 1 win over defending champion Sam Matthews Saturday the Fargo South junior is glad he made the trip to Bemidji. "I was talking to a friend, Thomas Strandemo, and he told me he was going to play the Birchmont," Carlson reported. "I asked what that was - he told it was just like the Pine to Palm (in Detroit Lakes), but juniors could play.
Defending Birchmont senior division champ Jack Seiberlich made a pronouncement to his wife prior to the start of this year's tournament. "I told her if I didn't defend my title I was moving to the super senior division next year," Seiberlich reported.
Near perfect summer weather with temperatures in the high 70s, clear blue skies and a light breeze off the lake doesn't seem like the perfect conditions to be thinking about hockey. That will be the case today, however, as the Bemidji State University men's hockey family gathers together for the Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club. The Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament began in 1997 as the main fund raiser for the BSU men's hockey program.
The Bemidji High girls golf team stands in third place following the opening round of the Section 8AA girls golf tournament at Long Prairie Country Club Monday. Alexandria, currently the top rated team in the state, took a major step toward advancing to the state meet with an opening round 353 -- 13 shots ahead of second place Sartell. Bemidji was in third at 382 with Buffalo fourth at 393 and Rogers fifth at 406.
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot It's hard to believe we've quit exploring, and I doubt we have.
In an effort to get his team "tournament tough," BHS softball coach Brad Takkunen tried a little experimenting in the Jacks' game at Crookston Monday. Instead of starting ace Chelsea Yost, Takkunen chose to go with Erica Weimann on the mound. In addition, Takkunen placed other players in unfamiliar spots on the field. In terms of wins and losses, the experiment failed as the Jacks fell 8-5 on a windy and rainy day on the northwest Minnesota prairie. The Jacks' hitting drought continued as BHS was able to manage only six hits for the game.
The way things look now, the future of the College Hockey America and its four remaining teams is solid through the 2008-09 season. As expected there was no earth shattering news coming out of the annual college hockey coaches meetings recently completed in Florida. No news concerning assimilation of the CHA into one of the other five major college hockey conferences or the addition of any new teams was forthcoming. Not that any major news was expected, it's just not the way things work.
DETROIT -- R.H. "Bob" Peters, who has served as College Hockey America Commissioner for the past seven years, has announced his retirement effective June 30. "I'm at that age," Peters said. "There was 41 years as a coach, then seven as a commissioner. It's been a delightful experience -- the toughest jobs I've ever loved. I'm now ready to gracefully hang up my skates for the last time." His time as commissioner of the fledgling league was full of activity as some teams terminated their programs (Findlay, Wayne State), others started up (Robert Morris and Syracuse on the women's side).