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BIRCHMONT GOLF TOURNAMENT

You may have read the stories, browsed through all the pictures or even heard from the champions. But what you didn’t see was the behind-the-scenes work that went into our coverage. I’m here to brag about the folks who made it happen.
Matt Skarperud, 48, died on Tuesday, July 26, at Lake Bemidji State Park, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.
The Birchmont Golf Tournament concluded its 98th annual edition on Saturday at Bemidji Town and Country Club, with Josh Galvin edging GF's Adam VanRaden in title match
Abbie Kelm dethroned the four-time defending champion in Emily Israelson, claiming the Birchmont's women’s division championship with a 2-and-1 victory. It’s the first-ever Birchmont title for Kelm, and she also becomes the first Bemidjian to win the women’s crown since Alyssa Williamson in 2006.

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Josh Galvin knew one of his North Dakota State men’s golf teammates had to win the men’s championship at the Birchmont Golf Tournament, so he figured it might as well be him.
For any golfer, the tools of the trade are pretty consistent: a set of clubs, a good short game and maybe a lucky break or two. For Adam Van Raden, the necessities include a red ribbon pinned in his hat.
Fourteenth-seeded Missy Tabery continued her Cinderella journey through the Birchmont Golf Tournament on Thursday. Now, she’ll face second-seeded Bemidjian Abbie Kelm, who continued her strong start to the tournament.
No. 14 seed Missy Tabery gave No. 3 seed and last year’s runner-up Morgan Hetletved all she could handle in regulation, forcing an extra hole.
You might have heard the rumblings of a herd down in Fargo. Or, most years, their stomping grounds migrate to Frisco. But half a dozen Bison are in Bemidji this week to prove that North Dakota State is much more than a football school.
Mike and Jackson Fogelson are hitting the links together at the Birchmont Golf Tournament at the Bemidji Town and Country Club this week. Mike plays in the men’s division, and Jackson competes in the junior 10-12 class.

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In a welcome reunion for those marching throughout the golf course, the Birchmont Golf Tournament returned on Monday for its 98th annual edition. Stories await to be told, heroic moments are eager to be born, and champions are ready to be christened.
The Birchmont continues to expand. This year, a whopping 340 confirmed entrants will make up the field. That’s up from 303 last year and includes hopefuls from 17 states.
Bemidji’s premier golf event of the summer will return to the Bemidji Town and Country Club on July 25-30, and prospective golfers can sign up soon. Registration opens online at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 1.

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