Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14.
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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—It took 22 holes of golf to decide the Pine to Palm golf championship with a missed putt to halve by Rick Kuhn, finally ending the match on the fourth extra hole to give Jackson Foth of Kansas the title. Foth captured the championship in his second appearance at the tournament. "I'm glad I won it the second time instead of my first time because I don't think I understood how big of a deal it was up here," Foth said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—No. 8-seeded Jackson Foth of Lenexa, Kan., put an end to a solid run by Ben Strauman, the No. 64 seed. Foth enters the semifinals of the Pine to Palm golf tournament as the highest-ranked golfer left in the field. "He scrambled well and I handed him a few holes with putting and then we made a couple sloppy bogeys on the front that we tied," Foth said. "On the back nine, I just figured I needed to keep hitting fairways and keeping hitting greens and giving myself putts."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Ben Strauman had some Cinderella magic Thursday by knocking out the defending Pine to Palm champion. On Friday, he showed he has the game to win in more than one fashion, coming back from a four-hole deficit to advance to the round of 16 at Detroit Country Club. Strauman trailed No. 33 Stefan Nelson 4-down after the opening seven holes, but managed to climb right back in the match starting at the turn. "It's match play and this is a great golf course to make birdies on," Strauman said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Taking down defending champion Chris Swenson in the first round of Pine to Palm match play as the No. 64 seed was no surprise to Ben Strauman. He came to the Detroit Country Club for the first time in two decades prepared to win. "It was super fun," Strauman said. "Chris is a great player; he's got an unbelievable game and I can see why he won it last year. He rolls the ball well and hits it a mile."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Will Czeh erased a one-shot deficit on the front nine and finished strong to capture medalist honors in the championship flight of the 86th Pine to Palm golf tournament Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Detroit Country Club. Czeh's two-day score of 128 (65-63) is unofficially a tournament record breaking Jeff Lamp's mark of 130 from 2003. Course officials wanted to verify the mark before making an official announcement. Tom Hoge holds the one-day record of nine-under par 62 set in 2009.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. Former Detroit Lakes High School golf standouts and recent North Dakota State University graduates Natalie Roth and Trisa Hutchinson are acclimating to life after college golf with the game not far from the pursuits of both women. "I'm not playing a lot of tournaments, it's more the fun stuff for me because I start grad school in two weeks," Hutchinson said. Hutchinson is jumping right back into school at the University of Mary in Fargo to get her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Winners need fortune smiling in key spots of a golf round and Chris Swenson of Fergus Falls, Minn., was graced with luck on the 18th hole in both the semifinals and the championship match of the 85th Pine to Palm golf tournament at Detroit Country Club. That luck came in the form of the bad variety for each of his opponents. In the semifinal versus North Dakota State senior Connor Holland, Swenson sat in the middle of the 18th fairway while Holland's drive hit a tree right and landed blocked by it to force a punch out with the match square.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Three area golf courses were closed around Detroit Lakes on Wednesday due to damage caused by overnight storms. Forest Hills, Lakeview Golf Course and Detroit Country Club were all shut down to clean up downed trees. The Country Club was hit the worst with areas on the lake side of the course looking more war zone than golf course. The heaviest damage was on the back nine holes, but trees were uprooted all along the course with 15 trees alone uprooted by the green on No. 3 and tee box and fairway of hole No. 4 on the south side.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Lakes is losing a golfing fixture of nearly 60 years in the permanent closing of Ironman Golf Course and the future sale of portions of the property. "Business-wise, the decision was easy; emotionally, it was really difficult," owner Mike Mathias said. "Once you care for the land and try to preserve that, it was really, really challenging." The decision to sell was made in early December, but not easily.
MINNEAPOLIS—Grand Meadow senior Christophor Bain ran for 173 yards and scored three touchdowns as the defending Minnesota Class 9-man champion Superlarks shut out Waubun 35-0 at U.S. Bank Stadium Friday, Nov. 18, in the state semifinals. No. 1 Grand Meadow has won the past three state titles and have won 49 straight games. The Superlarks have eliminated the No. 3 Bombers the past two seasons in the semifinals.