Gorgeous scenery and a fun golf course greeted 72 players who teed up in the TRGA Cedar Valley Open just outside Winona, MN on Sunday. Again, there was lots of exciting action in the third event of the season.
Jake Dunn held off a late charge by Tony Roberts to win the men's championship division. After Dunn scorched the front nine shooting a 4-under-par 32, it looked like no contest. "We thought it was a battle for second place" said Roberts. "Jake was playing so well, I just told him to keep it up." But Dunn cooled down on the back nine, while Roberts got it going, finishing with birdies on two of the last three holes. Dunn and Roberts both finished with 71 and headed back to the first tee for a playoff which Dunn finally won on the fifth extra hole. "Tony and I had a great time today—lots of fun" said Dunn. "I felt really good on the front nine after going birdie, eagle, birdie. But things got really interesting down the stretch."
Randy Olson made it two straight playoff wins in the men's first flight. And now Olson is totally convinced that less practice means better scores! "I'm hitting one bucket of balls a week and playing better than I've played in a long time" said Olson. Olson and Pete Earp shot 75, before Olson won on the second playoff hole.
Troy Brovan won convincingly in second flight, shooting an eight-over-par 80, finishing three strokes ahead of Mike Feldner.
Two chip-ins for par propelled Jeremiah Shimshak to a win in the third flight. Shimshak, who recently found a swing key while practicing, shot 78 which was 6 strokes better than runnerup Troy Schmitz who finished with 84.
Joe Jacques broke "a long, long drought" with a win in fourth flight. Jacques broke out of a close battle after a front-nine 43, finishing with a 40 on the back side for an 83. Bruce Nordstrom and Phil Downing tied for second place with 87's.
Adam Heuer won a close contest shooting 91 in the fifth flight. Heuer, in his first year on the TRGA, held off Ron Puestow and Bill Schmitt who finish tied for second at 93.
It was a successful debut in women's championship play for Krista Anderson. She birdied the first hole of the day and never gave up the lead, beating Terry Thomas (87) and Lynn Lenz (88).
And in women's flighted play, Cathi Baus shot a net 62 to win by 15 shots over runner-up Terry Ziegelbaurer.