Area Golf News: Mills GM drives into second-half lead

Mills GM opened the second half of the men's league season June 30 with a 32-12 victory over .925 Silver at Cragun's Legacy Courses. Ian Ulrich posted an 8.5-2.5 win with Jarod Carlson and Brent Mackcow both securing eight points for their team. ...

Mills GM opened the second half of the men's league season June 30 with a 32-12 victory over .925 Silver at Cragun's Legacy Courses.

Ian Ulrich posted an 8.5-2.5 win with Jarod Carlson and Brent Mackcow both securing eight points for their team.

Reichert Bus scored a 30.5-13.5 win over Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union to land in second place with Paulson Insurance 1.5 points behind after its 29-15 win over Giovanni's Pizza.

Results from June 30

Team results


Von Hanson's Meats 27, US Bank 17

Reichert Bus 30.5, Mid-Minnesota FCU 13.5

Shep's on 6th 28, Hy-Tec Construction 16

Randall State Bank 25, Edward Jones 19

People's Security 26, Deerwood Bank 18

Mills GM 32, .925 Silver 12

Big Wood 27.5, Frandsen Bank & Trust 16.5

Halverson Law Office 28,Riverwood Bank 16


American National Bank 24, Thelen Heating 20

Paulson Insurance 29, Giovonni's Pizza 15

Mulligan's 25.5, State Farm Insurance 18.5

Team standings

Mills GM 32

Reichert Bus 30.5

Paulson Insurance 29

Shep's on 6th 28


Halverson Law Office 28

Big Wood 27.5

Von Hanson's Meats 27

People's Security 26

Mulligan's 25.5

Randall State Bank 25

American National Bank 24

Thelen Heating 20


Edward Jones 19

State Farm Insurance 18.5

Deerwood Bank 18

US Bank 17

Frandsen Bank & Trust 16.5

Riverwood Bank 16

Hy-Tec Construction 16

Giovanni's Pizza 15


Mid-Minnesota FCU 13.5

.925 Silver 12

Individual results

Closest to pin: Tony Loosbrock, Ian Ulrich

Longest putt: Kurt Buckwalter, Justin Heitkamp

Low net: Brent Mackcow -6, Jim Butcher -6, Dan Travica -5, Don Evans -5

Low gross: Justin Heitkamp -2, Matt Ruis -2, John Berg -1, Tim Trott -1

Side game (net): Joe Winegar, Mike Demuth


Side game (gross): Mike Moran

Thursday's matchups

US Bank vs. Reichert Bus

Von Hanson's Meats vs. Thelen Heating

Mid-Minnesota FCU vs. People's Security

Hy-Tec Construction vs. Frandsen Bank & Trust

Shep's on 6th vs. Randall State Bank

Edward Jones vs. Mulligan's

.925 Silver vs. Riverwood Bank

Big Wood vs. Mills GM

Halverson Law Office vs. Paulson Insurance

Giovonni's Pizza vs. Deerwood Bank

State Farm Insurance vs. American National Bank

Breezy Point men

Pequot Tool 2 posted an 11.5-6.5 victory over Dockside June 30 to build a 2.5-point lead in the men's league standings at Breezy Point Resort.

Massie Creek posted the big win with a 13.5-4.5 victory over Deacon's to move into a second-place tie with Double Trouble, which defeated DDJ 9.5-8.5.

Results from June 30

Team results

Massie Creek 13.5, Deacon's 4.5

Pequot Tool 2 11.5, Dockside 6.5

Billy's Too 11, Old School 7

Billy's 1 10, Hack Attack 8

TMT 10, Billy's 3 8

JJ's Pub 10, Ace Hardware 8

Antlers 10, Commander 8

Double Trouble 9.5, DDJ 8.5

No Name 9.5, Pequot Tool 1 8.5

Team standings

Pequot Tool 2 72.5

Massie Creek 70.5

Double Trouble 70.5

Billy's Too 70

Pequot Toll 1 68

Hack Attack 67

DDJ 64.5

JJ's Pub 64

Old School 64

Commander 63

Antlers 62.5

TMT 60

Billy's 3 58

No Name 56

Ace Hardware 56

Deacon's 53

Individual winners

Closest to the pin: Kevin Anderson

Longest putt: John Jambor, Greyson Thomas

Low gross: Dick Williams 36, Mick McBrien 37, Adam Hopps 41, Rick Kulas 41, Wayne Massie 41

Low net: Joe Thomas 29, Kevin Anderson 33, Lee Bergseth 33, Tom Motzko 33

Skins winners: Frank Terry, Gregg Johnson, Joe Thomas

Breezy Point women

Bugs Schmidt won the June 30 crisscross game on The Traditional Course during the Breezy Point Resort women's league.

Connie Colon finished second followed by Katy McTague in third and Chris Bjornson and Joi Brandt both in fourth.

Whitefish men

Tom Otteson, Keith Bettes, Richard Hanson and Mike Carnahan finished first June 28 in the two best balls out of four event in the Whitefish men's league.

Finishing second was the team of Don Skalman, Gary Kipling, Bob McKee and Duane Ambuhl. Also placing second was Steve Ogren, Ross Kaleva, Neil Mcewen and Ed Bontrager.

Bob Beatty, Sam Kantos, Gordy Fischer and Henry Duitsman were third.

Closest to the pin winners were Mike Einan and Jim Rauenhorst. Longest putt went to John Bruder and Mike Einan.

Whitefish women

Deb Enger, Rox Thompson, Dorie Kaleva and Mary Kay Kendall shot a 124 to win the cha cha cha game June 29 in the Whitefish women's 18-hole league.

Second place went to Helen McGrath, Cheryl Bontrager, Pam Musielewicz and Judy Eastwood.

Mary Moakley, Nancy McEnroe, Pat McKee and Joi Brandt finished third.

Enger and Thompson carded net 67s for the individual low nets. Honorable mention went to Betsy Otteson with a 68 and Shari Loechler with a 70.

Enger and Barb Hanson chipped in for birdies. Thompson marked down two birdies. Anita Stensby, Moakley, Lori McCormick, Patty Kline and Myra Faust also had birdies. Dar Bonnema sank a chip-in.

There is no league play July 6. Cause Day will be July 27 in support of Mid-Minnesota Women's Center in Brainerd.

Madden's women

Kay Fitterer and Vicki Swanson shot the low team score during the June 23 women's night at Madden's Resort.

Charlene Waverek made the longest putt and Pam Sandelin was closest to the pin.

Kalli Funk made a birdie.

Women's Night Out at The Spa, a 9-hole event on the back nine at Pine Beach East, begins with a 4:30 shotgun start Thursday. Mini spa services will be at The Spa at Madden's from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All women are welcome. Cost is $20 per person for appetizers, beverages, messages and more.

Black Bear Women

Jane Bigalk won the low net event June 30 in the Black Bear women's nine-hole league.

Sue Riley placed second and Carol Lovro finished third.

Riley used the least amount of putts with 13 and had a chip-in and also made the longest putt.

Lovro carded a birdie.

GVL Outing results

Three teams tied for first in the Mutt and Jeff game during the Grand View Lodge Women's Outing June 28.

First-place teams were Naomi Brockhoff, Jan Choromanski, Diane Fogarty, Joni Gutknecht, the team of Sue Amerman, Sue Anderson, Julie Hofius, Paula West, and the team of Karen Williams, Joan Baker, Judy Anderson and Marian Duffy.

Second place went to Barb Elmquist, Pearl Peterson and Betty Ramsbacher.

The team of Denise Laudenbach, Elaine Youngquist, Estelle Paulson, Marilyn Sobiech tied the team of Donna Motzko, Chris Lee, Betsy Egan and Cheryl Swanson.

Longest putts were made by Chris Lee and Kari Ledin.

Eagle's Landing scramble

Brad Vold and Steve Messerschmidt teamed up to win the low gross competition during the Monday night scramble June 27 at Eagle's Landing.

Second place went to Jeff Smith and Wyatt Carr. Third were Nick Dahl and Ryan Stadum.

Low net honors went to Vic Sofie and Rey Swanson.

Closest to pins were Bob Kinzel and Corey Dierkhising. Longest drive was by Ryan Stadum. Longest putt was by Derrick Vigor.

Eagle's Landing women

Peggy Tautges shot a 40 and Jessica Thielen 41 for the low gross scores in the Wednesday night women's league at Eagle's Landing June 29.

Low net honors went to Ardie Swanson with a 25, Jean Mahling 26 and Darlene Swedin 27.

Closest to pins were Kathy Blanck and Peggy Tautges. Closest on the second shot was Jessica Thielen. Longest putt was by Jean Mahling.

Eagle's Landing men

Derek Schmeck's 77 and Pat Paumen's 79 paced the 18-hole low gross competition in the Thursday night men's league June 30 at Eagle's Landing.

18 hole low net score was Dale Reberg's 63.

In the 9-hole low gross competition, Joe Bachan and Jon Smieja shot 40s.

MGA News

Recent Staples-Motley High School graduates Emily Israelson and Dakota Waverek combined to tie for the team title in the 26th annual MGA Mixed Team championship June 28-29 at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.

The duo shot rounds of 66-63 for a two-day 129, which tied them with Trent Peterson and Olivia Herrick for first. Waverek-Israelson rallied from a shot behind after the first round.

Last year, Emily Israelson finished second in the event playing with her younger brother Andrew Israelson.

Femling fundraiser

Eagle's Landing Golf Club will host a Bruce Femling Lung Transplant fundraiser July 11.

Tee times for the two-person scramble will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entry fee is $60 for non-members and $35 for members.

To register call 320-632-5721

Putting championship

Aug. 6 at The Pines

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Minnesota State Putting Championship which is scheduled 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at The Pines at Grand View Lodge.

The event will benefit the Lakes Area Walk for Alzheimers.

There are three opportunities available for ace sponsorships which include marketing

of your business, networking and a free golf package for four.

Sixteen holes are available to be a tee time hole sponsor which includes marketing of your business, networking and attracting customers to your business.

Call Pam Wachholz at 218-831-3562 for more details or visit

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You can also visit Minnesota State Putting Championship on Facebook. Holes-in-one

Mason Baldwin, Minneapolis, aced the 155-yard sixth hole on Alec's Nine at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge July 2 using a 6-iron.

Kevin Hatlestad, Lakeville, aced the 163-yard 11th hole at Eagle's Landing July 1 with an 8-iron.

Walt Parsons, St. Paul, aced the 135-yard 15th hole at Ruttger's Lakes Course July 4 using a 7-iron.

Jordan Pitlick, Centerville, aced the 210-yard 12th hole at The Classic at Madden's July 1 with a 4-iron.

Upcoming events

July 6: Whistling Wolf Jr. Mini Golf Tournament - Crosswoods

July 9: Babe Winkelman's golf Against MS - Cragun's Legacy Courses

July 9: The Izzy Cup - The Vintage at Staples

July 10: 4-person scramble - Whitetail Run

July 11: MGA Senior Men's Tour - Crosswoods

July 11: Minnesota Junior PGA - Madden's Pine Beach West

July 11: 27th Little Falls Area Chamber - Little Falls Country Club

July 13: Cuyuna Lakes Chamber - Cuyuna Rolling Hills

July 14: PGA Juniors - Whitetail Run

July 15: Cobber Open Event - Whitetail Run

July 17: Emily Day 9-hole "Go Low" Scramble - Emily Greens

July 21: Team Foundation Benefit - Cragun's Legacy Courses

July 21: Senior Event - Hardwood Hills Golf Course

July 22: MGA Kid's Day - Crosswoods

July 22: Minnesota Teen Challenge Charity event - Grand View Lodge

July 24: Pine River-Backus sports boosters - Black Bear Golf

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