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Tanners Brook Clubhouse Update

Posted Friday, June 29th, 2007 11:59 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:59 AM

The new clubhouse at the Dave Tentis-designed Tanners Brook Golf Club in Forest Lake will be ready to open in about a month. Workers were very busy when we stopped in on our way back from the MGA Mixed Team Championship. The ground floor of the barn continues to serve as the temporary clubhouse until construction is complete.

Golfing in Minnesota will return later this season to bring you more news from Tanners Brook when the new clubhouse is open for business.

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2007 at 11:59 am

17th Mixed Team Championship – Forest Hills

Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2007 10:54 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:54 PM

Jim and Donna Turner of Brackett’s Crossing won the Husband/Wife Division in the MGA’s 17th Mixed Team Championship for the second year in a row Thursday at Forest Hills Golf Club in Forest Lake. Their 70-67-137 was six shots better than the runner-up team of Dave and Claudia Pilot.

In the Mixed Team Division, Mark Aldrich and his sister Betsy Aldrich shot a 69 Thursday to finish the regulation portion of the competition in a three-way tie for first place at 134. They won a playoff with a birdie on the third extra hole.

Ross Hammann and Olivia Lansing followed an opening round of 66 with a 68 for their 134. This was the second time in nine days that Lansing has nearly won an MGA crown. She combined with Chelsea Gannon to take second place in the Minnesota Women’s Four-Ball Championship last week.

Finishing third were John Anderson and Hillary Gerster of Bunker Hills (68-66-134).

Full results can be found on the MGA website.

UPDATE: Corrected club affiliation of Jim and Donna Turner.

Originally published by DK on June 28, 2007 at 10:54 pm

This Week on FORE! Minnesota

Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2007 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:17 PM

FORE! Minnesota, on Saturday, June 30, 2007 (9 am on KSTC-45):

  • Course Tour: Gopher Hills (Cannon Falls, MN)
  • Great Moments in MN Golf: US Open 1991 (Payne Stewart)
  • Stories of Golf: Shjon Podein (Team 25 Children’s Foundation)
  • Tad Reeve’s Dream 18: Edinburgh USA #17
  • Pro Strategies: Mark Dolan (Albion Ridges)
Originally published by DK on June 28, 2007 at 1:17 pm

First Look – Windsong Farm Golf Club

Posted Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 9:38 PM

Our coverage yesterday of the Junior Girls’ State Championship was also my first visit to Windsong Farm Golf Club, currently ranked the fifth best course in the state by Golf Digest. This John Fought/Tom Lehman design opened in 2003 to rave reviews. This same design pairing opened Somerby the next year outside Rochester, which I recently played with Greg Peterson.

Like I mentioned in my Somerby course notes, I love the work that John Fought has done, especially his projects with Bob Cupp. While I didn’t play Windsong yesterday, I walked most of the front nine and a few of the other holes as well.

My initial reaction is that while there are some holes that seem somewhat ordinary, there are also some incredible standouts that I think should be counted among the best in the country (the 340 yard par-4 third hole that was featured among Tad Reeve’s Dream 18 and the 550 yard par-5 eighteenth were both visually stunning).

Their website has interesting information on the Windsong Farm founding principles and club customs. I could tell that this club was a little different from your ordinary golf course by the Titleist Pro V1x range balls (complete with “RANGE” and “WINDSONG” stamps on them) and the zen-garden-like crushed rock paths between the very Midwestern-style pro shop, clubhouse and locker room buildings.

One last note: as Phalen Park’s Nora McGuire mentioned to me, Windsong is quite a haul from St. Paul (she was there officiating for the junior tournament). Located in Maple Plain directly across highway six from Pioneer Creek Golf Course, it takes about 30 minutes to reach downtown Minneapolis via highways six, twelve and I-394.

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2007 at 9:38 pm

62nd Minnesota Junior Girls’ State Championship

Posted Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:36 PM

With MSHSL Class A champion Katie Detlefsen not in the field, St. Cloud Apollo’s Samantha Sommers was on her own. The Class AA champion beat the field by 14 strokes today to win the 62nd Minnesota Junior Girls’ State Championship at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Maple Plain. Her 73-69-142 (E) on the 5,729-yard John Fought/Tom Lehman course blew away the field under hot and humid conditions.

Here are the top 10 finishers in the Championship flight:

  • 1, Samantha Sommers, 73-69-142 (E)
  • 2, Katie Bolling, Hillcrest GC, 78-78-156 (+14)
  • 3, Steffi Neisen, New Prague GC, 82-75-157 (+15)
  • T4, Gretchen Huhnerkoch, University, 77-82-159 (+17)
  • T4, Elizabeth Carl, Mendakota CC, 81-78-159 (+17)
  • T6, Julie Pouliquen, Bearpath G&CC, 84-76-160 (+18)
  • T6, Natalie Samb, University GC, 82-78-160 (+18)
  • T6, Ali Nelson, Village Green GC, 80-80-160 (+18)
  • T6, Devon Harteneck, Lake City GC, 77-83-160 (+18)
  • T10, Aubrie Nelson, Edina CC, 80-81-161 (+19)
  • T10, Maggie Leland, Alexandria GC, 81-80-161 (+19)
Originally published by DK on June 26, 2007 at 7:36 pm

On the Tee Blog

Posted Monday, June 25th, 2007 09:48 am GMT -5 in Golf at 9:48 AM

Jerry Zgoda is the latest Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter to get the blog treatment:

Jerry Zgoda is the Star Tribune’s golf writer as well as a handicapped golfer (fundamentally flawed swing mostly) whose notebook shorthand, even if nobody else on the planet can read it, is far superior to his short game. Join Jerry all summer long and share your thoughts about the world of golf, near and far.

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Originally published by DK on June 25, 2007 at 9:48 am

Things To Do Before I Die

Posted Monday, June 25th, 2007 09:21 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 9:21 AM

The past few weeks I’ve been inspired by the TV show (and the ad campaign) that talk about things to do before you die. I’ve been very privileged to do the things I’ve done up to this point and would die a happy man right now, but it’s been fun thinking up new things to do.

I’ve added a new box to the top of the home page that displays a random list item each time the page is loaded. Also, the sidebar now lists my personal best times at various running distances. I plan to work on lowering these in the next few years as I pursue the list item “Qualify for Boston.”

Maybe I’ll make that namesake goal of seven minutes miles after all…

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2007 at 9:21 am

Peter Wong in Explore Minnesota Campaign

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 08:25 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 8:25 PM

The talented Minnesota-based golf photographer Peter Wong is featured in a new Minnesota tourism campaign I saw on TV this afternoon.

The Explore Minnesota website has a section called My Favorite Minnesota with a golf link on top that displays a nice section on Peter, samples of his work, his favorite Minnesota courses and a fun video.

Here are Peter’s 18 Favorite Picture Perfect Golf Courses in Minnesota:

  • The Classic at Madden’s, Brainerd
  • The Legend at Giants Ridge, Biwabik
  • Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, Morton
  • The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower
  • Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake
  • The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa
  • Chaska Town Course, Chaska
  • Legacy at Cragun’s, Brainerd
  • Willingers Golf Club, Northfield
  • The Quarry at Giants Ridge, Biwabik
  • The Wilds Golf Club, Prior Lake
  • Deacon’s Lodge, Breezy Point
  • Superior National, Lutsen
  • Prestwick Golf Club, Woodbury
  • Territory Golf Club, St. Cloud
  • Mississippi National, Red Wing
  • Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove
  • Whitefish Golf Club, Pequot Lakes
Originally published by DK on June 23, 2007 at 8:25 pm

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2007 10:06 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Travel at 10:06 PM

On our way back from Fortune Bay, we drove through Eveleth past the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. With all of the talk about it closing or moving, we weren’t sure if it was still open. Their website says it’s closed and the parking lot only had one car in it. Good thing we actually stopped to check–they are open and will apparently stay in that location.

We paid our admission fees ($8 for adults?) and had the place to ourselves. There was a ton of great stuff to see there for hockey fans–I’ve uploaded some pictures to the photo gallery here.

My favorite thing was the mock rink and goal they had on the third floor with real sticks and pucks. I’m pretty sure I’ve never shot a real puck before–makes me want to take skating lessons all the more now.

If you are in the area and like hockey, stop in and support this great museum.

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2007 09:34 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 9:34 PM

Almost forgot to post this picture…

When I was at Izatys a few weeks ago to cover the state golf tournament, I saw this guy buzz my head a few times. He was hiding behind this tree branch and flew away when I tried to get a better view.

My wife decided it was a red-headed woodpecker, which appear to be somewhat rare in these parts now.

Fun to see–very vibrant and distinct colors…

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2007 at 9:34 pm

This Week on FORE! Minnesota

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2007 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:34 PM

FORE! Minnesota, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 (9 am on KSTC-45):

  • Course Tour: Albion Ridges (Maple Lake, MN)
  • Great Moments in MN Golf: US Amateur Champion John Harris (August 1993)
  • Stories of Golf: Portrait of Golf (Bud Chapman)
  • Tad Reeve’s Dream 18: Hazeltine National #16
  • Pro Strategies: Don Berry (Edinburgh USA)
Originally published by DK on June 21, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Soudan Underground Mine and Labs

Posted Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel at 9:21 PM

This afternoon we took the girls to tour the Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northern Minnesota. We took both tours offered: the historic tour and the physics tour.

Both involve taking a cage tram down a half-mile shaft (2341 feet down, 689 feet below sea level) at a top speed of 10mph (that felt much faster). You could fit about ten people in each cage and I was a bit claustrophobic during all four rides.

The mine was in operation from the late 1800s until 1962, when it was donated to the State of Minnesota. The historical tour was fun–it reminded me of all those childhood trips to Knott’s Berry Farm and the Mine Train Ride. The reality of working in a mine during this period must have truly been awful. Makes my work issues seem easy by comparison.

The physics tour had my head spinning. The University of Minnesota has a $150 million laboratory on that same level of the mine as the historical tour–one of several labs that have been used over the years.

The large one we got to see (pictured above) houses an experiment called Minos (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search). This thing is basically a gigantic magnet that tries to capture neutrinos sent from Fermilab outside of Chicago (450 miles away). You can watch the live data capture here (screen explanation here). They only get one or two successful captures a day.

They also have another lab with an experiment called CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) that maintains an environment near absolute zero, but we did not get to see that area. It amazes me that everything in those labs had to be brought down the same narrow mine shafts that we took to get down there.

Very, very cool nerd toys set among old steel history…

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2007 at 9:21 pm

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Update

Posted Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:24 PM

I spent the past two days playing the multiple-award-winning Wilderness at Fortune Bay course in Tower, Minnesota. The weather both days was mixed–rain, wind, sun, hot, cold–typical northern Minnesota variety, I guess.

The difference between the blue tees and the white tees is substantial (6772 versus 6147). I played the longer tees the first day and the shorter ones today. My score wasn’t all that different, but it does make a big difference on a few holes.

The course was in decent shape, but the rain made it very soggy and they top-dressed the greens during my early morning round today.

We had a play and stay package, but it turns out you don’t save very much on your rounds. Lots of issues with the hotel as well–they are adding 58 rooms and there is too much construction noise. Add in the relatively thin walls to begin with and we ended up having to move rooms.

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Fortune Bay Resort

Posted Monday, June 18th, 2007 10:32 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 10:32 PM

Yesterday we drove the twisty Minnesota state highway 1 from the north shore through Ely to Tower and the Fortune Bay Resort on Lake Vermilion. I had a 2pm tee time on the Wilderness course, while the girls spent most of the evening in the swimming pool. We had dinner in the casino cafe, which makes a mean batch of cheese curds.

The hotel is adding 58 rooms and we had an older room right next to the action. We moved rooms today, so hopefully this one will be better. I played another round this morning at 8am, the girls are at the Heritage Center now and we leave for two different Soudan Mine tours in an hour. More video poker action tonight (I’m down $8) and then we head home tomorrow.

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Final Thoughts on WWDC07

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2007 06:24 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel at 6:24 PM

Here are the items I submitted to Apple this year as feedback on the conference:

Good Stuff

  • Access to Apple engineers
  • Some strong speakers
  • Meeting other attendees
  • Being in SFO
  • Beer bash here worked well
  • Wireless access and power were much better this year
  • Happy to see more web development focus

Suggestions

  • Don’t sell so many tickets when there isn’t capacity (or pre-poll attendees on what sessions they want to attend and plan accordingly).
  • Better train the center staff on crowd management–lines and arbitrary rules suck.
  • Create in and out doors for each room to better move people around.
  • Bring more Apple Company Store stuff here (where were those developer people? O’Reilly?).
  • More drink options at lunch time (Brisk and Lemonade only are really lame).
  • Food in general at lunch is poor–give us an option to pay less and just eat out every day (which is what we do anyway).
  • Get session information online faster.
  • Overflow rooms without video of the speaker are not the same as being there.
  • Free iPhones! Seriously, though, it would be nice to offer us the chance to at least order one earlier than the general population (same goes for new hardware that may coincide with WWDC).
  • Need more conference hotel space.
  • Get more tech “superstars” here to speak and promote the hell out of it beforehand.
  • Expand on the session descriptions so I can better plan my time.
  • Would like to see more sessions on things like optimizing PHP, Apache, MySQL on OS X Server–preferably by the people who wrote them.
  • Bring back the piles of junk food and Mt. Dew/Jolt from the San Jose days.
  • Ozomatli was fun, but I’d never heard of them before. With the power Apple has in the music world, it would nice to be “wowed” next year–bring us Bono or Peter Gabriel or any of the other big names that like Apple.
  • In a similar vein–why didn’t we get to see the new Pixar movie early? Get some more of the big entertainment houses using Apple gear to speak.

Overall, I was happy by the end of the week (after a not-so-great start). The keynote may have been a candidate for “Worst-Keynote-Ever,” but mostly it just lacked the wow factor so common in Steve’s best. Leopard will be great, but the timing of the new release for education is just plain awful. And I tend to agree with those who are still looking for a real iPhone SDK (although we should be able to do some cool things until iPhone 2).

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Showdown at Somerby Wrap-Up

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2007 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 2:57 PM

The Saturday leaders were all chasing the early clubhouse leader, amateur and Stanford NCAA Division I Champion Jamie Lovemark, who stormed up the leaderboard by shooting a 7-under-par 65 Sunday. Chris Riley caught him though, forcing a playoff that went two holes.

Both players parred the par-5 eighteenth hole, while Riley’s par on the par-3 seventeenth was enough to earn him the victory and a $90,000 winner’s check (which I guess he’d get either way, eh?).

Edinburgh USA pro Don Berry shot 69-69-73-70-281 (-7) for the tournament, which earned him a tie for 37th.

Showdown at Somerby Leaderboard

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Father’s Day in Grand Marais

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2007 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:40 PM

Made it to Grand Marais yesterday to pick up the girls. I skipped out on covering the Nationwide event outside of Rochester when I found out there was a rain delay, so we basically drove non-stop to see the girls.

We ate at Sven and Ole’s for dinner, although in hindsight, I would have gone to Chez Jude (from my seven in ’07 dining list). Turns out they are only open Tuesdays through Saturdays, so I missed my window there. Pizza at Sven and Ole’s is always good though.

For Father’s Day, I wanted to sleep in, eat chocolate-covered donuts from the World’s Best Donut Shop, eat at Chez Jude (oh well), play nine holes of golf with the kids at the Grand Marais nine-hole course, then head to the Grand Portage casino with my dad. It rained most of the day, so golf was also out.

The girls got me a couple of books–one on Everest and one on Isle Royale. We ended up eating lunch at the Angry Trout Cafe, where I tried something other than fish for the first time. The grilled chicken sandwich was very sloppy, but tasted good. Not sure where we are headed for dinner tonight…

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Last Day in SFO

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2007 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Travel at 7:44 PM

Nice last day in San Francisco today. Most of my sessions today were focused on the issues I have with the new school in Los Angeles. The quality of sessions today restored my confidence in WWDC–up until today, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to come back next year. Now, I’ll have to re-think that decision.

We walked over to a new restaurant I’ve wanted to eat at for two years, Zuni Cafe at 1658 Market Street. They were crowded, but we lucked out yet again and got a nice table near the bar and right next to the window.

Zuni reminded me of both Barbette and Vincent in Minneapolis, with a little bit of St. Paul’s Heartland thrown in. They locally source most of their ingredients and the quality was really high. I ordered a fancy hamburger with gruyre cheese and super skinny fries, while Jake had a huge pork chop. Luckily, our orders came just before smoke started billowing out of the manhole cover down the street and they lost power and hot water to the kitchen. Pricey, but very, very good.

My last session is just finishing up and WWDC07 will be done. Our red-eye flight on Sun Country doesn’t leave until 12:40am Pacific time, so we are planning to eat dinner near Moscone, catch 28 Weeks Later at Metreon, then head out to the airport. Arrive home at 6am, drive to Somerby to cover the Nationwide event, then up to Grand Marais Saturday night. Must. Sleep. Soon.

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2007 at 7:44 pm

U.S. Open and Somerby Friday Updates

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2007 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:11 PM

Edinburgh USA professional Don Berry made the cut at the Nationwide Tour’s Showdown at Somerby in Byron. He followed his first-round 69 (-3) with another 69 to place him in a tie for 24th–two strokes better than the -4 cut line. Golfing in Minnesota will be on site for Saturday’s round–watch for photos in our tournament gallery this weekend.

UPDATE: Due to the Saturday morning weather delay, we will not be able to provide photos of this year’s event.

At Oakmont, Minnesotan Mike Berg started his second round on the wrong foot, quadruple-bogeying the 435 yard par-4 tenth hole. He rebounded to birdie the par-3 thirteenth and par-4 third holes, however, on his way to a 75. His T114, 81-75-156 (+16) was only six shots away from the final cut of +10.

Congratulations Don and Mike!

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2007 at 7:11 pm

A Nerd Party! A Big Nerd Party!

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2007 01:10 am GMT -5 in Food,Technology,Travel at 1:10 AM

Tonight was the “Campus” Beer Bash at WWDC–now moved from the Apple Campus to Yerba Buena Gardens atop Moscone Center. I wasn’t sure I’d like not being in Cupertino, but I sure didn’t miss the bus ride down and back. Overall, I think it was a good move.

We snuck in the back way and didn’t have to wait in line for food. They had tables set up by regions of the world, including Japan, China, Italy and Mexico. Lots of drink servers, a few ice cream carts and several desert tables equaled (or maybe exceeded) the catering options of beer bashes of old.

The musical entertainment turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The past few years have been major let-downs, especially considering the clout Apple now has in the music business. This year’s act, Ozomatli, was featured in one of the iPod ads. I’m glad we stayed for their set, as they were energetic, talented and fun. As they apparently do at many shows, they ended their set by parading through the audience playing, singing and interacting with the crowd.

Earlier in the day, we had lunch at House of Nanking in Chinatown. We ate there last year and it was well worth the mile walk up Kearney Street to this award-winning restaurant. We lucked out yet again–no wait and we got a great table by the window. Jake and I both had sesame chicken and enjoyed seeing the owner being his usual crabby self.

WWDC 2007 (also know as SausageFest) wraps up tomorrow.

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2007 at 1:10 am

Thursday Tournament Action

Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2007 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:49 PM

Lots of action to watch today: Michael Berg at the U.S. Open and first-round play at the Showdown at Somerby in Byron. Here are some direct links:

Michael Berg’s Live Scorecard

Showdown at Somerby Live Leaderboard

UPDATE: Berg finished his round with an 81 (+11), two shots better than his 2003 U.S. Amateur performance.

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2007 at 12:49 pm

This Week on FORE! Minnesota

Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2007 11:20 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:20 AM

FORE! Minnesota, on Saturday, June 16, 2007 (9 am on KSTC-45):

  • Course Tour: Braemar GC (Edina, MN)
  • Great Moments in MN Golf: PGA Championship (August 2002)
  • Stories of Golf: Father’s Day Special (assorted guests)
  • Tad Reeve’s Dream 18: Hazeltine National #10
  • Pro Strategies: Nate Baldry (Crow River GC)
Originally published by DK on June 14, 2007 at 11:20 am

Harding Park Golf Course

Posted Thursday, June 14th, 2007 01:29 am GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 1:29 AM

This afternoon we left WWDC early and headed out to Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco for a twilight round. The non-resident rates have been increased significantly since the American Express World Championships were held there in 2005, so we elected to wait until 5pm when the cheaper rates kicked in. We ate at the new clubhouse before the round, where I ordered fish and chips that were hot and fresh.

I was a little rusty out of the gate, but had a chip-in birdie later in the round and finished with an 89. We played the 18th hole in the dark, but did get the round in by hustling at the end and pushing the slower groups in front of us.

I felt like a superstar after the round–the driver our hotel arranged for us arrived right on time in a shiny black Mercedes. He was very polite (calling me “sir” is just too cool) and had bottles of water for us. Great end to a great afternoon of golf.

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2007 at 1:29 am

Sears Fine Food San Francisco

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 12:51 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:51 PM

This morning Jake and I had breakfast at Sears Fine Food, located at 439 Powell Street in downtown San Francisco. Open since 1938, they claim to be “world famous for little pancakes.” Couldn’t pass that one up, so we both ordered 18 silver dollar-sized Swedish pancackes with bacon. Very tasty, with great service and atmosphere. We didn’t even have to wait in line and got a perfect table right by the front window. Recommended.

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Golf Digest Top 40 Casino Golf Courses

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 01:38 am GMT -5 in Golf at 1:38 AM

The July 2007 issue of Golf Digest ranks their Top 40 Casino Golf Courses and three Minnesota courses have made the grade.

At number two is Jeffrey Brauer’s The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower, which we will be visiting next week to play and take pictures for the photo gallery.

In a tie for 15th is the Rees Jones-designed Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton, associated with Jackpot Junction Casino.

The Garrett Gill/Paul Miller Meadows at Mystic Lake course in Prior Lake was tied for 21st.

Congratulations to these three great facilities!

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2007 at 1:38 am

Brindisi Cucina San Francisco

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 01:00 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 1:00 AM

Tonight we tried a new restaurant for dinner, Brindisi Cucina, located at 88 Belden Place in downtown San Francisco. The front desk at the hotel recommended that street and we found a number of great looking bistros on a narrow alley off of Bush and Kearney. Very European–also reminded me of Boat Quay in Singapore.

I had the pork chop filled with prosciutto and mozzarella over roasted potato, while my co-worker Jake had the mixed seafood skewers chef’s selection of fresh market fish over Sicilian couscous. We both agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Gotta love San Francisco for dining…

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2007 at 1:00 am

Giants versus Blue Jays at AT&T Park

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 04:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Sports,Travel at 4:01 PM

Last night Jake and I went to the Giants-Blue Jays game at AT&T Park on the bay. We sat way up high, but the seats were great, halfway between home plate and first base. We had perfect views of the water–I don’t think there is a bad seat in that place.

The Giants won 4-3 after Barry Bonds hit his 747th home run to center. I don’t follow baseball much, but I do know about the Bonds scandal/excitement. Either way you look at it, it was cool to be there.

We had to have the signature “Gilroy Garlic Fries,” but I’m still regretting that decision today. At least I can say I tried them once. Lunch today at my favorite San Francisco 50s joint, Lori’s Diner, is sitting much better. I ordered the hot, open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy fries and a real cherry Coke–excellent!

Tonight is the Apple Design Awards and Stump the Experts, but I may have to return to the hotel to get caught up on work. Tomorrow Jake and I are splitting out early on the conference to play a twilight round of golf at Harding Park.

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Monday Letdown for Tapemark Champ Carlson

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 03:35 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:35 PM

The joy of winning wire-to-wire at the 2007 Tapemark Charty Pro-Am unfortunately didn’t carry over to Monday for John Carlson of the NGA Tour. His attempt to qualify yesterday at Hastings Country Club for this week’s Nationwide Tour Showdown at Somerby event fell short. His 76 (+4) tied him for 80th and was six shots from a playoff for the fourteen available slots.

Another NGA Tour player, Matt Anderson from Edina, was the medalist, shooting a ten-under-par 62. Two Tapemark professional participants made the cut: Kane Kanson of Detroit Country Club (T2, 65, -7) and Shad Muth of Hastings Country Club (T4, 68, -4).

Showdown at Somerby Player List

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2007 at 3:35 pm

WWDC 2007 San Francisco

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2007 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel at 8:59 PM

Today was the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in downtown San Francisco. After three days of non-stop Tapemark Charity Pro-Am action, my co-worker Jake and I jumped on a plane at 9:30pm yesterday night and arrived here at 3am Minnesota time.

We are staying at a new hotel this year–the Orchard on Bush Street (about two blocks north of Union Square). The San Francisco Marriott was full, so we found this option on tripadvisor.com. The price was decent and so far I’ve been impressed with the room. Bit of a walk, but it’s not bad.

I woke up this morning at 7:30am and got in the keynote line. We were able to get in the big room and sat towards the back. Overall impressions? Not much new and no free iPhones. The “top secret” features of Leopard don’t seem that great, but maybe they will grow on me. I desperately wanted a new Finder and so far, I think it still falls short of the preciseness and time-savings features of the old OS 9 Finder. Absolutely hate the transparent top menu bar…

The rest of the conference is confidential, so I can’t speak to specifics of what I’m hearing. That’s usually when all the good stuff happens, though.

Tonight we have tickets to see the Giants play Toronto at the wonder stadium by the bay.

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Carlson Goes Wire-to-Wire at Tapemark

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2007 09:07 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 9:07 PM

NGA Tour professional John Carlson went wire-to-wire at the 2007 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am, shooting 65-66-67-198 (-15) to win by 8 strokes over six-time champion Don Berry.

In his first Tapemark since 2003, Carlson eagled the par-5 18th hole (his ninth hole of the day) and had 3 birdies and one bogey during his round. He just missed a birdie putt on his last hole that would have broke the tournament record by one.

Berry made a charge with three birdies on his first nine, but finished with all pars and one bogey on the par-4 eighth hole. Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes finished in third, one behind Berry.

In the 2003 Tapemark, Carlson shot 70-71-71-212 (-1) and tied for sixth, the same year Dave Tentis won by -15. Two other golfers share that tournament record: Don Berry in 1995 and George Shortridge in 1974.

In the team competition, there was a tie for first between the Brischke, Hooker, Kopesky and Roth team and the Kolb, Hilding, Reinhart and Gilroy team at -51. The team of Hoiness, Nelson, Mischke and Fleming finished third, one stroke back.

Low gross amateur for the competition was Tanners Brook golfer Joel Johnson, who shot 77-74-72-223 (+10).

Retiring Southview course superintendent Roger Kisch made the course play at it’s toughest, placing pins in difficult positions all weekend and keeping the greens firm.

With the addition of a large number of trees a few years ago, Southview may be one of the toughest shorter courses in the area when firm and windy (6,121 yards from the whites). Average score this year was 74 (+3) for pros and 99 (+28) for amateurs.

The 2008 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am is scheduled for June 6-8, 2008. Mark your calendars!

Final Leaderboards: Pros | Ams | Teams

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2007 at 9:07 pm

John Carlson Continues Lead at Tapemark

Posted Saturday, June 9th, 2007 07:35 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:35 PM

NGA Tour professional John Carlson continued his strong play on day two of the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am, shooting a 5-under par 66, giving him a 6-shot lead over six-time champion Don Berry (Edinburgh) and Kane Hanson (Detroit Lakes).

Scores today were lower than Friday, as winds decreased and a brief spot of rain softened the course slightly.

The team of Kolb, Hilding, Reinhart and Gilroy expanded on their first round lead, finishing at -37. Matching late in the day was the team of Paulson, Hickey, Opat and Langer.

For full leaderboards and tournament statistics, visit the official Tapemark Charity Pro-Am website:

Leaderboards: Pros | Ams | Teams

Tournament Summary
| Hole Statistics

Final Cut Lines: Pros +5, Teams -19, Seniors +4

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Minnesotan Michael Berg on the U.S. Open

Posted Saturday, June 9th, 2007 06:01 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 6:01 PM

31-year-old Detroit Lakes resident Michael Berg was scheduled to play in his first ever Tapemark Charity Pro-Am this weekend. He shot a 73 in the May qualifier at Southview, but had to withdraw after earning one of the 156 spots in next week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

Four years ago, Berg won a 4-for-1 playoff at Mendakota Country Club against Greg Peterson, Jim Lehman and J.T. Johnson by birdieing the first hole to earn a spot in the 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont.

When I talked to him yesterday, Berg was packing up the car for his return to Oakmont. He said the USGA was testing the best ams then to see what changes needed to be made to the course before the U.S. Open. The rough was the deepest, most penalizing he had ever seen and he noted nothing could have prepared him for what he saw.

“The fairways were faster than most greens in the Midwest, stimping at about a 9–with greens around a 15.”

In 2003, he started his round with a triple bogey, double bogey, bogey en route to a 13-over 83. It will be fun to watch how he does in his return to the fabled Pennsylvania course.

Best of luck Mike!

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Day One

Posted Saturday, June 9th, 2007 07:50 am GMT -5 in Golf at 7:50 AM

High winds, firm greens and tight pin placements greeted players in the first round of the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul.

NGA Tour professional John Carlson has the 18 hole pro lead after shooting a six-under 65. Jeff Sorenson from Columbia is three shots back, with a large group chasing those two at 69 and 70.

The team of Kolb, Hilding, Reinhart and Gilroy leads the amateur team competition at 22-under. Southview member Pete LaCoursiere shot the low amateur score of the day, a four-over 75.

Average score for the entire field was 86 (75 for professionals), with the short, downwind par-five fourth hole the easiest and the short, par-four first hole the most difficult (5.18 average score).

Play continues today with a 36-hole cut tonight. Spectators welcome!

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2007 at 7:50 am

Golf Newbie Finds Success at State

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2007 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:50 PM

Mounds Park Academy sophomore Natalie Lansing started taking golf lessons from Top 100 teaching professional Gerald McCullagh in March 2006–brand new to golf. Fifteen months later, she was playing in the Minnesota Class A State Golf Championship at Izatys.

Her dad Tom was following her group today and said she was a little nervous the first day, shooting a 98 in the rough, windy weather.

Natalie really turned things around today, though, firing an 83 that put her in a tie for 26th place. That was one shot better than the 84 she shot to qualify for state during the sectionals held at Goodrich Golf Course.

Also a basketball and soccer player, maybe now golf will take center stage. It does run in the family–Natalie’s sister Olivia also learned under McCullagh and now plays for Drake University in Iowa.

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Minnewaska and Virginia Win Class A Team Titles

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2007 10:10 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:10 PM

The Minnewaska girls team successfully defended their title today at Izatys Resort, winning by a convincing 47 strokes over second place St. Cloud Cathedral.

The course manager at Minnewaska Golf Club had contacted me earlier this season to let me know about the youth on their strong team: three freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and one senior. It will be fun to see if they can make it three straight next year.

  1. Minnewaska, 326-341-667
  2. St. Cloud Cathedral, 354-360-714
  3. Duluth Marshall, 355-379-734
  4. Providence Academy, 379-377-756
  5. Roseau, 396-363-759
  6. Luverne, 387-374-761
  7. Byron, 406-368-774
  8. Blue Earth, 450-425-875

On the boys side, Virginia increased their first round lead and cruised to a 35-stroke win over Breck. Virginia placed third last year and had five returning players from that team.

  1. Virginia, 309-317-626
  2. Breck, 337-324-661
  3. Crookston, 336-330-666
  4. Lake City, 341-329-670
  5. Glencoe-Silver Lake, 333-346-679
  6. Fairmont, 350-331-681
  7. Jackson County Central, 349-335-684
  8. Hawley/Ulen-Hitterdal, 376-354-730
Originally published by DK on June 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Detlefsen Wins Record Fourth Straight Title

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2007 06:18 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 6:18 PM

Minnehaha Academy senior Katie Detlefsen won a record fourth consecutive Minnesota Class A golf title today at Izatys Resort in Onamia, Minnesota. Her 71-73-144 (E) total was twelve shots better than second place golfers Kaytie Spangler of Ely and Molly Noser of Rochester Lourdes. This is the first time any golfer in Class A or AA, male or female, has won four consecutive titles. The girls played both rounds on the par 72, 5328-yard Sanctuary course.

Here are the top five finishers:

  • 1, Katie Detlefsen, Minnehaha Academy, 71-73-144 (E)
  • T2, Kaytie Spangler, Ely, 81-75-156 (+12)
  • T2, Molly Noser, Rochester Lourdes, 77-79-156 (+12)
  • 4, Michele Edlin, Jackson County Central, 79-81-160 (+16)
  • 5, Devon Harteneck, Lake City, 79-83-162 (+18)

On the boys side, first round leader Ryan Forgaard of Shattuck-St. Mary’s followed up his 73 with a 90 and dropped into a tie for 22nd. Virginia junior Casey Hill shot 74-77-151 (+7) to win the individual title by three strokes over Pierz junior Robert Bell. The boys played both rounds on the par 72, 6391-yard Black Brook course. Here are the top five finishers:

  • 1, Casey Hill, Virginia, 74-77-151 (+7)
  • 2, Robert Bell, Pierz, 79-75-154 (+10)
  • T3, Jim Foss, Roseau, 76-80-156 (+12)
  • T3, Scott Benson, Jackson County Central, 81-75-156 (+12)
  • T5, Kyle Bahe, Annandale, 81-76-157 (+13)
  • T5, Kris Kuenzli, Rockford, 82-75-157 (+13)
  • T5, Chase Sackett, Triton, 76-81-157 (+13)
  • T5, Travis Heitman, Lake City, 80-77-157 (+13)

The forecasted bad weather never materialized, but the winds were very high all day and it was warm and humid.

We will be uploading golfer photos later this evening to the tournament section of the photo gallery. It was a pleasure meeting with parents and coaches the past two days and we invite you to download photos for non-commercial use with our compliments.

This was our first year covering the high school golf tournaments and we will make plans to photograph more student athletes in the future.

Originally published by DK on June 7, 2007 at 6:18 pm

This Week on FORE! Minnesota

Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2007 05:07 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:07 PM

FORE! Minnesota, on Saturday, June 9, 2007 (9 am on KSTC-45):

  • Course Tour: Crow River GC (Hutchinson, MN)
  • Stories of Golf: “Mr. 59” Shad Muth (Hastings Country Club)
  • Tad Reeve’s Dream 18: Chaska Town Course #18
  • Pro Strategies: Craig Waryan (Edinburgh USA)
Originally published by DK on June 7, 2007 at 5:07 pm

2007 Class AA State Champions

Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 8:47 PM

Samantha Sommers followed up her first round 70 with a 77, but that was easily enough to win the girls individual AA title today at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Same story for Eagan senior Ryan Peterson, whose 67-73-140 (-4) was three better than Minnetonka senior Donald Constable.

In the team competition, the Burnsville girls team was able to hold on to their first round lead, shooting 345-344-689 to win by 13 shots over second-place Alexandria.

The Eagan boys team wasn’t as lucky, adding 21 strokes to their day one leading total and dropped to fifth place today. Minnetonka shot 300-305-605 to win by six shots over Forest Lake.

Photos will be added to the tournament section of the photo gallery later this week.

Our coverage of the Class A tournament at Izatys may be cancelled due to weather. Stay tuned…

2007 Class AA Final Results: Boys | Girls

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2007 at 8:47 pm

2007 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Drawing Night

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:22 PM

Tonight was drawing night for the 2007 Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club. The tournament starts Friday morning at 6:40am and runs through Sunday. Spectators are encouraged and admission is free.

The field for this year’s tournament is very strong. Dave Tentis returns to defend his title and will be joined by six-time winner Don Berry, two-time winner Bill Israelson, 2005 champion Tim Hegna, 2004 champion Chris Winkel, 2000 champion Craig Brischke, 1997 champion Mike Barge and a host of other talented pros.

Pro-Am Pairings

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm

2007 Midway on the Fairway

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:34 PM

The 70th Annual Midway on the Fairway Golf Tournament was held yesterday at Town and Country Club in St. Paul. A fund-raiser for the Midway Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is using the money raised to upgrade computers and offset the cost of dues.

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Minnesota Class AA Boys and Girls State Tournament

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:23 PM

Today was the first day of the 2007 Class AA Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.

On the boys side, Eagan has a one shot team lead over Forest Lake and Minnetonka. Full results from day one are listed here.

The Burnsville girls team has an eight shot lead over Alexandria and Wayzata. Full results from day one are listed here.

The Class AA tournaments conclude tomorrow, while the Class A tournaments kick off at Izatys starting at 8:30am.

Golfing in Minnesota will be on site at both locations this week to bring you photos and additional coverage. Stay tuned!

Class AA Wednesday tee times: boys | girls

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2007 at 3:23 pm

U.S. Open Minnesota Connections

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 10:16 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:16 AM

Next week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, will be lacking in golfers with Minnesota ties. Tom Lehman failed to qualify in a sectional tournament in Columbus, Ohio, firing a 71-74-145 to miss a playoff by two shots. At the same site, Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes was one shot better than Lehman at 69-75-144, but also missed out.

Tim Herron needed to win last week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village to get in on a multiple PGA Tour win exemption, but he finished T15. It does not appear that he attempted to qualify at any of the sectional sites this week.

One Minnesotan did qualify at a sectional qualifier–Michael Berg of Detroit Lakes finished two shots ahead of Don Berry at the Mission Hills, Kansas, event held at Indian Hills Country Club to claim the one available slot, shooting 73-67-140.

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2007 at 10:16 am

Somerby Golf Club Notes

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2007 05:05 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:05 PM

As mentioned yesterday, I had the opportunity to play Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minnesota. Somerby is a private 7,209 yard championship course designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman that opened summer 2004. The beautiful clubhouse that overlooks the 18th green cost a reported $9 million to build and it shows. The attention to detail and the amenities are very well done, as was the food and service in the grill.

The development is a partnership between Burnsville-based Ames Construction and Wensmann Homes of Eagan. The opening of the course and the surrounding homes didn’t coincide with the best of economic times, but things are starting to turn around. Membership is up and construction is starting to increase on the lots available for purchase. A new $6,000 initiation fee promotion with payments over several years has also made an impact. A national membership option for those living more than 50 miles away is also a tempting option, particularly for those living in the south metro area of the Twin Cities.

As for the course, I’ve always been a big John Fought fan. Two of his designs with Bob Cupp–Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon and Rush Creek in Maple Grove–are among my favorite courses to play. He now has two courses in Minnesota where he collaborated with Minnesota-native Tom Lehman that have attracted critical acclaim: Somerby and Windsong Farm.

My high expectations for Somerby were easily met. The course was obviously being toughened for the upcoming Nationwide event, so the rough was very penal and the greens were rolling very fast. Winds yesterday were relatively light, but I could see how it would have a major impact on how the course plays.

My favorite sequence of holes were on the back side: 14-16. The downhill 402 yard par-4 fourteenth to the semi-island green, the water features of the short risk-reward 317 yard par-4 fifteenth and the tough, long 454 yard number 1 handicap par-4 sixteenth are a great stretch of par four holes. I also like the opening hole on the back side, the 406 yard par-4 tenth with the sweeping vistas and elevated tee shot. The front side has a number of strong holes as well, but I think they get overshadowed by the back nine.

The course beat me up pretty bad, but I’d play a number of holes differently the next time and should have been playing a different set of tees. At least I found out why I’m not on tour–my approach shot on the 18th went straight into the bleachers and likely would have killed someone. Fun day all around, though…

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2007 at 5:05 pm

6th Annual Montgomery Cancer Classic

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2007 10:57 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:57 AM

Jake Keohen, general manager of the Montgomery Golf Club reports that the sixth annual Montgomery Cancer Classic will be held Saturday, June 23. The four person scramble event costs $60 per golfer ($30 extra for carts) and has raised more than $40,000 to date for the American Cancer Society. The shotgun start is at 1pm, followed by dinner and entertainment at 6pm.

To register, contact Jake at 507-364-5602 or email jake.montygc@frontiernet.net.

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2007 at 10:57 am

Somerby Prepares for Nationwide Event

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:52 PM

Today I had the opportunity to play Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minnesota, home of the Nationwide Tour’s Showdown at Somerby. This year’s tournament has been moved up to U.S. Open week, June 11-17. Admission Monday-Wednesday is free; Thursday-Sunday tournament admission is $10 per day or $30 for a four-day pass. Tickets can be purchased several ways:

  • Online at the tournament website
  • By calling 866-263-4653
  • At any of the three Rochester HYVEE stores
  • At the gate during the event

The field for the event will not be finalized and announced until Friday evening, but officials expect the move to the earlier date to improve the number of big names playing in the 2007 event.

My playing partner for the day was Greg Peterson, Somerby member and golf writer for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Greg is a former Gustavus collegiate golfer and continues to play in competitive amateur tournaments around the region. Many of his past golf columns will soon be archived on Golfing in Minnesota.

Tomorrow: notes on the course.

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Gophers Final Day at the NCAA Championship

Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:46 PM

Today was the final round of the NCAA Division I Championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Gophers started the day in a tie for 8th place after a rough third round that saw them drop 19 shots to leader Stanford.

The team played a little better today, led by Swedish sophomore Victor Almstrom, who had 4 birdies on his way to a 66. Senior Bronson LaCassie also got back on track, shooting an even-par 70.

Their 278-276-294-285-1133 (+13) team total tied them for ninth place with Florida, 24 shots behind 2007 champion Stanford.

Here are the final individual scores:

  • T15, Victor Almstrom, 73-68-71-66-278 (-2)
  • T22, Bronson LaCassie, 67-65-79-70-281 (+1)
  • T42, Niall Turner, 71-71-70-74-286 (+6)
  • T64, Ben Pisani, 68-72-78-74-292 (+12)
  • T74, Clayton Rask, 72-73-75-76-296 (+16)
Originally published by DK on June 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

2007 Heart of the City Half Marathon

Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Running at 12:37 PM

Today I ran my fourth Heart of the City Half Marathon in Burnsville, benefiting the Tender Hearts Foundation. I like this event a lot and it keeps getting better with age. Apparently I do too, as I set a new PR today: 2:18:50 (my other results are on the running fetish page).

After all of my bitching about banning headphones, here was a race I could use them in and decided not to. I’ve decided that I really like to run without any crap in my hands, stuff hanging off a belt or cords flopping around my head. If someone comes out with wireless ear buds that work for more than an hour and don’t cost a fortune, I’ll be all over it. Today was nice, though.

I also decided to stop worrying about Nike+iPod. The shoes that have that give me blisters (none today with a different pair) and the mileage was off anyway. In my old age, I don’t really care much any more about pace, total miles trained, etc. All that counts is the total on the clock at the end. Today’s numbers made me very, very happy.

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Bill Schaaf Double Aces

Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 11:07 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:07 AM

As Tad Reeve of the Pioneer Press first reported, St. Paul golfer Bill Schaaf had quite an experience last month. On Wednesday, May 9, the three handicap golfer had his first ever hole-in-one at Oak Marsh Golf Club in Oakdale during league play. His 8-iron shot on the 149 yard fifteenth hole sailed into the sun and into the hole.

The next morning, he went to another Wendell Pittenger course, St. Croix National Golf Club in Somerset, Wisconsin. The first tee was backed up, so his group teed off on the back nine first. When they got to the 141 yard fifteenth, lightning struck again as his PW shot went in for his second ace in ten hours. This time there was no sun glare and he saw the whole thing from the elevated tee.

Bill figures the odds at about nine million to one. The bar tabs were substantial, but he says he’s not looking forward for his cell phone bill to arrive, as it’s been ringing ever since. Not one to push his luck, he took a break from golf on Friday.

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2007 at 11:07 am

The Legend at Giants Ridge Update

Posted Friday, June 1st, 2007 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 2:54 PM

Manager John Kendall reports that The Legend course at Giants Ridge opened for play today, several weeks after The Quarry course. The Legend had some winter damage this year and they elected to let it recover further before opening. Both courses are still offering spring rates through June 14 ($55 Monday-Thursday, $65 Friday-Sunday). All green fees include golf car, range balls and yardage book, but do not include sales tax.

The Troon Golf-managed Giants Ridge facility continues to receive national accolades. Both courses are listed in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses, one of only six facilities (Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes, Kohler and Barefoot Resort) to have multiple courses in the Top 100. Combined with The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, this trio of Jeffrey Brauer gems is truly becoming a world-renowned golf destination.

In April, Giants Ridge unveiled a 10-year master plan for the area that includes a mountain top village, base resort village, water park, ice skating rink, parks and beaches, public and private boat landings and multiple housing and lodging options. The master plan contemplates investments approaching one billion dollars over the next decade, but there are currently no plans for additional golf courses.

Master Plan Brochure (PDF)

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Gophers Day Three at the NCAA Championship

Posted Friday, June 1st, 2007 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:24 PM

Golf can be a fickle master. Friday’s third round of the NCAA Division I Championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia, was a tough one for the maroon and gold.

Bronson LaCassie’s run atop the individual leaderboard came crashing down after a round that included seven bogeys and one double bogey. Ben Pisani also had a tough day, shooting an eight-over 78 that included two doubles and one triple.

The team total is now 278-276-294-848 (+14), which dropped them from second to a tie for eighth, twenty shots behind clubhouse leader Stanford.

Here are today’s individual scores:

  • T28, Bronson LaCassie, 67-65-79-211 (+1)
  • T31, Victor Almstrom, 73-68-71-212 (+2)
  • T31, Niall Turner, 71-71-70-212 (+2)
  • T65, Ben Pisani, 68-72-78-218 (+8)
  • T72, Clayton Rask, 72-73-75-220 (+10)

The tournament concludes tomorrow with the top 15 teams advancing to the final round.

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2007 at 12:24 pm

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? 1.3

Posted Friday, June 1st, 2007 11:07 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:07 AM

Highland Revisited

Last week, in response to Jerry Zgoda’s rankings of metro courses, I talked about the key elements of a great golf course. This week, I’ll talk about Highland National in St. Paul.

Golfers who played Highland Golf Course prior to the recent renovation recall a parkland golf course with trees uniformly lining the fairways to provide definition to the golf holes.

A key feature of the new Highland National is the use of the mature trees on the golf course to impact the strategy of the golf holes. Although the bunkers at Highland help shape the strategic route on many of the new holes the mature trees play an even more definitive role.

Water encroaching on golf holes at Highland would only be considered a negative if you view the water on number 16 at Cypress or number 18 at Pebble Beach as negatives. In Minnesota and elsewhere, water is a vital and historical part of the game (re: Bobby Jones lily pad shot at number 9 at Interlachen in the 1930 U.S. Open).

A more refined critique of the Twin Cities Municipal golf course layouts would find that Highland National deserves a high ranking in the metro area golf offerings based on its strategic playing features. Like all great golf courses its appeal grows the more it is played and its subtle rewards are discovered.

On the Paul Miller Golf Places to Play List, Highland National ranks a rocking 4 birdies.

Paul Miller can be reached at:

Paul Miller Design, Inc.
220 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55957
507-645-6999
paulmillerdesign@msn.com

Originally published by Paul on June 1, 2007 at 11:07 am

This Week on FORE! Minnesota

Posted Friday, June 1st, 2007 09:15 am GMT -5 in Golf at 9:15 AM

FORE! Minnesota, on Saturday, June 2, 2007 (9 am on KSTC-45):

  • Course Tour: Edinburgh USA (Brooklyn Park, MN)
  • Great Moments in MN Golf: U.S. Open (Minikahda 1916)
  • Stories of Golf: Golf’s New Toys in 2007 (Minnesota Golf Show)
  • Tad Reeve’s Dream 18: Spring Hill #13
  • Pro Strategies: Brock Swanson (Territory GC)
Originally published by DK on June 1, 2007 at 9:15 am
 

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