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Skarperud repeats as all-city golf champ

A couple of golfers had a chance to ruin Tim Skarperud's chance of repeating as the Grand Forks men's all-city golf champion Sunday. Duane Wages Jr. was two strokes behind Skarperud and Josh Bergrud was four back through 14 holes at the Grand For...

Tim Skarperud
Tim Skarperud

A couple of golfers had a chance to ruin Tim Skarperud's chance of repeating as the Grand Forks men's all-city golf champion Sunday.

Duane Wages Jr. was two strokes behind Skarperud and Josh Bergrud was four back through 14 holes at the Grand Forks Country Club. But Skarperud shot an even-par 36 on the back nine, giving him a 180 for the tournament and his second-straight all-city title.

Bergrud and Wages Jr. tied for second place with 182.

Skarperud shot a 1-over 73 on Sunday, while Bergrud shot a 70 and Wages had a 71. But Skarperud's 27-hole total of 107 on the first day of the tournament bested Wages and Bergrud's first-round scores by four and five strokes respectively.

"It was just about steadiness," Skarperud said. "I didn't make many birdies and I didn't make many bogeys. It was just about keeping it in the fairways and not making many mistakes."

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On Saturday, Skarperud shot the best round of the day at King's Walk with a 69 and had a nine-hole round of 38 at Valley in East Grand Forks.

"It was really two different days," Skarperud said. "(Saturday) at King's Walk it was cool and calm in the morning, and it got windy in the afternoon at Valley.

"Today, the pins were pretty tricky out there. It was tough to make some putts because you couldn't be real aggressive on it. They were in some tough spots."

Pat Bugliosi finished fourth in the championship flight with 189. Randy Gresh, Matt Norby and UND golfer Tyler Monda tied for fifth with 190 and four golfers (Jason Capes, Barry Romo, Matthew Haugstad and Nathan Brewinski) tied for eighth with 191.

"There's some great golfers (competing)," Skarperud said. "There's some UND golfers playing this year, and they're always strong because they play competitively so much."

On the par-5 No. 17 hole, Skarperud had a nice third shot that put him about five feet from the cup, but his putt came up inches short. He also missed a tricky putt on the 18th green.

"My putting wasn't real good, but at the same time I was putting myself in the position to make par, and that's what you have to do when those pins are tough," he said.

Perry Nakonechny won the president's flight, followed by Jordan Wojnarski. Justin Kalanquin and Nathan Olson tied for third.

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"It's about going out there, having fun and playing as well as you can," Skarperud said. "It's always tough to repeat, because every year is so different. You have to get a couple lucky bounces and I was fortunate enough to have that go my way this weekend."

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