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Grand Forks' Rodacker defends N.D. Senior Match Play title

Entering the final day of the North Dakota Golf Association Senior Match Play tournament, all four division championships featured one Grand Forks golfer.

Entering the final day of the North Dakota Golf Association Senior Match Play tournament, all four division championships featured one Grand Forks golfer.

Malcolm Rodacker made sure the hometown golfers weren't shut out.

Rodacker defeated Dick Haug 1-up to win his second straight Palmer Division title on Sunday at the Grand Forks Country Club.

"It was a grueling day," Rodacker said. "I was never up until the last hole, but I guess that's the one that counts."

Haug won the first hole and Rodacker bounced between even and one down most of the way.

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On the final hole, Haug had a difficult north-to-south putt with a severe break to potentially win the hole. The putt was strong and went down the slope about five feet. His putt back up the hill misfired, allowing Rodacker to seal the win.

Rodacker was the only Grand Forks golfer to win a championship flight.

In the Mid-Amateur Division, Rolette's Jay Myhre defeated Grand Forks' Perry Nakonechny 1-up. Myhre last won the Mid-Amateur in 2006.

In the Hogan Division, Noel Fedje beat Grand Forks' Jim Leigh 1-up. The loss snapped Leigh's streak of four straight Hogan titles.

In the Nicklaus Division, Bismarck's Todd Baumgartner beat Grand Forks' Bill Olson 4 and 3. Baumgartner won his fourth Nicklaus title in the past six years.

"It was a good match; Bill's a good player," Baumgartner said.

Baumgartner was 1-up through nine holes. But wins on holes 11 to 14 put the match away.

"That little stretch was the difference," Baumgartner said.

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Baumgartner's victory capped an impressive stretch at the Grand Forks Country Club. He won the Nicklaus championship on the course two years ago and won the state seniors stroke play championship there this June.

"I feel like this is getting to be routine," Country Club pro Leo Marchel said as he handed Baumgartner the trophy.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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