Birdieing three of his first four holes, Dean Wilson cruised to a six-shot victory over Eric Anderson to earn his second ever Palmer Kise Invitational title Sunday afternoon at the Redwood Falls Golf Club.
Wilson took a four-shot lead into Sunday’s 27-holes of action after firing an even-par round of 69 (36-33) Saturday. In his opening round he was two-over par after seven holes but would go two-under in the final 11, including birdies on holes three, eight and nine to finish even.
Anderson couldn’t muster a birdie Saturday but was just four shots back at 73. Redwood Falls graduate John Boney was four-over on the front-nine but recovered to shoot 73, and Redwood Falls native John Jenniges, Jr. bogeyed his last two holes but was also just four shots back with a solid four-over round of 73.
Defending champion Pat Smith had zero birdies on day one and suffered a double-bogey seven on the par-5 12th to shoot 75, and six-time champion Mike Smith couldn’t get anything going either and had to settle for a 77.
With a four-shot cushion, Wilson took control on day two with birdies on 11, 12 and 13 (the players teed off on the par-four 10th hole to start their rounds) to open up three-under after four holes. He would go bogey, double-bogey to finish the round but still fired an even-par 34.
None of the trailing players made a move on the front nine, and Wilson would birdie holes six and nine coming in to finish with a one-over par round of 70 (the course played to a par-69 with hole 16 playing a par-3 do to wet conditions).
Redwood Valley graduate and former St. Cloud State baseball player Logan Swann – who fired a first-day 75 – would put together a solid round of 72 Sunday to sit eight shots back of Wilson in second place after 36 holes.
With nine holes still to play and a virtually insurmountable eight-shot lead, Wilson would coast in with a 38 to win by six shots (177) over Anderson who put together a one-under round of 35 (183).
“I thought overall I played pretty steady tee to green,” Dean Wilson said. “Coming into the tournament I was struggling with my putter, but the first day I made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole and on Sunday I made a 35-foot birdie putt on the second hole and that helped give me some confidence.”
Swann fired a 42 to finish in a tie for third at 192 with Pat Smith who shot 40 coming in. Levi Hauser had the round of the day with a one-under 68 to capture the President’s Flight (78-68) over Pat Smith’s son Max Smith who was seven shots back in second at 153 (79-74). The brother combo of Eric Suedbeck (88-80) and Tim Suedbeck (86-82) tied for first in the Captain’s Flight with rounds of 168. The Master’s Flight featured three solid veteran players at the top of the leaderboard with Dan McGregor of Oklahoma holding off David Kokesh in a playoff after both shot even-par rounds of 140 (69-71). Three-time champion Ron Kise was third at 145 (72-73). Jeff Evenson held off Doug Prins to win the Senior Flight (157-158), and the smooth swinging Marty Caraway rolled to an impressive 21-shot win over Matt Peschau (163-184) in the Third Flight.
“It’s a great tournament so it’s always fun to be able to win,” Wilson said. “I was able to get that lead after day one and hold on from there against some good players. It was a great weekend.”
For complete flight results check out Thursday's print edition of the Gazette.