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88th men’s Arrowhead Invitational on tap
The 88th annual rendition of the tournament opens with today’s qualifying round and continues Friday with the opening of match play for flight winners. A new champion will be crowned Sunday afternoon.
This year’s field includes the likes of Brian Moores, Dan Moline, Reed Kolquist, Brandon Kolquist, Mike Abrahamson Jr. and defending champ Nate Anderson.
Lattery defends Nemadji Invite crown
Maggie Lattery fired an even-par 72 on Wednesday to defend her Nemadji Women’s Invitational crown at Nemadji Golf Course.
The 2008 Northwestern High School graduate won the open division with a steady round on Nemadji’s east-west course. She held off nine-time champ Norma O’Leary of Silver Bay, who finished a stroke back. A year ago, Lattery edged six-time winner Deb Showalter in a playoff.
“It’s exciting winning again,” Lattery, who recovered nicely after starting 3 over par on the first three holes, told the Superior Telegram. “I was less nervous this year; not having to play in a playoff was kind of nice.”
Showalter shot a 79 to finish third.
Duluth’s Barb Olson won the senior title for the fourth consecutive year. She shot an 84.
Bulldogs to retire Matula’s jersey
Mandy Matula’s No. 14 softball jersey will be retired on Oct. 18 during halftime of Minnesota Duluth’s homecoming football game with Northern State, marking the first time a Bulldog NCAA Division II athlete will be so honored.
The ceremony will be at Malosky Stadium, where the UMD softball team played all five of its home contests this spring.
Matula died in May 2013 at the age of 24. She was a starting pitcher and utility player with the Bulldogs from 2007-08 to 2010-11. She finished her career with a .304 batting average and 11-9 record. She earned a degree in accounting.
The UMD athletic department, in partnership with the Matula family, has established the 1 Four Mandy Matula Fund, which provides support for the Bulldog softball program. Donations can be made online at giving.umn.edu/giveto/matula.