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Home is where the Hull is

It was the same Brett Hull that strode down the fairway at Nemadji Golf Course on Sunday, his clubs trolleyed on golf cart number 29, as the budding sniper that terrorized WCHA goalies with those very digits on his back during his days at UMD.

It was the same Brett Hull that strode down the fairway at Nemadji Golf Course on Sunday, his clubs trolleyed on golf cart number 29, as the budding sniper that terrorized WCHA goalies with those very digits on his back during his days at UMD.
The same Hull that picked up a golf club seriously for the first time during his college days in Duluth.
The same Hull that brought a Stanley Cup trophy to the Northland last summer, and just missed doing it again this year.
"Injuries hurt us in the finals," said Hull, following his final round 37 that left him tied with Duluth's Kevin Oswald for third place in the Nemadji Invitational.
"And 'Jersey was a very good opponent."
Getting back to the finals and hoisting Lord Stanley's Holy Grail for a second time was Hull's dream this season. The outspoken former Bulldog had lamented the speed with which the moments surrounding his initial Cup winning experience had passed him by, and yearned for a chance to feel it again, this time taking the time to savor every second.
Martin Brodeur and the Devils interrupted Hull's quest for a second Cup, and, although making it to the finals is always special, Hull likened coming back to Duluth without the Cup to "kissing your sister."
But it's always nice to be back, said Hull, who was clearly in his element over the weekend, spending time on the golf course with old friends and new.
"It's always the same," said Hull. "I love the area and the people up here."
And the people love Hull. Crowds gathered at every green to watch the star of the Stars use the sticks he's just slightly less known for.
As for the golf, Hull was solid, even spectacular off the tee and on the fairway. His drives were consistently long and powerful, as were his irons. His struggles, however, came with the putter.
Following a birdie on the opening hole of the final round on Sunday, Hull three-putted the second hole to salvage par. It would be a precursor of the day's events for Hull, who would also three-putt the par-four third hole.
"If I don't three-putt those two in a row, I'm in the playoff," lamented Hull afterward.
The putter failed Hull all weekend, which was disappointing, but not surprising to UMD's single-season goal scoring record holder.
"I spent so much time playing in Dallas," he said. "It's different. The whole round should have been under par. I just couldn't figure out the speed."
But, by summer's end, he will have surely adjusted to the Up North green speed and to the Up North pace he's become so accustomed to during his off-seasons.
Unfortunately, it will be just in time for training camp to start. And another quest for the Cup.

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