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Kolquist captures third Northland golf title after playoff

John Youngman knew a well-earned victory in the 61st Lakeview Medal was a mere18-inch putt away. He had fought back from a two-stroke deficit with three holes left against a formidable opponent, Reed Kolquist, to lead by one shot on No. 18 on Sunday.

John Youngman knew a well-earned victory in the 61st Lakeview Medal was a mere18-inch putt away.

He had fought back from a two-stroke deficit with three holes left against a formidable opponent, Reed Kolquist, to lead by one shot on No. 18 on Sunday. He overcame the cold and blustery winds at Lester Park Golf Course. He rejoiced with a high-five to caddie Jeff Sundin after his 20-foot chip set up the putt.

However, he was left in awe after his putt veered two inches right to miss the win and force a playoff with Kolquist. Youngman of Superior parred the first playoff hole, while Kolquist of Hermantown made a 20-foot putt to birdie and win the 46-hole amateur tournament with a 8-over-par 193.

"This was going to be my last individual tournament," said Youngman, 38, who might join the PGA to become a course professional. "I'm disappointed. I might have to reconsider those plans after [Sunday]. I'm just not sure anymore."

That 18-inch putt was the source of Youngman's consternation.

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"The ball wiggled on me in the wind," said Youngman, who works at Lester Park. "I should have stepped away. It was a mental error on my part."

Kolquist, who won the Northland Invitational on Aug. 12 with his putter, confirmed how the wind influenced putts with three three-putts in the last nine Sunday. In June, Kolquist outlasted Troy McNulty in a playoff to win the Reidar Lund Skyline Memorial.

"I feel so bad for him," said Kolquist, 44, who won his eighth Lakeview Medal and 31st overall title in area tournaments. "I don't know what to say. I had conceded. It was over ... It was his [win]. I stole it."

Kolquist kept a two-shot advantage from hole Nos. 36 to 42. On the 43rd hole of the contest, or No. 16 on the back nine, Youngman made a 16-foot putt for birdie, while Kolquist three-putted for bogey to tie the score at 8 under.

"I had to be aggressive," said Youngman, in his sixth Lakeview. "I had to make a move with three holes left. After the putt [on 16], I thought, 'I'm back in this.' "

On 17, Youngman took the lead after his 50-foot birdie putt got within 2 inches. He saved par as Kolquist bogeyed.

Two-time Lakeview winner Kyle Ness of Duluth led the tournament by two strokes after a 4-under 68 Saturday and kept that margin with a 40 through the first nine holes Sunday.

Then the tighter lake nine inflated everyone's scores.

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Ness, who won in 1995 and 2002, shot 10 over on the lake nine and trailed by four strokes.

"It was like taking right and left punches all day from the golf gods," Youngman said of the lake nine where he shot a 5-over 41. "The wind made it worse as it funnels through the trees off [Lake Superior]."

The only golfer not knocked out was Kolquist, who moved into the lead with a tournament-best 3-over 39.

Defending champ Jerry Kirby of Waconia, Minn., was victimized by the lake nine. His deficit grew from a meager three shots to an insurmountable 15 strokes after a 54. Kirby finished tied for 33rd at 213.

As Youngman could attest, pain inflicted universally is easier to deal with than pain self-inflicted.

Anderson winsSilver Bay INvitational

Duluthian Scott Anderson shot 4-over-par 75 Sunday to win the 45th Silver Bay Invitational at Silver Bay Golf Course.

Anderson, who won the Cloquet Invitational in July, had a three-day total of 77-69-75--221 and was one shot better than Eric Berquist (75-72-75--222).

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Abrahamson and Rudewin Grand Slam

Mike Abrahamson of Duluth and Neil Rude of White Bear Lake, Minn., shot a 19-under 195 to win the three-day Grand Slam amateur tournament.

The tournament was played at Sugarbrook, Pokegama and Eagle Ridge Golf Courses.

61st Lakeview Medal

At Lester Park Golf Course

Sunday's Final-Round Results

Championship Flight

*1. Reed Kolquist, 189 (193); 2. John Youngman, 189 (194); 3. Ross Fremont, 192; 4. Kyle Ness, 193; 5. Scott Matthias, 194; 6. (tie) Dave Isaacson, 197; 6. Jason Patronas, 197; 6. Chris Anderson, 197; 9. Alex Kolquist, 198; 10. Nate Anderson, 199; 11. Dan Frigaard, 201; 12. Eric Ness, 202; 13. (tie) Troy McNulty, 203; 13. Tim Carlson, 203; 15. (tie) Tim Cheslak, 204; 15. Jud Crist, 204; 17. (tie) Tony Battistini, 205; 17. Rock Arcilla, 205; 17. Riley Kolquist, 205; 20. Steve Stojevich, 206. * -- won in playoff.

45th Silver Bay Invitational

At Silver Bay Golf Course

Sunday's Final-Round Results

Championship Flight

1. Scott Anderson, 77-69-75--221; 2. Eric Berquist, 75-72-75--222; 3. Frank Rich, 71-75-77--223; 4. Todd Gervais, 75-76-78--229; 5. Mike Elam, 77-73-80--230; Dan Mozzetti, 75-77-78--230; 7. Kyle Scanlon, 77-76-78--231; Luke Mattila, 77-78-76--231; 9. Pat McBride, 78-74-81--233; 10. Gene Wolfe Jr., 78-78-80--236; 11. Jeff Berquist, 78-75-85--238; 12. Phil Ives, 77-76-86--239; 13. Gordy Thorne, 75-88-80--243; Terry Scott, 78-85-81--244.

Grand Slam

At Pokegama, Sugarbrook and Eagle Ridge Golf Courses, Coleraine

Sunday's Final-Round Results

1. Mike Abrahamson-Neil Rude, 195; 2. Clint Cornell-Arie DeGrio, 198; 3. Jeff Erickson-Steve Forneris, 201; 4. Chris Carlson-Derek Rolle, 202; 5. (tie) John Hawkinson-Jordan Hawkinson, Eric Przbylza-Bill Westerberg, 203.

ANDY GREDER covers area golf for the News Tribune. He can be reached at (218) 723-5315 or by e-mail at agreder@duluthnews.com .

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