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Golf: Hill back to defend Northland Invite title

Match play at the Northland Invitational at Northland Country Club gets underway at 7:30 a.m. this morning with defending champion and No. 1 seed Tyler Hill taking on Frank Mertz to open the championship flight.

Alex Kolquist posted the top score in qualifying on Thursday so he earned the No. 2 seed. He drew Jeff Engbrecht in the first round.

Matt Mellin, who won the match-play Arrowhead Invitational last month at Ridgeview Country Club, is seeded 20th. Mellin, who won the Northland Invitational in 2016, opens against No. 13 Derek Farrell.

The second round of the Northland Invitational is scheduled to get underway at 1:30 p.m. today. The quarterfinals will be played Saturday while the semifinals and final take place Sunday.