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Kolquist back to defend Reidar Lund title

Despite winning back-to-back Reidar Lund Skyline Memorial titles, Alex Kolquist says it's way too early to start talking about his quest to become the all-time wins leader at Duluth's oldest golf tournament.

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Alex Kolquist putts during the 71st Reidar Lund Golf Tournament at Enger Park Golf Course. (2014 file / News Tribune)

Despite winning back-to-back Reidar Lund Skyline Memorial titles, Alex Kolquist says it’s way too early to start talking about his quest to become the all-time wins leader at Duluth’s oldest golf tournament.
His father, Reed, agrees.
“I was joking with him last week when we signed up that I’m going for my third,” Alex Kolquist said. “He was like, ‘I have
nine.’ ”
Alex Kolquist’s attempt at a third straight Reidar Lund title and the long continuing quest to catch his father begins today at Enger Park Golf Course with 18 holes of qualifying set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Play resumes Sunday at 8 a.m. for the final 27 holes, with the championship flight leaders projected to tee off at 9:30 a.m.
Alex Kolquist, a Hermantown High School graduate, hopes to have one of those later tee times, but acknowledged that may be a bigger challenge for him this year as opposed to years past. After spending the previous five summers working at Enger, he’s moved back to Hermantown and spends significantly less time at Enger.
“I’m definitely going in there with a fresher start,” Alex Kolquist said. “It’s a course I haven’t played much this year so the holes I took for granted last year and the year before will be new to me this year. I’m excited for it for sure.”
The younger Kolquist won his first Reidar Lund in 2013 by shooting a tournament-record 10-under-par 170 over 45 holes. Reed Kolquist was the previous record holder shooting an 8-under-par 172 in 2006.
Last year, Kolquist shot an even-par 180 to win by four strokes over Dave Isaacson.
“Anyone with Kolquist in their name is going to be a contender,” Duluth’s Dan Moline said.
“Alex Kolquist will be tough to knock off. He’s had that tournament to himself the last couple years. I’d certainly like to see if I could give him a run.”
Moline, a two-time Reidar Lund champion, is a likely contender to beat the Kolquist family this weekend if he’s able to duplicate his success from last summer. In addition to winning his fourth Northland Invitational at Northland Country Club, he claimed his first Arrowhead Invitational title at Ridgeview Country Club.
Moline also finished third at the Lakeview Medal at Lester Park Golf Course, fourth at the Cloquet Invitational and in a four-way tie for third at the Reidar Lund.
“It was nice finishing off the season like that,” Moline said about 2014. “I haven’t played a whole lot this year, especially tournaments so it’s hard to gauge how my tournament game is faring until I get a few under my belt.
“Reidar Lund is always a really good one to start off. It’s a very fun tournament. I always enjoy playing in it. It’s the first one of the year to test your tournament nerves.”
The Reidar Lund is the first of Duluth’s four main amateur summer tournaments along with the Arrowhead Invitational from July 22-26, the Northland Invitational from August 12-16 and the Lakeview Medal on Aug. 22-23.
This weekend’s tournament is named in honor of Duluthian Reidar Lund, who spent 18 years as News Tribune sports editor from 1941 to 1959, before going to the St. Paul Pioneer Press as sports editor. He died after finishing a round of golf in St. Paul in 1961.

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