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Moline wins windy Lakeview Medal

After three-putting for a seven on the par-4 18th hole at Lester Park Golf Course on Sunday, Duluth's Dan Moline admitted his game "wasn't all there this summer." And while Moline's game wasn't there for the final hole of the weekend, it was for ...

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Dan Moline of Duluth chips in for birdie on the par 3, No.15 hole during the final round of the Lakeview Medal at Lester Park in Duluth on Sunday. Moline won the tournament. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

After three-putting for a seven on the par-4 18th hole at Lester Park Golf Course on Sunday,
Duluth’s Dan Moline admitted his game “wasn’t all there this summer.”
And while Moline’s game wasn’t there for the final hole of the weekend, it was for the previous 44 holes. Moline finished with a 3-over-par 183 to win his third Lakeview Medal tournament on Sunday and his first title at Lester Park since he went back-to-back in 2010-11.
“I’m very happy with how I played for the entire tournament,” said Moline, who beat Matt Smith and Dave Isaacson by two strokes. “I had a couple loose holes out there, but I think everybody did. It feels really good to close the season off with a win.”
Moline won two of Duluth’s four major golf tournaments a year ago - the match-play Northland and Arrowhead invitationals - and finished third at the two stroke-play tournaments - Reidar Lund and Lakeview Medal.
This year he started with a fourth-place finish at the lightning-shortened Reidar Lund at Enger Park, but then he was upset early in the Arrowhead Invitational at Ridge-
view Country Club and lost in the quarterfinals a week ago at the Northland Invitational.
He also finished in a tie for 30th at the Minnesota State Amateur at Northland and in a tie for seventh at the Cloquet Invitational at Cloquet Country Club.
“It kind of felt like my game wasn’t all there this summer and I started to find a little something this weekend,” Moline said. “It was nice to finish it off this way.
“I did putt pretty well for most of the (Lake-
view Medal) tournament, which has been not very good this summer. It was nice to putt a little bit better.”
There was no putting necessary for Moline on the par-3 No. 15 on Lester Park’s back nine on Sunday. After missing the raised green to the far left off the tee, Moline chipped in for birdie despite his ball sitting at least four feet below the hole.
“Dan was phenomenal today with all his shots,” said Smith, who won the Lakeview Medal in 2012 and finished alone in second in 2014. “His chip in on 15 was unbelievable.”
Birdies were easy to come by at Lester Park during the opening round on Saturday as Smith shot a 7-under 65 and Moline carded a 6-under 66. Sunday was a different story, however, with winds over 20 mph and gusts up to 36 mph, in addition to a course that was soaked the night before by heavy rains.
“The fact that it’s wide open on the front and back, I’m able to hit driver and not worry about where it goes. Today was a little tougher,” Smith said. “I enjoy the Lake 9. Usually I’m able to hit a 3-iron down the middle and be OK with it, but not in this wind. It was a different ball game today.”
Both Smith and Moline said they were aiming 40-50, sometimes 60-yards to the left or right of their intended target on Sunday. Moline finished at 9-over par over the final 27 holes while Smith was 12-over. Isaacson, who shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday, turned in the best 27-hole score on Sunday, shooting 2-over.
“I think what we found today was with the direction of the wind, it made every hole a cross wind from either direction. It was really difficult,” Moline said. “We were hitting some of our tee shots out over the woods just to keep it in play.
“It was really difficult to judge your clubs, especially on the Lake 9. It was swirling a lot. I played the Lake 9 really well. That got me into position.”
2015 Lakeview Medal
At Lester Park Golf Course, Duluth
Final 45-hole Championship Flight Results
1. Dan Moline 66-117-183 (+3); 2 (tie). Matt Smith 65-120-185 (+5); Dave Isaacson 75-110-185(+5); 4. Ross Fremont 71-116-187 (+7); 5. Alex Kolquist 70-119-187 (+9); 6. Alex Lackner 71-120-192 (+12); 7. Trent Sundbom 70-123-193 (+13); 8. Mark Florence 74-121-195 (+15); 9. Jud Crist 79-118-197 (+17); 10 (tie). Brett Morrison 78-120-198 (+18); Taylor Sundbom 74-124-198 (+18).
First Flight: Rob Irving 79-79-158. Second Flight: Dick Higgins 88-82-170. Third Flight: John Lind: 97-84-181. Senior Championship Flight: Bill Cheslak 71-77-148. Senior First Flight: Taek Kwon 85-87-172.

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