Israelson stakes one-stroke lead at Pine to Palm
North Dakota State University’s Andrew Israelson took the lead early in the first round of championship qualifying at the 86th Pine to Palm golf tournament firing a seven-under-par round of 64 to hold a one-stroke lead Tuesday, August 7 at Detroit Country Club.
“I drove the ball well and had very few mistakes,” Israelson said.
The Bison junior played bogey-free golf and has all the confidence to go after the pins Wednesday on another perfectly-forecasted weather day for play.
“I’m gonna play more aggressive on some of the more difficult holes on the course, but basically stick to the same game plan,” he said.
Will Czeh is no stranger to the top of the leaderboard. He was a quarterfinalist in his last appearance in 2016 and finished a shot back of Israelson Tuesday tied with Erik Weiss of Moorhead, a former Cobber.
Czeh overcame a slow start on the back nine with a big rally to finish the round locked with Weiss in second place.
“The whole back nine, I didn’t get anything close,” said Czeh.
On the front side, Czeh birdied one, then five, chipped in for bird on six and closed with a birdie on nine.
“I started hitting better and tore up the front nine,” he said. “I hope to hit it a little more solid tomorrow but I can’t really ask for much lower than what I shot today.”
Gustavus Adolphus junior Ben Hauge is alone in fourth place after shooting five-under 66, two shots off the lead.
“I gave myself some short birdie putts,” Hauge said. “I’m just going to play the same, keeping it in the fairway and giving myself looks.”
In total, 27 golfers shot under par as the leaderboard cramped up with nine golfers tied in fifth place with scores of 68.
Last year’s co-medalist Nick Myhre, another Bison golfer, is in that mix, along with veteran Greg Melhus, Brock Ellingson, Alexander Schwab, Jackson Foth, Cole Hanson, Jordie Siverson, Andre Proctor and Tyler Nelson.
Six golfers are deadlocked a stroke back at two-under 69 with another seven-pack of shooters coming in at one-under 70.
The field of 152 golfers making the first-day cut will be whittled down to the final 64, including defending champion Chris Swenson, who made an appearance on the putting green late in the day. Swenson will play his practice round in the second wave of tee times beginning at noon. The morning session begins bright and early at 6:45 a.m.
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86th Pine to Palm Golf Tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 7, Detroit Country Club.
(Golfers under par)
Q Chris Swenson Fergus Falls (defending Champ)
1 Andrew Israelson Staples 64
T2 Will Czeh Roseau 65
T2 Erik Weiss Moorhead 65
4 Ben Hauge Ramsey 66
T5 Brock Ellingson Fargo 67
T5 Alexander Schwab Moorhead 67
T5 Jackson Foth Lenexa, KS 68
T5 Greg Melhus West Fargo 68
T5 Cole Hanson Grand Forks 68
T5 Jordie Siverson Moorhead 68
T5 Andrew Proctor Chandler, AZ 68
T5 Tyler Nelson West Fargo 68
T5 Nick Myhre Rolette, ND 68
T14 Thomas Longbella Chippewa Falls, WI 69
T14 Pat Deitz Moorhead 69
T14 Dylan Naylor Fargo 69
T14 Mason Fiddle Hugo 69
T14 Gage Stromme West Fargo 69
T14 Cade Montplaisir Mesa, AZ 69
T20 Caleb Ketterling Napoleon, ND 70
T20 Alex Gabriel Princeton 70
T20 Rick Kuhn Bismarck 70
T20 Bryant Buckellew Scottsdale, AZ 70
T20 Brennan Hockman Bemidji 70
T20 Ryan Paskey Detroit Lakes 70
T20 Dax Wallat Federal Way, WA 70