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Heath Hotzler, Published April 13 2007

Siverson finally has his day at Augusta

It might have been the worst day in Duane Siverson’s recreational life.

The year was 1996 and Siverson’s Concordia women’s golf team had just finished sixth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

A player on that team had an uncle with a membership to Augusta National Golf Club – home of the Masters tournament – who secured tee times for the Cobbers to play the exclusive course.

An avid golfer with a zero handicap, Siverson never made it to the front gate.

Just a few miles from Augusta, rain forced the club to close its doors.

“We didn’t get halfway there,” Siverson said. “We couldn’t even see the road anymore because of the rain.”

Eleven years later, Siverson finally found a way to get on the course. Siverson and some of his friends arranged a trip to attend this year’s Masters.

It’s not teeing off at the famous No. 12 hole, but it was still an opportunity to witness the world’s greatest golfers playing one of the world’s most recognizable courses.

Siverson, who spent all of last Thursday at the tournament before heading back to Moorhead, loved every minute.

Siverson said he and his group arrived at the club early and set their chairs against the ropes near the 16th tee box. The group then walked the lush grounds for about seven hours.

“It was way different than I expected,” Siverson said. “It looked a lot like playing in the mountains because of the elevation changes. It was really incredible. And the fairways and greens were like concrete.”

After the long walk, Siverson was ready for his closeup.

During its broadcast, CBS captured Siverson in the background as Tiger Woods teed off at No. 16.

“I’m looking for someone who TiVoed it so maybe I can get a picture out of it,” he said.

Masters mission accomplished.

Odds and ends

Concordia sophomore pitcher Jill Reinert set a school record with 20 strikeouts in a 12-inning victory last week against Bethel. Teammate Kelli Niess broke the team’s career record for stolen bases with 53. The previous record of 52 was held by Mindy Schirm (1995-97) … Cobbers senior catcher Chris Klabo is seven home runs shy of breaking the baseball team’s career record. … Minnesota State Moorhead’s annual spring football game is scheduled for April 21. The Dragon’ Walk-A-Thon to raise money for its athletics programs will be held before the game. … Valley City State defensive back Jackyson Brazile was the star of the Vikings football team’s annual Lift-A-Thon last week. Brazile, a

5-foot-9, 185-pounder from Naples, Fla., had the team’s top bench press (300 lbs.) and squat (500 lbs.) for players less than 200 pounds. … MSUM junior running back Dante Mathis has quit the team. Second on the team with 305 rushing yards last season, Mathis was to be moved to defensive end next year. It was unclear where he was on the defensive line depth chart.

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Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com.

Hotzler’s small college blog can be found at www.areavoices.com