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By Brian Wierima, Published August 12 2009

Hoge sets record at Pine to Palm

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The 77th Pine to Palm golf tournament was the latest stop for the one-man wrecking crew known as Tom Hoge.

The Fargo golfer’s play Tuesday during the first round of qualifying matched the weather – hot – after Hoge shot a new tournament qualifying round record 9-under par 62.

The mark breaks the previous score of 8-under par 63, held by three golfers: Clayton Rask (2006), Kane Hanson (2005) and Jeff Lamp (2003).

Each of those golfers went on to win Pine to Palm medalist laurels.

The all-time Pine to Palm low round by Hoge proceeds a busy two days for him, which included winning the U.S. Amateur qualifier at the Fargo Country Club with a pair of 67s just 24 hours earlier.

“Actually, I was just trying to have some fun today and relax after the U.S. Amateur qualifier,” Hoge said of his Tuesday’s score of 62. “But anytime you are seeing the ball go in the hole that much, it builds confidence.”

Confidence would come quick for Hoge, who started with a birdie on No. 1. His only bogey in his 18 holes came on No. 3, but a chip-in for eagle on six quickly put him on the fast track.

The TCU men’s Division I All-American finished with eight birdies – five on the back nine – an eagle and one bogey.

Oddly enough, putting wasn’t a key, but effective driving and a short game nullified that need.

“I was driving the ball well and my short pitches put the ball close to the hole so I had maybe one long putt outside of 20 feet,” Hoge said. “It wasn’t anything spectacular.”

Hoge’s victory tour over the last two weeks also included winning the Minnesota State Amateur championship at Mendakota Country Club.

“I was struggling going into the Minnesota State Am, but I played well there and things started to click,” Hoge said. “Basically today, I wanted to just go out and get a good feel for the course and have fun.”

Qualifying for the field of 64 in championship play will continue today.

Leaders

Championship qualifying

Note: Defending champ Ben Freeman is exempt.

1, Tom Hoge, Fargo, 62. 2 (tie), Patrick Thomas, Fargo; Jeff Lamp, Fargo, 66. 4 (tie), Peter Krier, Lake Park, Minn.; Clinton Boutelle, Cody, Wyo.; Scott Linnerooth, Bozeman, Mont., 67. 7 (tie), Jon Sauer, St. Cloud, Minn.; Spencer Hilde, Moorhead; Ben Cahill, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Cameron White, Plymouth, Minn.; Wade Walters, St. Paul; Nick Krattiger, Lake Mills, Wis., 68.

13 (tie), John Delzer, Bismarck; Todd Hillier, Hoople, N.D.; Geoff Pirkl, Stoughton, Wis., 69. 16 (tie), Nick Olsgaard, Moorhead; Max Hosking, Madison, Wis.; Brock Buckellew, Moorhead; Mike Huber, Bismarck; Kyle VandeVoort, Fargo; Anthony Cordes, Farmersville, Ohio; Garrett Gosh, Pewaukee, Wis., 70.

23 (tie), Kenny Rucker, Eau Claire, Wis.; Pat Deitz, Fargo; Thomas Welk, Bismarck; Amy Anderson, Oxbow, N.D.; Justin Jenkins, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Ben Bergquist, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Nicholas Glass, Fargo; Thomas Campbell, Minneapolis; Ben Wood, St. Louis; Bryce Mattson, Oxbow, N.D., 71.

Mid-Am

1, Otis Hesteness, Audubon, Minn., 145. 2, Scott McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif., 149. 3 (tie), Kent Fronk, Jamestown, N.D.; Todd Schaefer, Grand Forks, N.D.; Jay Olafson, Fargo, 150. 6, Frank Campbell, Lake Elmo, Minn., 152. 7, Randy Hanson, Frazee, Minn., 153. 8 (tie), Craig Stein, Moorhead; Aaron Burnside, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Thomas P. Solien, Moorhead, 154.

11, Jim Davidson, Calabassas, Calif., 155. 12 (tie), Duane Geiger, Faribault, Minn.; Matthew Erickson, Wheaton, Ill., 160. 14, Scot Moores, Alexandria, Minn., 164. 15 (tie), Peter Bologna, New York; Mark Erickson, Jr., Cincinnati, 168.

Seniors

1, William Blake, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 72. 2 (tie), Jeff Tweeton, Perham, Minn.; John Schwankl, Battle Lake, Minn.; Mike Stirling, Fargo; Dan Elton, Moorhead, 73.

Flights

1 (tie), Marty Fiala, Fargo; Tim Bohlman, Grand Forks, N.D., 72. 3, Ross Mickelson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 73. 4, Brian Zerface, Valley City, N.D., 74. 5 (tie), Jacob Witham, Roseville, Minn.; Travis Trapp, Moorhead; Colin Schifferman, Seattle, 75. 8 (tie), Todd Quirk, Omaha, Neb.; Chad Kosin, Holmen, Wis.; George Theisen, Monticello, Minn., 76.