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By Brian Wierima, Published August 13 2009

Anderson makes Pine to Palm history

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Ever since she entered her first competitive golf tournament, Amy Anderson had her sights set on making her mark at the Pine to Palm golf tournament at the Detroit Country Club.

Mission accomplished.

Anderson made Pine to Palm history Wednesday as the first female golfer to earn a berth in the field of 64 in championship play.

The 17-year-old Oxbow, N.D., prodigy carded a 71-73 for a final two-round score of two-over par 144, thus qualifying her for championship match play, which starts this morning.

Her journey into the Pine to Palm record books started with the tournament’s junior sister tourney, which is played at Ironman Golf Course in Detroit Lakes the same week.

“The Ironman Tournament was the first tournament I ever played in,” Anderson said. “And ever since then, I always was eyeing the Pine to Palm. It’s been one of the tournaments I always wanted to do well in for so many years.”

Her success didn’t go unnoticed during the first three days of the tournament, as well.

Anderson was the buzz of the Pine to Palm leading up to Wednesday’s final qualifying round.

“What a great story,” said championship qualifier Nick Olsgaard, who tied for second place overall with a 5-under par 137. “I don’t really want to see her in match play.”

Two-time Pine to Palm champion Rick Kuhn was also quite impressed with the history-maker from Oxbow.

“It’s amazing,” Kuhn said. “She can make it in match play. She hits the ball well and she has a great short game. She’ll be tough to beat.”

And it’s not like she didn’t already have some major accomplishments heading into the Pine to Palm.

Anderson won the USGA Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship – as well as medalist laurels – July 25, at the New Course at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Stroking an even-par 71 Tuesday in the first round of qualifying set the pace for Anderson to ink her name in the Pine to Palm history books.

She repeated her first-round performance Wednesday by carding a two-over par 73 to ensure her berth in the field of 64.

The secret to her success?

She simply played her game and played it well.

“I basically just hit the fairways and two-putted,” Anderson said. “I went out of bounds on six, which was really my only (negative).”

For results, see the Scoreboard.

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