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Brian Wierima, Published August 14 2009

Anderson advances with win over Krier

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Amy Anderson is making quite a name for herself at the Detroit Country Club.

A gallery fit for a Sunday Championship match came a bit early at the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament Thursday as over 100 people followed the opening match between Anderson and Lake Park’s Peter Krier.

The attraction was Anderson’s first trip to Championship match play as she kept writing more Pine to Palm history by winning a narrow one over Krier 2 and 1.

It started when Anderson was the first female to qualify for the Championship field. Thursday, the interest perked up with her first match play victory.

“It’s just nice to be able to prove it,” Anderson said after her victory. “It was a close and fun match and I appreciated all the people who came out to watch the match.”

Krier knew what he was about to face heading into the opening round of the field of 64.

But instead of shying away and making the match the battle of the sexes, he appreciated the competitive nature of the match of golfer versus golfer mentality.

“It was just a great competitive match,” Krier said. “I was excited about the big gallery watching us. I just had a fun time and I enjoyed it thoroughly.”

The match came down to the 17th hole, where Anderson was able to sink a 10-foot par putt, while Krier’s five-footer just lipped out.

Just like many of Anderson’s match play opponents who fell to her, including the six in the U.S. Junior Amateur, mistakes cost them, while she stayed the course.

An out of bounds shot by Krier on 16 gave Anderson a 1-up lead, thus putting more pressure on the Lake Park golfer to win 17.

“She hit right down the fairway on 16 and I tried to put a fade on mine and it went out of bounds,” Krier said. “Then I just lipped that one on 17 and it was over.”

Anderson’s next opponent is Wade Walters.

“I’m just going to keep hitting my fairways and putting well,” Anderson said of her plan in her upcoming match.

Walters had his work cut out in the opening round by surviving an extra-hole playoff with 2008 co-medalist Tim Fiechtner, to advance to the second round.

One of the other highlighted matches Thursday was between co-medalist Tom Hoge, who shot a qualifying score of 10-under par 132, and 2003 Pine to Palm champion and last year semifinalist Greg Melhus, who struggled some in qualifying with a 148.

Hoge will now face A.J. Olson, who downed former Pine to Palm champion Russ Newman 2 and 1.

Hoge’s fellow co-medalist, Wyoming’s Clinton Boutelle, was the first Championship golfer in after he dominated playoff survivor Aaron Clausen 5 and 4.

Ben Freeman def. Tanner Jones 2 and 1.

Todd Hillier def. Bob Cavanagh 2 and 1.

Thomas Campbell def. Caleb Ketterling 19 holes.

Patrick Thomas def. Lee Cavanagh 4 and 2.

Jeff Lamp def. Luke Davison 3 and 2.

Ben Wood def. Nicholas Glass 6 and 4.

Rick Kuhn def. Tanner Lane 6 and 5.

Geoff Pirkl def. Ben Braaten 5 and 4.

Beau Hanson def. Nick Olsgaard 5 and 4.

Brian O’Connell def. Curtis Carlson 4 and 3.

Anthony Cordes def. Brock Buckellew 5 and 4.

Ryan Vincelli def. Ben Cahill 5 and 4.

Cameron White def. Kyle Vandevoort 2 and 1.

Chris Braaten def. Bryce Mattson 2 up.

Thomas Welk def. Grant Wayland 5 and 4.

Clinton Boutelle def. Aaron Clausen 5 and 4.

Pat Deitz def. Parker Dire 1 up.

Mike Huber def. Dustin Steiner 3 and 2.

Justin Jenkins def. Brett Severson 5 and 3.

Wade Walters def. Tim Fiechtner 19 holes.

Amy Anderson def. Peter Krier 2 and 1.

Scott Linnerooth def. Jake Varriano 21 holes.

Jason Rudquist def. Brandon Myers 19 holes.

Tom Hoge def. Greg Melhus 3 and 2.

A.J. Olson def. Russ Newman 2 and 1.

Max Hosking def. Ricky Copeland 3 and 2.

Nick Krattiger def. Ryan Kuehne 4 and 3.

Mike Balzer def. Jon Delzer 4 and 3.

Garrett Gosh def. Spencer Hilde 1 up.

Ben Bergquist def. Perry Piatz 19 holes.

Mark Halverson def. Kenny Rucker 2 up.

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