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Jeff Kolpack, Published July 12 2010

Bison golfer takes All-City

They buzzed around Meadows Golf Course on Sunday afternoon, two college kids matching shot for shot. In the end, the difference was two errant drives and that’s why Nathan Anderson defeated Bobby Reuter in the championship match of The Forum All-City tournament.

The final match play score was

3 and 1, but Reuter will look back at tee shots on No. 12 and 16 – both went left into deep rough. He and about 25 others helping the search didn’t find the second one and the subsequent bogey gave Anderson a two-hole lead with two to play.

“Just had a little adrenalin rushing and I didn’t make a smooth enough swing,” Reuter said.

Anderson, meanwhile, was his customary calm self and never made a mistake. If he was wide of the green on an approach, he got up and down for par. He didn’t make many putts of the notable kind, but he also didn’t need to.

“He was strong and solid the whole entire round,” Reuter said.

The hope now is for Reuter, a former Fargo South player, to join Anderson as a North Dakota State teammate. He tried out for the team last year as a freshman, but didn’t make it. But intensive work on putting and in his swing in general doused the All-City championship flight field until running into Anderson.

“I’ll put in a good word for him,” Anderson said. “He pushed me. He just missed a couple and that’s all he did.”

Anderson’s improvement since last fall has been steady. He finished ninth in The Summit League Championship and won the KX4/Bank of the West Amateur last month.

He’ll take three weeks off from competitive tournaments to go with his sister, Amy Anderson, on a national tournament trip. He’ll return for the Bobcat North Dakota Open – a tourney that also serves as an NDSU team tryout.

Reuter knows all about it. Then the college season starts.

“I’ve played progressively better and I’ll have higher expectations this fall in my ability to play,” Anderson said.

Championship flight

Final: Nathan Anderson over Bobby Reuter, 3 and 1. Semifinals: Anderson over Bryant Buckellew, 4 and 3. Reuter over Zach Kappes, 4 and 3. Third: Kappes and Buckellew, split.

Consolation: Hunter Thorsen over Andrew Passanante, 2 and 1. John Miller over Grady Meyer, 3 and 2. Consolation title: Miller over Thorsen, 2 and 1.

First flight

Final: Thomas Strandemo over Kyle Jandro, 3 and 2. Semifinals: Strandemo over Coy Papachek, 7 and 6. Jandro over Brock Ellingson, 1-up. Third: Papachek and Ellingson, split.

Consolation: Payton Johnson over Ross Uglem. Micah Megorden over Guy Strandemo, 1-up. Consolation title: Megorden over Johnson, 3 and 2.

Second flight

Final: Troy Hagen over Jared Cowden, 3 and 2. Semifinals: Cowden over Eric Aughinbaugh, 4 and 2. Hagen over Darby Troftgruben, 5 and 4. Third: Aughinbaugh and Troftgruben, split.

Consolation: Jordan Siverson over Logan Ness, 5 and 4. Mark Adams over John Sund, 1-up. Consolation title: Adams over Siverson, 1-up.

Third flight

Final. Andrew Strand over Sam Worwa, 5 and 3. Semifinals: Strand over Joe Cusher, 2 and 1. Worwa over David Newman, 4 and 3. Third: Cusher over Newman, 5 and 4.

Consolation: Sam Wagner over Micheal Ratajczak, 6 and 5. Richard Smith over Nick Evin. Consolation title: Wagner over Smith, 1-up.

Fourth flight

Final: Alan Reep over Dale Hebert, 1-up. Semifinals: Reep over Steve Martel, 2 and 1. Hebert over Jerry Jacobs, 3 and 2. Third: Martel over Jacobs.

Consolation: Mike Muhonen over Greg Borgen, 3 and 2. Jeff Knutson, bye. Consolation title: Muhonen over Knutson.

Fifth flight

Final: Andrew Ingalls over Tony Cusher, 2-up. Semifinals: Cusher over Rob Beer, 7 and 5. Ingalls over Mark Glasser. Third place: Beer over Cusher, 6 and 5.

Consolation: Roger Eli over Larry Sundberg, 7 and 6. Terry Hovde, bye. Consolation title: Eli over Hovde, 4 and 2.


Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia