Brian Wierima / Forum Communications Co., Published August 14 2010
Lane's red-hot summer continues with upset win at Pine to Palm
First, his hockey career literally blasts off after being drafted by the USHL’s Fargo Force, committing to play with the WCHA’s University of Nebraska-Omaha men’s hockey team and being selected by the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers.
Friday – which incidentally was his 18th birthday – was another notch in a wild summer for Lane, but it didn’t come on the ice.
Lane posted the first upset of the Pine to Palm golf tournament, after toppling co-medalist and former tourney champion Ben Freeman 1-up.
Lane’s 8-foot downhill par putt on hole No. 18 clinched the match and sent Freeman packing.
The future Force forward also will have familiar company today in the round of 16, as his cousin Adam McArthur reserved a spot after beating James Ford 3 and 2.
The two cousins were playing in the same group Friday and will be playing in the same foursome today, as well.
“That’s pretty cool being able to play with Adam,” Lane said. “And it was definitely a great birthday today.”
Lane’s win was keyed by his ability to hang close to Freeman early on, then win the crucial hole late.
Lane lost the second hole to a birdie by Freeman, but after that, there wasn’t a hole exchanged until hole 12, when the Detroit Country Club member evened the match.
“That was key, because Ben was making a lot of birdies and pars and I didn’t get too far behind,” Lane said.
Hole 14 became a decisive one, as Lane took his first lead 1-up with a birdie.
After the two golfers halved 15, Freeman had a very rare hiccup, missing a short birdie putt after Lane sand blasted a shot near the cup to ultimately halve the hole.
“He never misses those kind of putts,” Lane said of Freeman.
It was a grand finale on 18, as Lane ended up short of the cup, with an uphill putt and Freeman was chipping above the hole.
Lane’s putt went long, while Freeman put his chip shot within 2 feet, but that set up the DL golfer’s clutch putt from 8 feet out, which he drained for the win.
“Those are the types of putts you need to make to beat a golfer like Ben,” Lane added.
McArthur finished much earlier than the Lane-Freeman duo, after jumping out to an early lead and maintaining it, before ending the match on hole 14.
“I really had to grind today, because I wasn’t playing my best,” said McArthur, who like Lane, will be making their first Sweet 16 appearance. “I took advantage of the openings he left me.”
McArthur is playing in his third Pine to Palm, after quitting golf last year, but he’s glad he gave it another shot.
“I sold my clubs and everything last summer,” McArthur said. “It’s just nice to come back home and play well.”
Wierima writes for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.