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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 26 2012

Runsvold tags along in elite foursome at Bobcat Open

FARGO – The best seat in the Bobcat North Dakota State Open golf tournament belonged to John Runsvold, who had a two-day ride with two former champions and a rare female entrant in the elite division.

When the amateur from Fargo walked off the final green on Saturday, about 50 people were watching him. That doesn’t happen every day.

And neither does playing with Dave Schultz, Tim Ailes and decorated North Dakota State senior Amy Anderson.

“It was just great to have the front-row seat,” Runsvold said. “It was kind of a once-in-a-lifetime pairing for me in my golf world.”

The same foursomes were paired Friday and Saturday. When the pro dust settled, Ryan Peterson was leading the tourney by two shots heading into today’s final around at the Fargo Country Club. The final group tees off at 11:30 a.m.

Ailes is just off the pace after shooting a 68 Saturday for a 140. Schultz is one stroke back at 141.

Anderson wasn’t overpowered by any means, following her 71 on Friday with a 75 on Saturday. She missed some makeable birdie putts on her final nine holes, but also canned a 40-foot putt for a birdie.

Probably more important, she tapped Schultz for some advice on life in pro golf. Her goal is the LPGA Tour.

“He’s been through what I’m about to go through,” Anderson said. “I asked him about making the transition and he was willing to help.”

Schultz, in turn, said Anderson “is the real deal” and can play right now with some of the top female players in the world. Runsvold couldn’t agree more.

“She’s so controlled, so smart,” he said. “She’s not overpowered by the golf course and just puts it in the right place.”

There were only a few holes where her inability to drive at the length the pros can caught up with her. For instance, on the par-5 second hole, Ailes and Schultz had eagle putts while she had a short chip shot.

She was 220 yards out on the long par-4 sixth hole, hitting a fairway wood into the bunker. She saved par from the sand, doing that twice in her last nine holes.

“They were out-driving me by 30 yards,” Anderson said. “But I also needed to put it closer to the hole. Plus I missed too many greens.”

Schultz was 3 under after 11 holes, but his tee game faded in the closing holes. He’s played in only two tournaments this summer choosing to concentrate more on working with Oxbow head professional John Dahl.

His focus, he said, is PGA Tour qualifying school this fall.

For Runsvold, meanwhile, it’s back to the work-a-day world in the funeral home business. With a real-life golf memory.

“I just threw my name in there and got lucky,” he said.

Bobcat North Dakota State Open

1, Peterson, 134. 2, Hessels, 136. 3, Mulder, 137. 4, (tie) Lenahan; Schnell; Constable, 138. 7, (tie) Hughes, Pridey, 139. 9, (tie) Ailes; Metzger; Brunero, 140. 12, (tie) Sorenson; White; Schultz; Ferris; Kunick; Strandemo, 141. 18, Campbell, 142.

19, (tie) Anderson; Berg; Johnson; Carlson; Kroetsch; Frazer; Crick, 143. 26, Scanlon, 145. 27, (tie) Anderson; Baron, 146. 29, (tie) Hanson; Trasamar, 147. 31, (tie) Holland; Lensing; Lowenstein, 148. 34, (tie) Olson; Hickey, 150.

36, (tie) Piatz; Dvorak; Skarperud; Kennedy; Bell, 151. 41, (tie) Dietz; Varty; Mason, 152. 44, Spriggs, 153. 45, Benson, 154. 46, (tie) Haug; Anas; Knoblach, 155. 49, Berquist, 156. 50, (tie) Stowell; Haugland; Ellingson; Peters, 157.

54, (tie) Weismantel; Nelson; Goff; Jandro, 160. 58, (tie) SIverson; Schaefer; Barge; Engelking; Johnson, 161. 63, (tie) Easton; Weiss; Boeckel; Johnson, 162.

Bobcat North Dakota State Open Amateur

1, Clark, 134. 2, Traynor, 135. 3, Ballentine, 142. 4, (tie) Morris; Hanson, 145. 6, Harrison, 146. 7, Newman, 147. 8, (tie) Parmer; McConn, 148. 10, McCormick, 149. 11, Bakke, 152. 12, (tie) E. Johnson; L. Johnson, 153. 14, Pratt, 154. 15, Runsvold, 155. 16, (tie) Torkelson; Sholl; Hagelstrom, 157. 19, Atkinson, 159. 20, Hoge, 160. 21, (tie) Johnson; Modrich; Robson, 161. 24, Anderson, 163. 25, Hamm, 164. 26, Nielson, 168. 27, Smith, 169.

Tee-times for Round 3

7:10a.m.: Bill Modrich; Jon Anderson; Ron Robson

7:20a.m.: Gerry Hamm; John Nielson; Dennis Smith; Bruce Bakke

7:30a.m.: Bill Sholl; Josh Hagelstrom; Scott Atkinson; Chuck Hoge

7:40a.m.: Logan Johnson; Gary Johnson; Shaun Harrison; John Runsvold

7:50a.m.: Dick McConn; Tom Hanson; Erik Johnson; Tom Pratt

8 a.m.: Boomer Newman; Bruce Parmer; Bruce Torkelson; Tom McCormick

8:10 a.m.: Brett Clark; Patrick Traynor; Greg Ballentine; Rick Morris

8:20 a.m.: Payton Johnson; Erik Weiss; Jordie Siverson; Oliver Boeckel

8:30 a.m.: Drew Engelking; Jack Easton; Todd Johnson; Zack Stowell

8:40 a.m.: Todd Schaefer; Dave Barge; Clint Nelson

8:50 a.m.: Rob Goff; Kyle Jandro; Josh Weismantel

9 a.m.: Jordan Peters; Brock Ellingson; Kyle Haugland

9:10 a.m.: Jon Anas; Scott Knoblach; Ben Berquist

9:20 a.m.: Kent Spriggs; Paul Benson; Phil Haug

9:30 a.m.: Pat Dietz; Nathanial Varty; Max Mason

9:40 a.m.: Chad Skarperud; Robert Bell; Perry Piatz

9:50 a.m.: Will Hickey; Kavin Dvorak; Mason Kennedy

10 a.m.: Dan Lensing; Tyler Lowenstein; Trent Olson

10:10 a.m.: Topher Baron; Jon Trasamar; Connor Holland

10:20 a.m.: Amy Anderson; Kyle Scanlon; Kane Hanson

10:30 a.m.: Nathan Anderson; Riley Johnson; Bill Carlson

10:40 a.m.: Tim Frazer; Brandon Crick

10:50 a.m.: Mike Berg; Kris Kroetsch

11:00 a.m.: Tim Kunick; Patrick Strandemo; Thomas Campbell

11:10 a.m.: Cam White; Dave Schultz; Doug Ferris

11:20 a.m.: Andrew Metzger; Anthony Brunero; Jeff Sorenson

11:30 a.m.: Matt Hughes; Matt Pridey; Tim Ailes

11:40 a.m.: Ryan Lenahan; Brady Schnell; Donald Constable

11:50 a.m.: Ryan Peterson; Ian Hessels; Brock Mulder

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

Kolpack is the host of the WDAY Golf Show Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. on 970-AM.