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Jeff Kolpack, Published June 16 2013

NDSU's Carlson wins KX-4 Bank of the West Amateur in playoff

MOORHEAD – The photograph remains prominent in the Carlson family archives, a shot in The Forum newspaper that showed Phil Carlson crouching down to his 3-year-old son Bill, telling him why he couldn’t talk while a player was putting.

They were at the Moorhead Country Club watching the KX-4 Bank of the West golf tournament.

Two decades later – on Father’s Day – Bill Carlson crouched down on the first playoff hole and picked his ball out of the cup, the winner of a tourney he watched as a toddler.

“I just thought about how they’ve gone to a lot of golf tournaments through the years,” said Lisa Carlson, Bill’s mother. “The first one was when he was 3.”

In another example of golf where it’s not over until it’s over, Carlson’s par on the first extra hole was good enough to defeat Ben Welle and kept the title trophy in the hands of a North Dakota State golfer. Nathan Anderson won the event in 2010 and last year.

Carlson shot a final round 66 to overcome a three-shot deficit after the first round on Saturday.

Welle still held a two-shot advantage for most of the back nine on Sunday. But Carlson birdied the 17th and Welle bogied the 18th, the result of having to punch a shot to the front fringe of the green and three-putting from there.

Still, when Carlson just missed his birdie on 18, he thought he was done.

“When I found out (Welle) was 4-under, I thought I lost it,” Carlson said, “but I caught a break.”

An errant tee shot cost Welle in the playoff, a drive that found tree trouble to the left. His second shot hit a tree, although he was still in it when his approach from the rough landed about 25 feet from the cup – roughly the same distance Carlson had for his birdie.

But Welle’s downhill putt lipped out and Carlson easily two-putted for the victory.

“That was just how my day was going,” Welle said.

Welle could probably also look back to No. 16 when he was short on a rather routine-looking uphill birdie putt from about four feet. He also lipped a putt on 17, a ball that practically was halfway into the hole.

“I just missed some putts coming in, that’s golf,” Welle said.

It was the second time in their careers the two players faced each other in a playoff. It was the same result when Carlson was at Fargo South and Welle at Moorhead High.

Carlson, who just finished his sophomore year at NDSU, last won a tournament at the North Dakota Open last fall. He has a similar local-tournament schedule on tap this summer.

“This week was pretty consistent,” he said. “I drove the ball well, the putting wasn’t as good as what it’s been but I was still able to overcome that.”

Welle, who just finished his freshman year at Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.), has been getting recruiting interest from the University of Kansas lately.

“They wanted to see if I was interested in leaving after this year,” he said.

He has yet to make a decision.

Final round

Championship flight

1, Bill Carlson, 137. 2, Ben Welle, 137. 3, Bobby Reutter, 140. 4, Bobby Wiebe, 141. 5 (tie), Nick Olsgaard; Trent Olson, 142. 7, Jon Miller, 143. 8 (tie), Bryant Buckellew; Conner Holland; Grady Meyer, Lukas Davison, 144. 12, Josh Bergrud, 145. 13 (tie), Adam Gronaas; Andrew Passanante, 146.

15 (tie), Logan Palmer; Oliver Boeckel, 147. 18, Greg Melhus, 148. 19, Sean Krall, 149. 20, Riley Johnson, 150. 21, Nathan Anderson, 151. 22 (tie), Jared Cowden, Shane Ost, 152. 24 (tie), Cody Cederberg; Ty Kennedy, 155. 26, Brandon Medenwald, 157. 27, Lucas Wazney, 158. 28 (tie), Cole Johnson, Travis Ingstad, 159. 30, Brian Kibler, 161.

Senior flight

1, Jay Olafson, 149. 2 (tie), Brian Katchowski; George Strand, 152. 4 (tie), A.J. Greff; Mark Ecklund, 153. 6, John Multan, 155. 7 (tie), Chuck Wiger; John Hagge; Kevin Kircher, 158.

10, Dean Herak, 160. 11, Michael Sansom, 165. 12, Tom Sorensen, 177. 13, Bruce Hilde, 178. 14, Greg Sorensen, 179. 15, Bill Victoruk, 184. 16, Dave Jones, 196. 17, Ron Waggoner, 197. 18, Al Malenko, 199. 19, Don Jorgenson, 200.

KX consolation flight

1, Tyler Olsgaard, 151. 2, Brandon Sleetmoen, 152. 3 (tie) Dan Cavanagh; Jack Elliott; Jordan Siverson; Nick Jensen, 153. 7 (tie), Joe Schornack; Kyle Jandro, 154. 9, Hayden Timm, 156. 10 (tie), John Sund; Rick Waggoner, 158. 12, Cody Pulczinski, 159. 13 (tie), Mike Nerby; Zach Skelbar, 160.

15 (tie), Blair Gilberts; Gavin Pell, 161. 17 (tie), Mark Sorensen; Nick Evin; Payton Johnson; Tyler Rivard, 162. 21 (tie), Brett Lindemann; Joshua Hagelstrom, 163. 23 (tie), Andrew Strand; Hunter Halvorson, 165. 25, Joe Cahill, 166. 26, Austin Pulczinski, 167. 27, Brett Multan, 172.

Bank of the West consolation flight

1, Derek Ambrosie, 163. 2, Rob Goff, 163. 3 (tie), Rich Mack; Ryan Mehus, 165. 5 (tie), Alex Schmidt; Laurens Robinson, 166. 7, Nate Brewinski, 167. 8 (tie), Greg Sobie; Tanner Schoenfelder; Zach Buntrock, 168. 11 (tie), Hunter Moen; Mason Kennedy, 169. 13 (tie), Cameron Hager; Matt Victoruk, 170.

15 (tie), Pete Kratzke; Taylor Henrickson, 171. 17, Paul Krueger, 172. 18, Jeff Ranick. 19, Jared Lentz, 175. 20, Joel Furchoff, 177. 21, Graham Forsyth, 184. 22, Kendall Ronningen, 186. 23 (tie), Bill Burgess; Matt Chambers, 187. 25, John Starin, 194. 26, Jim Scollan Jr., 201. 27, Mark Braun, 204. 28, Kyle Lucko, 206.

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

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia