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Michael Weber / Bismarck Tribune, Published July 18 2013

Fargo's Carlson one stroke off lead in qualifying at NDGA Match Play

BISMARCK – Fargo golfer Bill Carlson has played Riverwood Golf Course sparingly, but when he has, it’s been good.

While competing for Fargo South in the spring of 2010, Carlson – then a high school junior – tied for first place in the North Dakota Class A boys golf tournament. He lost in a playoff to teammate Coy Papachek.

That summer, he claimed top honors in the North Dakota Golf Association Big I qualifier at Riverwood, recording six straight birdies along the way.

Carlson got off to a good start in his third visit to the Bismarck course. The soon-to-be North Dakota State junior shot a 2-under 70 Thursday in the qualifying round of the NDGA Match Play tournament. Carlson’s score wound up being the second-best of the day, just one stroke behind the 69 carded by Bismarck’s Rick Kuhn.

Carlson has competed in several other match play events over the years and hasn’t had much success. However, he’s hoping to turn the tide in this year’s tournament, which wraps up on Sunday.

“I like this course. It’s been good to me,” Carlson said. “I had a good round, and I’m hoping to keep it going. It would be fun to go far this time. To win a tournament like this, you have to be consistent. I had a pretty consistent round today.”

Carlson recorded three birdies (Nos. 2, 4, 9) and parred five holes on the way to a 2-under 34 on the front nine. On the back, he parred the first five holes, birdied No. 15, and then parred No. 16, before running into trouble on No. 17. He came away with a double-bogey, but finished the round with his fifth birdie on No. 18.

“It was a clean round except for 17,” Carlson said. “I hit the ball into the trees and chipped it out. It just didn’t end the way I had hoped. My wedge game wasn’t good on that hole. But it could have been worse, I guess. Fortunately, I was able to finish strong with a birdie.”

The top 31 scorers advanced to the bracketed championship flight. Duane Wages of Grand Forks is the defending champion and qualified for the championship flight automatically. He is the top seed.

The championship flight begins at 8 a.m.

Qualifying round

(Top 31)

1. Rick Kuhn 69. 2. Bill Carlson 70. 3. (tie) Nathan Anderson, Matt Norby, Thomas Strandemo and Nick Myhre, 72. 7. (tie) Jacob Dehne, Bryce Bohl and Craig Erickson, 73. 10. (tie) Jack Elliott, Randy Westby, Troy Ressler, Jack McClintock, Connor Holland and Alex Gustafson, 74.

16. (tie) Mike Fedorchak, Nick Stavn and Jeremy Zarr, 75. 19. (tie) Nick Schaefer, Perry Andrisen, Andy Kincaid, Brock Ellingson and Tony Weiler, 76. 24. (tie) Greg Gronberg, Rob Goff, Coy Papachek, Mark Erickson, Mark Ohlhauser, Bradley Mahar, Eric Aughinbaugh and Ozzie Nord, 77.

Championship flight pairings

No. 1 Duane Wages vs. No. 32 Ozzie Nord, 8 a.m. No. 2 Rick Kuhn vs. No. 31 Eric Aughinbaugh, 8:10 a.m. No. 3 Bill Carlson vs. No. 30 Bradley Mahar, 8:20 a.m. No. 4 Nathan Anderson vs. No. 29 Mark Ohlhauser, 8:30 a.m. No. 5 Matt Nordby vs. No. 28 Mark Erickson, 8:40 a.m. No. 6 Thomas Strandemo vs. No. 27 Coy Papachek, 8:50 a.m. No. 7 Nick Myhre vs. No. 26 Rob Goff, 9 a.m. No. 8 Jacob Dehne vs. No. 25 Greg Gronberg, 9:10 a.m.

No. 9 Bryce Bohl vs. No. 24 Tony Weiler, 8 a.m. No. 10 Craig Erickson vs. No. 23 Brock Ellingson, 8:10 a.m. No. 11 Jack Elliott vs. No. 22 Andy Kincaid, 8:20 p.m. No. 12 Randy Westby vs. No. 21 Perry Andrisen, 8:30 a.m. No. 13 Troy Ressler vs. No. 20 Nick Schaefer, 9:10 a.m. No. 14 Jack McClintock vs. No. 19 Jeremy Zarr, 9 a.m. No. 15 Connor Holland vs. No. 18 Nick Stavn, 8:40 a.m. No. 16 Alex Gustafson vs. No. 17 Mike Fedorchak, 8:50 a.m.