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By Brian Wierima / Forum News Service, Published August 09 2013

Nathan Anderson reached round of 16 at Pine to Palm

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – When one hears about an Anderson doing well in a golf tournament, the name of Amy Anderson will usually comes to mind.

But at the 81st Pine to Palm golf tournament, it’s her brother, Nathan, who is garnering the golfing attention.

After winning 2 and 1 over Zach Kappes on Friday evening at Detroit Country Club, Anderson is now one of the final 16 remaining in match play, which started with the field of 64.

During the tournament, the Anderson siblings have reversed roles, with Amy manning the bags for Nathan, instead of the usual vice versa.

In 2009, it was Nathan who was carrying Amy’s golf bag, as she became the first female not only to qualify for the Pine to Palm match play, but reaching the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion and current pro golfer Tom Hoge.

Now it’s Nathan vying to put another Anderson in the final four.

“Amy is carrying my bag and is there for moral support,” Nathan said. “In 2009 when I was caddying for her, she did show me how it’s done here.”

The Anderson duo first started their Pine to Palm venture by playing the Ironman youth tournaments, which is held the same week as the Detroit Country Club tourney, but at the Ironman Golf Course in Detroit Lakes.

Amy won several titles, while Nathan won a couple.

“I didn’t win as many as people thought I did, because I couldn’t beat Tom Hoge, until I was about 11 or 12,” Nathan laughed.

Hoge and Amy Anderson are now both pursuing professional careers after two very successful college careers.

Amy Anderson’s success in the Women’s National Amateur Tournament prevented the two to play in the Pine to Palm, since it was played on the same week.

But with both graduating from North Dakota State – where Nathan also had a solid collegiate golf career – this was a good opportunity for the brother to give it another shot, while Amy starts her pro career.

Nathan Anderson will be a volunteer assistant coach for the NDSU men’s golf team while he finishes up his Master’s degree in accounting.

This is only the third time Nathan Anderson has played in the Pine to Palm, with his first two efforts resulting in missing the cut.

But after shooting even par 71-71–142, Anderson made his first Pine to Palm cut, which was followed by a 3 and 2 win over Sam Palmisano in the first round.

Anderson’s start Friday was a little auspicious, but turned into a 2-up lead.

“I received some good breaks on the first two holes after I went into the trees off the tee on both, but made birdie twice,” Anderson said. “Looked like I was on my way to a bad start, but instead was 2-up.”

Anderson held a 1-up lead at the turn, which held with three holes to go. He finished Kappes off by winning two of the final three.

“I made a couple good putts and scrambled well,” Anderson said. “I did what I needed to do. The last two matches, I played just well enough to win.”

Anderson will face Colorado State’s Dominic Kieffer, who downed Marc Vincelli 1-up in 19 holes.

Friday’s results

Round of 32

Jon Trasamar def. Teddy Cox 4 and 3

Tyler Lowenstein def. Ryan Vincelli 3 and 1

Max Rosenthal def. Coy Papachek 3 and 1

Taylor Cavanagh def. Lukas Davidson 2 and 1

Rick Kuhn def. Marc Redman 2 and 1

Jack Holmgren def. Nick Schaefer in 19 holes

Dominic Kieffer def. Marc Vincelli in 19 holes

Nathan Anderson def. Zach Kappes 2 and 1

Pat Deitz def. Bill Carlson 2 and 1

Greg Melhus def. Trenton Olson 4 and 3

Alex Gaugert def. Todd Hillier 5 and 3

Larry Montplaisir def. Jon Dutoit 4 and 3

Robert F. Wagner def. Chris Swenson 2 and 1

Bobby Reuter def. Thomas Strandemo 1-up

Chad Skarperud def. Bryant Buckellew in 20 holes

Adam Gronaas def. Jim Lehman 2 and 1

Today’s matchups

Round of 16

7:16 a.m.: Jon Trasamar vs. Tyler Lowenstein; Chad Skarperud vs. Adam Gronaas

7:26 a.m.: Max Rosenthal vs. Taylor Cavanagh; Robert F. Wagner vs. Bobby Reuter

7:36 a.m.: Rick Kuhn vs. Jack Holmgren; Alex Gaugert vs. Larry Montplaisir

7:46 a.m.: Dominic Kieffer vs. Nathan Anderson; Pat Deitz vs. Greg Melhus

Wierima writes for the Detroit Lakes Tribune