Minnesota Golf Association

MGA Rallies on Final Day of MGA/WSGA Senior Tour Cup Matches to Claim First Win

October 10, 2019

 BRAINERD, Minn. – Deadlocked at six points apiece following the opening day of competition at the 2019 Minnesota Golf Association/Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Cup Matches at The Classic at Madden’s Resort, the MGA rallied during Tuesday’s Singles Matches, winning eight of 10 matches en route to a 20-16 victory for its first title in three years at the event.
The WSGA has claimed each of the first two contests, winning the rain-shortened event 19-17 last year at Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The MGA/WSGA Cup Matches is comprised of the MGA Senior Tour and the WSGA Senior Tour, with each team of 24 players facing off in 18 holes of concurrent singles matches and 18 holes of four-ball matches.
The top six players in Senior Net, Senior Gross, Master Net and Master Gross from each of the four sections (North, East, South and West) are invited to represent the MGA at the cup matches.
Opening the championship with wins for the MGA during Monday’s Gross Four-Ball matches were the team of John Mozina and Dana Flinck and the pairing of Tom Peterka and Tryg Pederson, while the twosome of 1999 Minnesota Senior Public Links champion and 2009 MGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year Gary Johnson and former Moorhead State College golfer Joseph Sauer paced the MGA to a 4-2 lead following the first session.
The WSGA responded by winning four of six matches during Monday’s Net Four-Ball matches to even the point total at six after the first day of competition. Minnesota’s Phil Link and Brian Patterson earned a victory, 6 and 5, while Dale Brainard and Bob Jamison won their match, 2 and 1, to help the MGA remain tied with Wisconsin at six points each.
The MGA pulled away by winning eight of 10 matches during Tuesday’s Gross singles matches, increasing its lead to 14.5-9.5. Paul Commers and 2016 Senior Public Links champion Scott Hogan earned the largest margins of victory as each claimed a win by a tally of 4 and 3.
During the Net individual matches, the MGA got another victory from Patterson, while Pete Hoover and Keith Meyer both notched victories to move the MGA closer to its first victory before Edward Braun’s 3 and 2 victory over Wisconsin’s Dan Rajek clinched the championship, giving the MGA a total of 18.5 points.
The MGA closed out the tournament with a win from Victor Thalacker and a halve by Jamison to put the final tally at 20-16, giving the MGA its first victory at the event.
The 2020 championship will head east across the border at a date and location yet to be determined.

For complete tournament results go to:  www.mngolf.org/SeniorTour/All_Sections/2019/MGA%20-%20WSGA%20Senior%20Tour%20Cup%20Matches

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