Resorters Golf: Schomer keeps his groove going in Men's Execs
Four-time Men’s Executive champion Daryl Schomer rolled to 4-3 win yesterday, but the other three semi-finalists also turned in impressive rounds.
Larry Montplaisir showed tenacity in his 19-hole grinder. Troy Johnson was nearly flawless in his 5-3 win and Alexandria’s Dave Dilley is looking very comfortable on his home course after a 4-2 victory.
The final four will tee it up at this morning at 7 a.m. from No. 1. The winners will advance to the championship at 12:45 p.m., also from No. 1. They’ll golf with the two finalists from the Men’s Championship Division.
Meanwhile, here’s a look back at how they survived yesterday’s matches:
Schomer def. Peterson, 4-3
When Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud lost hole No. 1 to Alexandria’s Eric Peterson, he was kicking himself.
“I’ve been getting a lot of bogeys on No. 1 and I always have to scramble,” he said. “But I went back to my game plan – hitting fairways and greens and making it hard on him by playing steady. And I did it.”
Schomer tied the match on the next hole with a par and took the lead with a par on No. 3. After halving the next hole, Schomer’s par was good enough to take No. 5 and put him 2-up.
Both golfers birdied No. 6 and what happened on the No. 7 Minnesota Green was pivotal, Schomer said.
“I made a big putt for birdie,” he said. “The pin locations were tough today – but I like them that way. I made a long putt from about 30 feet to go 3-up.”
Schomer’s par on No. 8 padded the lead, but Erickson won No. 9 with bogey to draw within three at the turn.
Schomer was solid on the back, going par, par, birdie, par, par, par while winning Nos. 12, 14 and 15 to seal a 4-3 victory.
When asked what part of his game has been helping him the most, Schomer said it was the wedge. “My iron play is good and the wedge has always saved me,” he said. “I’ve been driving the ball really well and playing tee to green. I’m hitting it about as good as I can.”
Today will be the first time Schomer has faced Larry Montplaisir. His strategy? “Make more birdies,” Schomer said. “Larry is steady so I can’t just wait for him to hand it to me. I’ve got to play aggressive.”
Montplaisir def. Syverson, 19 holes
In the division’s longest match of the day, Larry Montplaisir of Phoenix, Ariz., edged Jay Syverson of Des Moines, Iowa, in 19 holes.
He believes he may have had some help.
“My wife, Kris, died three years ago,” Montplaisir said. “I think she was giving me some caddying help and kicked a couple in for me.”
The match was a close one from the start. Syverson won three holes on the front – Nos. 1, 7 and 8 with a birdie and two pars – while Montplaisir stayed close behind with par wins on Nos. 3 and 5.
Montplaisir tied the match with a birdie on No. 10. They both parred No. 11 and birdied No. 12 before Montplaisir regained the lead with a par on No. 13. After halving the next three holes with pars, Syverson took No. 17 and tied the match when Montplaisir three-putted. Pars on 18 sent the match into overtime.
On the first extra hole, No. 1, Syverson was on the fairway but ended up near the No. 2 tee box. Montplaisir used an L-wedge on his second shot and was looking at a six-foot birdie putt. Syverson was able to get up and down for par but Montplaisir drained the birdie try to win the match.
Montplaisir said he’ll have his work cut out for him when he goes up against Schomer. “Daryl is a good player. It will be fun and whatever happens, happens, but I prefer to win.”
T. Johnson def. Bisson, 5-3
A 1-under par round from Troy Johnson of Maple Grove carried him to a 5-3 win over Chad Bisson of Woodbury. Bisson played fairly solid but Johnson just didn’t make any mistakes that Bisson could take advantage of.
Johnson claimed the first lead with a par win on No. 3 and added a birdie win on No. 6. Another birdie on the ninth hole put him 3-up at the turn.
Bisson wasn’t able to make any birdies on the back while Johnson made a birdie (No. 12), four pars and a harmless bogey (No. 13) to salt away a 5-3 win.
Dilley def. Tessmer, 4-2
Alan Tessmer of Paradise Valley, Ariz., won five of the first nine holes against Dave Dilley of Alexandria, but it wasn’t enough.
Tessmer’s wins came on Nos. 2 (par), 3 (birdie), 4 (par), 7 (bogey) and 9 (par). But Dilley was able to strike for four wins – Nos. 1, 5, 6 and 8 – with pars and trailed by just one at the turn.
Dilley tied the match with a birdie on No. 11 and added wins on Nos. 12 and 14 when Tessmer ran into some double-bogey trouble. Dilley’s par took No. 15 and he only had to match Tessmer’s bogey on the 16th hole to close out the match.
SATURDAY PAIRINGS - 1ST TEE
7 a.m. - Daryl Schomer vs. Larry Montplaisir; Troy Johnson vs. Dave Dilley
12:45 p.m. - winner of Schomer/Montplaisir match vs. winner of Johnson/Dilley match