Aug. 11, 2013
University of Minnesota senior Jon Trasamar won the 81st Pine to Palm Golf Tournament at Detroit Country Club in Detroit Lakes, Minn.. Trasamar, the Pine to Palm medalist, defeated Detroit Lakes native Robert Wagner 2 and 1 in the match play championship on Sunday.
In his championship match, Trasamar fell behind after a Wagner eagle on the first hole, but the match was all square from the third to fifth. Wagner again went 1-up on the sixth.
But Trasamar took the lead on the ninth and never gave it up. He went 2-up when he birdied the par-5 12th. Trasamar and Wagner halved the next five holes, with Trasamar clinching the championship with a par on the 17th.
Trasamar is the first to win both the stroke play and match play components of the Pine to Palm outright since Andy Doeden in 2001. Tom Hoge shared medalist honors before winning the championship in 2009.
The title match was Trasamar's closest of the tournament. His largest margin of victory came in beating Max Rosenthal 7 and 6 in the quarterfinal round.
Trasamar's Road to the Title
Stroke Play - Earned medalist honors and No. 1 seed for match play shooting -9 in 36 holes
Round of 64 - Beat Austin Rusness 3 & 2
Round of 32 - Beat Teddy Cox 4 & 3
Round of 16 - Beat teammate Tyler Lowenstein 5 & 4
Quarterfinal - Beat Max Rosenthal 7 & 6
Semifinal - Beat former Gopher Rick Kuhn 4 & 3
Championship - Beat Robert Wagner 2 & 1
Other Gophers in the Pine to Palm
Alex Gaugert - Advanced to quarterfinal
Tyler Lowenstein - Advanced to round of 16
Grady Meyer - Won consolation championship
Jon DuToit - Advanced to round of 32
Matt Rachey - Qualified for round of 64
Charlie Braniff - Qualified for round of 64
Genki Hirayama - Did not qualify for match play
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