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Larson wins Invitational in playoff

Defeats Fromm; is second person to win four titles at New Ulm Invitational

June 10, 2013
By Jeremy Behnke - Journal Sports Editor , The Journal

NEW?ULM?- Johnny Larson and Jimmy Fromm have played a lot of golf together over the years.

On Sunday, the two played 27 holes at the 53rd Annual New Ulm Invitational and were deadlocked at 178. So as if 27 holes weren't enough for the two, they needed to play seven more holes in a playoff to decide the winner.

In the end, Larson won the event over his roommate, taking home his fourth title at the New Ulm Invitational.

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Johnny Larson watches his tee shot on the 10th hole and first playoff hole of the championship round of the New Ulm Invitational Sunday at the New Ulm Country Club.
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"It was a lot of fun; I mean we've played a lot of golf together," Larson said.

Larson entered Sunday's play one stroke behind Greg Tuttle for the lead. Tuttle finished tied for third with Ben Morgan with a score of 181.

"I was one down, Jimmy and I were tied for second [coming into Sunday's action], but I played pretty good on the back nine," Larson said.

Larson is the second person to win four titles at the New Ulm Invitational. Larson won the event from 2007-2009, snapping a three-year string by his former college teammate Mike Fiedler (2004-2006). Terry O'Loughling won the event in 1990 and from 1994-1996.

In the senior championship, Tim Andersen took first place with a score of 146, seven strokes better than Jim Henning (153). Andersen has also won the Championship Fight three times.

Ken Paa won the Senior A Flight (146) and Chuck Gerber wasn't too far behind with a 149. Gary Kumerfield won the Senior B Flight with a 132 and Rick Schnobrich was second with a 138.

Curt Bain took home the title in the Second Flight with a 161, followed by Andy Budahn (165). Darrin Bunkers won the First Flight (158), followed by Andy Metzen (160) and Tom Steinbach won the title in the third flight (161), followed by Dick Helmstetter was second with a 171.

Chuck McCann won the Legends Flight (net 142) and Keith Rodgers was next (net 143).

53rd Annual New

Ulm Invitational

Championship Flight: Franzeen 202, Wenner 184, Vaclav 172, Kaut 167, Larson 178 (won playoff over Fromm), Fromm 178, Morgan 181, Pribul 192, Reagan 155, Halvorson 196, Heisler 186, T. Wirtz 195, Huffman 208, Herzog 163, Patterson 164, Schultz 167, Kraus 167, Paa 169, Tuttle 181.

Senior Championship: Tim Andersen 146, Jim Henning 153, Randy Paa 155, Whitely 158, Schmitz 161, Prins 165, Wyczawski 165, Thein 176

Senior A Flight: Ken Paa 146, Chuck Gerber 149, Mike Maloney 153, Jim Black 155, Nichols 158, McCall 156, Doyle 160, Herbeck 158, Krebsbach 158, Sagedal 165, Hogan 169.

Senior B Flight: Gary Kumerfield 132, Rick Schnobrich 138, Jim Schmidt 140, Gilbert Schmitz 142, Brandt 150, Olson 143, Ristau 144, Black 147, Eichten 151, Paa 147, Gibbons 148.

First Flight: Bunkers 158, Metzen 160, D. Anderson 162, Enter 164, Pettit 166, Fortwengler 170, Keinz 170, Rugoski 172, Gallivan 172, Johnson 178, Weicherding 177, Downs 181.

Second Flight: Curt Bain 161, Andy Budahn 165, Brian Messer 167, Greg Schmitz 168, Jacobson 170, Reinhart 171, Guggisberg 175, Heinsler 182, Stolt 199.

Third Flight: Steinbach 161, Helmsletter 171, Erickson 173, Z. Geistfeld 175, R. Geistfeld 175, Anderson 177, Boddy 180, Sowder 181, Galvin 181, Kilber 179, Furth 191, Knight 186, Pryor 197.

Fourth Flight: Cherney 140, J. Geistfeld 142, Black 143, Kelber 147, Gieseke 148, Guldan 151, Fromm 175, Lofgren 156, Reitler 148, Yorks DNF, OHare 195, Spelbrink 150, Reagan 148

Legends Flight (Net): Chuck McCann142, Keith Rodgers 153, Ken Mondry 147, Mike Mondry 147.



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