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Brad Schmierer tees off at the Hastings Country Club during the first round of the Minnesota State Open. Schmierer is the golf pro at the club. He finished 41st in the tournament. Hastings Country Club member Chris Borgen placed sixth overall.
Brad Schmierer tees off at the Hastings Country Club during the first round of the Minnesota State Open. Schmierer is the golf pro at the club. He finished 41st in the tournament. Hastings Country Club member Chris Borgen placed sixth overall.

Swedberg wins $10,000 open purse

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Ten players from the Hastings Country Club qualified for the Minnesota State Open last week here in Hastings.

Five of them made the cut.

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And one of them finished in the top 10.

All-in-all, it was a great weekend at HCC, highlighted with the winner, Brett Swedberg, shooting a 67 in the final round and by Chris Borgen of HCC shooting a final-round 68 to earn a sixth-place tie.

Swedberg, out of Alexandria Country Club, won $10,000 with his three-day total of 207. He had an even-par 70 on Friday, another 70 on Saturday and then the 67.

Mike Barge of Hazeltine had 67s on the first two days of play, but then shot a four-over-par 74 for a three-day total of 208.

Borgen got better each day. He had a 72, a 70 and a 68. At one point on the first day, he was four-over par.

"He came back good on the first day and then played solid the last two days," HCC's Brad Schmierer said.

Also placing from Hastings were:

• Jesse Polk, 24th, 71-77-70, 218;

• Schmierer, 41st, 73-72-76, 221;

• Peter Vogel, 50th, 75-74-74, 223; and

• Joe Conzemius, 54th, 73-72-79, 224.

Polk was the low HCC amateur. His three-day total of 218 was deceiving. He had a nine on a par four on the second day of play.

"Other than that, he played pretty solid," Schmierer said.

Jordan Ensrud, an amateur from The Links and Northfork had two eagles in one round. He eagled the 13th hole, then eagled the 16th as well.

He holed out from the fairway on 13.

The country club is normally a par 72, but was turned into a par 70 for the weekend. Two holes that are normally par 5s were switched to par 4s. One of those holes, the seventh, played the hardest at the tournament. It ended up being a 475-yard par 4.

The lowest rounds of the tournament were 67s.

The shootout

There were no $1 million winners at Sunday afternoon's shootout.

Jeff Ferron from Hastings Country Club was closest to the pin at about 20 feet away. He won $200.

Lucas Wagner, Hastings, qualified to take a shot at $1 million. He hasn't even reached his teenage years, so qualifying was quite a feat for him.

The storm

Friday morning's storm really caused problems, including a three-hour delay. Dime-sized hail and very high winds knocked down branches, littered the course and greens with leaves and demolished a number of tents.

"Treasure Island's tents went down, and the Anytime Fitness tents went down," Schmierer said.

Players and tournament staff members went into the basement of the club as the storm passed.

When it passed, grounds crews quickly got to work to clean up the course.

"They got it picked up pretty quickly," Schmierer said.

The delay forced four groups to stop play Friday night before they could complete their rounds. They resumed early Saturday morning.

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Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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