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With wide fairways and receptive greens, TPC Twin Cities is the ideal golf course for long hitters. One of game's first true big boppers is on his way.
Golf courses all over the state send us information on golfers who hit aces, but last year was the first time we decided to analyze the data. Here's what we found.
Before the 2016 golf season tees off, let's look back at some Minnesota golf stats about the game's most exciting moment: the hole-in-one.There were 538…
Gophers coach J Robinson took a flight to Vegas and found a familiar face in the pilot, Chad Kraft.
Kenny Perry has barely a hiccup on his way to earning back-to-back 3M crowns.
Opening birdies, hole-in-one put the defending champ in position to repeat.
The Minnesota native shot a sparkling 64 as high winds took a toll on others.
Tom Watson, 65, is at peace as his brilliant playing career nears an end.
Players aged 50 or 51 top leaderboard consistently.
Dressed from hat-to-cleat in his Little League uniform, Blaine McCallister first swung a golf club on a course adjacent to a ball diamond while…
The five-time PGA Tour winner's drive into golf started with baseball.
Jerry Smith, an Iowa native who was working as a club pro after losing his PGA Tour card before turning 50, is playing some of the best golf of his career.
An influx of talent to the Champions Tour has deprived Skip Kendall of spots in many tournaments that he would have received a few years back.
After recovering from a rare skin condition, Gene Sauers is always upbeat.
Heavy rain delayed the finish, but the leader had no problem shooting a 63 in the second round.
His marriage to the daughter of state coaching legend Richie Olson taught him much.
Marco Dawson rattled off seven birdies and an eagle for a masterful 9-under-par 63, three days after getting the final spot into the 3M field as an open qualifier in a playoff.
Contemporaries marvel at the consistency and work ethic of Bernhard Langer.
The Champions Tour events keep coming up on the calendar. And Jeff Sluman keeps showing up to compete. “You can’t make any money sitting…
One door begins to close and another opens for rookies on the Champions Tour.
Hal Sutton and Fred Funk got their game back after replacement surgeries.
In 1977, Al Geiberger became the first person to shoot a 59 in a PGA-sanctioned event. Chip Beck matched that feat in 1991. Both will be in the 3M Championship.
Eight of the top 10 Schwab Cup leaders are entered in a field that routinely is wide open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Donald Constable and Clayton Rask moved on through sectional qualifying after playing 36 holes on Monday.
Finnish women's hockey goaltender and former Gophers star Noora Raty took to Twitter on Saturday to express her intentions for the future.
Jonah Pirsig and Isaac Hayes, both hulking offensive linemen, are two of the pillars of the Gophers' football recruiting class for 2012. They had plenty of college options but chose to stay home.
One is a first-timer at 3M; the other is vying to be the oldest winner in Champions Tour history.
The only thing bigger than the crowds Saturday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine was what the size of the golf cup must have looked…
The former LPGA star played in the Greats of Golf event, which allowed her to bring her two young children to the course.
Mark Wiebe, still exhausted after winning the Senior British Open, shot a sleep-deprived 64 to take the first-round lead in the 3M Championship.
A message from Gary Player after his victory brought tears to his eyes.
The rookie on the senior circuit is making himself right at home, especially in Minnesota.
Esteban Toledo promised he would win a Champions Tour title soon. And he did, on a Mexican holiday no less.
He has rubbed elbows with celebrities and top professionals as the pro at tony Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, yet one of his greatest career thrills comes this week as a participant in the 3M Championship.
There's not always a spot in the field for him, but he is definitely playing this week in the 3M Championship.
Champions Tour rookies and veterans alike are gearing up for the annual 3M Championship this week. The tournament, known for low scores and big names, begins Friday with plenty of free events preceding the opening round.
Colin Montgomerie's first regular Champions Tour event will be the 3M Championship in Blaine in early August.
Heartbroken the last two years after first-round low scores failed to yield championship results, the New Prague junior made a 15-foot putt to tie Wayzata's Sarah Burnham for the girls' Class 3A championship.
The final group did not disappoint, led by Wayzata's Sarah Burnham and Shakopee's Alex Schimid.
The two-time defending Class 3A champion loves the atmosphere at state.
The former Minnetonka and Gophers golf star will make his PGA debut at the Sony Open with one goal -- making the cut.
Turnovers turned the tide for Lakeville North, fueling its offense in a blowout of the Panthers.
1. Lakeville North: Already the most talented team top to bottom, the Panthers got a boost when setter Erica Handley moved in from Class 1A…
1. Alyssa Goehner, jr., OH, Lakeville North State champion as a freshman, runner-up as a sophomore, national champion (with Northern Lights U17 team) this summer. 2.…
What to look for this fall before volleyball crowns three state champions in St. Paul.
Most high school-age kids now hear of the year 1991 and think of it as "back in the day." For boys' soccer players at Minneapolis…
When volleyball coaching icon Milan Mader hung up his whistle after finally guiding Lakeville North to a Class 3A state championship in 2010, Walt Weaver…
Defending champion Eden Prairie and Edina are representing Minnesota's considerable Legion ball legacy.
Lisa Grimes shot a 1-under-par 71 to win by two shots and defeat a field of mostly high school- and college-age players.
A group of standout players from around the Twin Cities combined skill and friendship to win a national volleyball championship this summer.
His goal was a closing 62, and it proved to be enough to prevail over a faltering David Peoples.
David Peoples sank 10 birdies and bolted to a three-shot lead in a record round of 62. Eduardo Romero also played a hot hand in taking over second.
A close finish seems likely after par took a beating and 23 players were bunched tightly at the 3M Championship.
Nick Price and Mark O'Meara are coming back from vexing injuries to play in the 3M Championship.
The popular golfer doesn't want the fun to end.
Don Berry and Dave Tentis both received an exemption.
It's history spans from the Burnet Senior Classic (1993-97) to the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic (1998-2000) to the 3M Championship. The tournament rolls back into town this week.
Golf course work, including being shot at, almost beats playing the game for three metro-area teenagers.
At his camp, the ex-Orono star teaches how he became a Badger and then a Buck.
The Devils captain -- back in his home state and coveted by the hometown team -- is letting the process play out.
Benilde-St. Margaret's junior Grant Besse had a moment of panic leading up to the Class 2A boys' hockey tournament when he nearly tore the thumb out of one of his favorite gloves. He was told the team was out of new ones. "I was freaking out," he said.
Eastview High School opened its doors in 1997. All this time later, a boys' athletic team finally put some hardware in the trophy case when the lacrosse team defeated Eden Prairie 10-4 in the state championship earlier this month. The champions celebrated by running across the field to their goalkeeper Andrew Koenen, who deserved the pile of celebration. He stopped 16 Eden Prairie shot attempts, giving up only four goals to a team that scored 15 in the semifinals.
The New Prague sophomore started slowly, but an eagle on No. 14 gave her a three-shot advantage over Cretin-Derham Hall's Celia Kuenster in the Class 3A girls' competition.
Taylor Bratten knelt on the infield dirt at Caswell Park in North Mankato and buried her crimson-red batting helmet into her palms after making Maple…
Despite losing out in the section finals three years in a row, Eastview isn't just happy to make state.
Hopkins plays Eden Prairie in the state baseball tourney's first round
Last year's co-champion, Rogers, and Minnetonka are among the favorites in a wide-open tournament.
The Ponies came into the tournament with the most losses of any team but also came home with the trophy.
Jefferson seniors have busy tourney
New year. New field. New result.
Brittany Hoffmann tried to block it out. But the sting from not coming through in the clutch earlier in the Class 2A softball tournament still throbbed inside the New Ulm junior.
The most enduring athletes in Minnesota history are well known. Names such as Puckett, Killebrew and Tarkenton bring about images of long-term success. But what…
The Tigers upended four-time defending champion New Life Academy in the semifinals.
The two metro schools won twice Thursday and will meet for the Class 3A softball title.
The Saints manager pitched 41 games for the Twins in 1993, beating Oakland on an otherwise miserable day for his only MLB victory.
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