Don Berry of Edinburgh USA Golf Course won his fifth Minnesota Senior Open title in the past six years Tuesday at Baker National Golf Course in Medina.
He shot a 4-under-par 68 for a 135 two-day total, nine shots better than Mike Barge of Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Berry played the last five holes at 5 under.
After a bogey on the 13th hole, Berry made a birdie from 4 feet after hitting a great approach from 170 yards on the par-4 14th. On the par-4 16th, he made a 10-foot putt for birdie putting him at 6 under and six shots ahead.
The shot of the tournament came at the par-4 17th when Berry’s wedge from 90 yards landed 3 feet past the hole and spun back in for eagle. He had another birdie on the par-4 18th.
“When I’ve won this before, I haven’t necessarily felt like I played great but just good enough [to win],” he said. “This time I did and that made it fun.”
Mike Flaherty from Dakota Pines Golf Club began the day one shot off the lead, but a costly lip-out for par on the par-4 first hole and a four-putt triple-bogey on the par-4 third quickly moved him out of contention.
Four-ball winners three-peat
Lynn Anderson and partner Leigh Klasse shot a 3-under 69 to win the MGA Senior Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Minnesota National Golf Course in McGregor. Their 36-hole total of 136 was eight shots better than runners-up and former three-time champions Claudia Pilot and Brenda Williams. This is the third consecutive title for Anderson and Klasse.
• The Big Ten announced kickoff times for the Gophers’ home games against Buffalo and Middle Tennessee State this season. Minnesota’s first game under coach P.J. Fleck is against Buffalo and will start at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers will play Middle Tennessee State at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. The Big Ten Network will televise both games.
• Colleen Powers and her assistants at St. Catherine were named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Midwest Region coaching staff of the year after leading the Wildcats to their first Division III women’s softball College World Series.
• Assistant Jackie Kiecker was promoted to head volleyball coach at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. She played Division I volleyball for Mississippi. The Cardinals also named Greg Moore their women’s hockey coach. He had been an assistant in the program for eight years.
• Three incoming freshmen on the Gophers softball team were named to the Premier Girls Fastpitch’s Central Region All-America team. They are pitcher Rachel Lowary of Grimes, Iowa; and outfielders Alex Velasquez of Chanhassen and Ellee Jensen of Watertown, Wis.
• Tony Thomas had a solo homer and a three-run double and Ryan Zimmerman pitched a three-hitter to lead the St. Paul Saints to a 5-0 victory over the host Texas AirHogs in the first game of a doubleheader. The Saints also won the second game 4-0 as Jason Creasy allowed only two hits in six innings and Connor Little pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. Breland Almadova had an RBI triple in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.