Will Czeh takes Vandersluis Memorial title
Will Czeh <br>(Twitter Photo)
Will Czeh
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BEMIDJI, MN (September 5, 2016) -- Will Czeh started the final day of the Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club seemingly out of contention but a 3-under final round was enough to lift the Bemidji State sophomore to the top of the leaderboard. After beginning the day 4-over and tied for fourth six behind, Czeh ended up finishing 1-over.

Czeh, an All-NSIC first teamer as a freshman, put together 54-hole scores of 75-73-69 and became the seventh Bemidji State golfer in the last 10 years to capture the Vandersluis Memorial.

Aaron Leintz had the low round of the week with a final round 6-under 66 to finish one-stroke behind at 2-over and in second place. Seth Heppner was third at 3-over, Tim Skarperud finished fourth at 4-over while the leader after the first two rounds and former champion Matt Haugstad fell to fifth and 5-over.

In the Senior Division Rob Badiuk and Jeff Wiltse finished regulation tied for first at 13-over. However, on the second playoff hole it was Wiltse who took home the hardware.

Curt Howard (+14) was third, Ross Kvittem (+15) finished fourth while Peter Bridston (+16) ended up fifth.

The Masters Division saw Glen Hasselberg complete his wire-to-wire victory as he won by an impressive 17 shots.


Matt Haugstad, 2-under, extended his lead on the second day of the Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club. After shooting a 2-under 70 in the first round Haugstad shot an even-par 72 and as the field struggled he saw his lead move to four shots.

Josh Bergrud (73-73) and Seth Heppner (78-68) are tied for second sitting at 2-over. Heppner's 4-under 68 is the round of the tournament thus far.

Will Czeh (75-73) and Jim Foss (72-76) currently share fourth at 4-over.

In the Senior Division Rob Badiuk has taken a one-stroke lead. Badiuk is 7-over after rounds of 76-75. Curt Howard (77-75), is 8-over and in second place while Peter Bridston (76-78) is 12-over.

First round leader Patrick Kenney feel to 15th place.

Glen Hasselberg continues to lead in the Masters Division and is now 11-strokes in front. Tom Conzemius is in second while Jack Blesener is third.


With round one of the Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club in the books Matt Haugstad has taken the lead with a 2-under 70. Haugstad, along with Ian Guzzo who is 1-under and in second place are the only two players in red figures after the opening 18-holes.

When the second round begins on Sunday Jim Foss, even-par, will start play in third while Josh Bergrud and Ekren Miller are tied for fourth at 1-over. In all 10 players are within six shots of the lead.

The Seniors Division is being paced by Patrick Kenney who also shot a 3-over 75. However, it is shaping up to be a tight race as 11 players are within five shots of the lead. Three players; Rob Badiuk, Peter Bridston and Tim Straub are 4-over and in one shot back in second place.

In the Masters Division Glen Hassleberg leads the way following a 3-over 75. Hassleberg will carry a six-stroke into the final round.

ABOUT THE The Vandersluis Memorial

The Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament is held each year at the Bemidji Town & Country Club over Labor Day Weekend. The event has an international field with divisions for Men, Senior Men and Ladies. Past men's champions (including 1996 British Open Champion Tom Lehman) have gone on to successful professional and amateur careers. The format provides top competition for players of all ability.

There are 6 different divisions that players can enter:
• Mens Champs- Open to men of all ages
• Sr. Men's Champ-Open to men age 50 and over
• Master's Champ-Open to men age 65 and over
• Men's Regular flight-Open to men age 19 and over
• Sr Men's Regular flight-Open to men age 50 and over
• Ladies Regular flight-Open to ladies age 19 and over

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