Vandersluis Memorial: Jenkins wins again

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sept. 1, 2008)--For the fourth time in six years, Tom Jenkins took home the Vandersluis Memorial title, held at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

This time Jenkins started off strong and never gave the competition an opening, firing an opening-round 67, followed by two 71's to finish at 7-under-par 209.

“I hit a lot of good shots on Saturday and played really well, I didn’t have any really long putts and was able to make my share," Jenkins told the Bemidji Pioneer, noting that the putter betrayed him a bit on Sunday. “I struck the ball really well again and could have had another 67, but I just couldn’t make a putt all day. The longest one I made was from about six feet.”

With the lead firmly in hand, he came into Monday's final day just trying to avoid the big number.

“I didn’t start the day with any number in mind that I wanted to shoot,” he said. “I just wanted to be around par — that way I knew someone would really have to play to beat me.

Mitch Mackedanz was the runner-up at 1-under 215, while Derek Harris took third at 218.

In the senior flight, Ross Kvittem won his first title over Bruce Simenson with a par on the second playoff hole after knocking his rescue club to within 20 feet, then easily two putting.

He finished 71-74-75--220, 4-over par.

“Those were really good scores for me on good days,” Kvittem told the Pioneer. “Things just seemed to come together for me these last three days — that’s the way it happens sometimes.”

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