by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Frank Carlson and Bob Stuttgen found themselves in an unfamiliar but giddy spot Sunday — on top of the leader board at Elk River Golf Club.
The two businessmen from Elk River captured the Companions Classic championship by four strokes with a 197 net, beating out 29 other teams.
“I have never won anything here, other than five bucks a few times,” chuckled Carlson, a member for over 20 years. “Bob and I have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory the last two years. But we played pretty well both days.”
Chris Prosser and Nick Andrican were runners-up with 201. George Sanford and Roger Lamp were third with 204. Tying for fourth were Chris Miller and Bruce Smith, and Steve Doro and Jack Longie, with 205’s.
Carlson, who operates a cement firm, Majestic Masonry, shot 77, and Stuttgen, retired machine shop owner, shot 89. Their nets were 67 and 71, respectively.
Asked about highlights, Carlson said he had a 30-foot downhill putt on No. 14 that was “turning like the energizer bunny” until it went right in the cup for a birdie. On the par 3 No. 15, Carlson drove to the right of the green and Stuttgen to the left. Carson said, OK, let’s go for fours, and Stuttgen retorted, “Fours! I’m gonna get a birdie!” And he chipped within four inches to get the birdie.
Andrican won men’s low net with 66, followed by Carlson with 67, Jack Longie 68, and Tom Hellerstedt 69.
Cory Pike won low gross with 68, followed by Matt Smerdon 72, Drew Dufner 73, and Jay Perbix and George Sanford with 75’s.
Christensen, Buttweiler lead women
Patty Christensen was right in the groove last Sunday even when she hit a tree, as she teamed with Rickie Buttweiler to win the Companions Classic at ERGC.
Shooting 193, they placed first among 15 teams. Karen Stahlman and Gloria Jenson were next with 201.
Christensen blasted a 260-yard drive on No. 16 that led to a birdie. She shot 83 for the day.
“That was my career drive, and my career round,” said Christensen, who’s won two other titles with other partners.
“Everything went well. I hit a maple tree on No. 17, and it bounced to the middle of the fairway.”
Buttweiler shot 93 on Saturday, seven under her handicap, to hold them up when Christensen struggled.
Paige Lingman and Andrea Ende were third with 205. Tying for fourth were Diane Sanford and Candace Johnson, and Michele Olson and Kerry Lamp at 213.
Lamp won net with 65, followed by Sanford and Andrea Ende with 66’s. Christensen won gross with 83, followed by Jenson 88 and Greta Ege 89.