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Spriggs holds early lead for Mid-Am championship win over Cavanagh

Kent Spriggs took an early lead and held on for his first Pine to Palm Mid-Am championship defeating Perham's Bob Cavanagh. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

DETROIT LAKES — Kent Spriggs, the 2012 Mid-Am runner-up, won his first championship at the Pine to Palm Golf Tournament Sunday defeating Perham’s Bob Cavanagh four and three.

Spriggs got out of the gate in a hurry going three-up after three holes and cruised to victory pushing the lead to the brink at four-up after 15 holes.

“I played okay;” Spriggs said. “I only made a couple bogies, three birdies. Got up and down a few times when I had to. Bob struggled early. He gave me three holes in a row. That kind of got me  up and I played pretty steady from there.”

While Spriggs was free to attack the course at opportune times, Cavanagh battled to stay in contention on a final day that was just not his.

With Spriggs two-up after five holes, Cavanagh drove into a bit of trouble in the trees, while Spriggs set himself up with a nice drive culminating in a 25-foot eagle putt, eventually winning the hole with a birdie to extend the lead.

“I tried to still play aggressively when I could and just make some putts and stay out of trouble. You don’t really have to go for it too much, play conservatively when you have to.”

Play continued in Spriggs’ favor into the back nine.

On 13, Springs had a good look from the green in regulation, while Cavanagh’s approach had him chipping from the edge. Cavanagh sunk his putt to halve the hole moving to the par three 14th.

From the tee, Cavanagh was left of the green just past the bunker. Spriggs was on the green waiting on a birdie putt. Spriggs pushed his lead to three-up and finished the match on the par four 15th hole.

Spriggs completed a three year challenge at the Mid-Am championship having added a Medalist honor in 2013 to his runner-up finish in 2012.

Cavanagh (148) and Spriggs (149) finished qualifying in second and fourth place behind medalist Scott Uithoven.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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