The weather in Perham on Sunday, Aug. 1, was a “a perfect day for golf,” said Ben Nelson. “You couldn’t ask for a better day.”
And Nelson could not ask for a better result. He took advantage of the good weather and being in the golfing groove to set a new course record at Perham’s Lakeside Golf Course, recording a 62.
Nelson started well but “it didn’t even feel like I was playing that good.”
But after playing the front nine Oak holes, he checked his scorecard and saw that he was 5 under par.
He wasn’t sure of the course record, but he thought it was 63 and knew he had a shot.
His golf partner, Tyler Fudge, even started video recording the back nine Maple holes.
On the back nine, Nelson said he knew he needed a birdie on the par 3 sixth hole. But his tee shot came up short of the green.
“I had to chip in to have a chance,” Nelson said. “I hit my chip and it ended up going in.”
On the final hole, he said he could “really feel the pressure,” and missed a birdie putt that would have given him a 61. He tapped in for 62.
“I didn’t let the nerves get to me, until the last hole,” Nelson said.
Nelson made birdies on Oak 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 and on Maple 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8.
It’s not clear who held the course record before Nelson’s recent round of 62. The score of 63 had been the Lakeside record for at least 20 years, more than likely set when a semi-pro tour came through Perham. But the name of the golfer who set it had been lost to the ages.
Nelson, who golfed for the Perham Yellowjackets, graduating in 2017, says he likes to play at least three rounds of golf per week, whether at Lakeside or one of the other courses in the Perham area.
But setting the course record at Lakeside is a round that stands out.
“That’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing golf, that’s for sure,” Nelson said.