MARSHALL - With the Dakotas Tour making its annual swing through Marshall this week, tour professionals and Marshall-area amateurs teamed up for the Schwan Food Company Pro-Am at Marshall Golf Club on Monday.
Behind a net score of 57 from its three amateurs and the low pro round of the day, the team of Tim Ailes, Owen Mahaffey (professionals) and Brent Haukom, Jeff Bragg and Jeff St. Cyr (amateurs) won the 18-hole event with a team score of 123.
Both Ailes and Haukom eagled the par-5 18th en route to a two-stroke victory.
Photo by Travis Andries
Brent Haukom, left, and Dakotas Tour professional Tim Ailes, right, approach their balls on the 18th green during the Schwan Food Company Dakotas Tour Pro-Am at Marshall Golf Club on Monday. Both Haukom and Ailes would go on to eagle the par-5 hole en route to a team victory during the event.
Ailes, a Dakotas Tour veteran who has previously won the event at MGC, said his foreknowledge of the course came in handy while shoot a 6-under 65 on a blustery day.
"With a wind like this it's good to be familiar with the greens and the angles you're coming in from," Ailes said. "I hit it really well, but you obviously have to make some putts to shoot 6-under. But I hit it pretty solid."
For Haukom, who will be entering his senior year at Marshall High School in the fall and plays on the Tiger golf team, the opportunity to play 18 holes alongside Ailes provided insight into how professionals approach the game.
Pro-Am Top Finishers:
1. Tim Ailes, Owen Mahaffey; Jeff Bragg, Brent Haukom, Jeff St. Cyr 123; 2. Jordan Elsen, Tom Carlson; Tom Homan, Tony Theisen, Jason Lewis 125; 3. Neil Frederickson, Paul Peterson; CJ Haukom, Duane Rost, Rick Homan 126; 4. Ryan Lenahan, Max Moxness; Jason Holm, Jase Bly, Tom Gruhot 127; t-5. Brandon Crick, Tyler Monda; Zach Fossum, Joe Buysse, Tony Alcorn 128; t-5. Patrick Strandemo, Dave Schultz; Jim Christianson, Chad Wyffels, Viessman 128; t-5. Jeff Burton, Nate Barbee; Brian Bjella, Tim Rogers, Kevin Reese 128.
Dakotas Tour Round 1 scores:
Tim Ailes 65, Brandon Crick 66, Nate Barbee 67, Paul Peterson 67, Rodney Hamblin 67, Chris Evans 69, Jeff Berkshire 69, Jeff Burton 69, Austyn Karle 70, Cam White 70, Doug Quinones 70, Matthew Smith 70, Jack Newman 71, Levi Venn 71, Neil Johnson 71, Noah Lawson 71, Thomas Campbell 71, Tom Carlson 71, Tyler Gann 71, Dave Schultz 72, Jay Myers 72, Kelly Kretz 72, Ryan Lenahan 72, Ryan Peterson 27, Travis Stockholm 72, Trevor Blair 72, Bryan Newman 73, Cory Blenkush 73, Josh Bergrud 73, Kevin Starr 73, Mark Pillen 73, Matthew Moxness 73, Owen Mahaffey 73, Andrew Funk 74, Jordan Elsen 74, Ryan Nielson 74, Stuart Gold 74, Aaron Clausen 75, Jay Jurecic 75, Jon Sauer 75, Jonathan Carlson 75, Patrick Strandemo 75, Scott Pugh 75, Taylor Stamp 75, Travis Slaathaug 75, Jake Sanders 76, Judd Cornell 76, Michael Vance 76, Peter Lansburgh 76, Sam Jandel 76, Shane Feist 76, Aaron Kilian-Smith 77, Kevin Stanek 77, Ben Freeman 79, Neil Frederickson 79, Ben Wood 80, CJ Deberg 80, Tyler Monda 80, Jamie Estrada 81, Nolan Martin 81, Lucas Reuter 84, Josh Porter 86.
"First thing is putting, that's the major thing that makes them better. Then they just hit the ball in better spots," Haukom said. "They are always inside the trees and making it up and down for par or birdie."
Ailes in particular impressed Haukom with his clinical approach to MGC on Monday.
"He's just solid all around. He hits it in the fairway then he makes the putt," Haukom said. "It didn't even seem like he shot a 65. He's just so solid."
With over five hours spent in each other's company, conversations about golf between the Dakotas Tour members and the amateurs were inevitable. Haukom said that the questions directed towards him were narrow in focus and typically dealt with the physical properties of MGC.
"They asked just a few little things, like if it is firm in front of the green or what's up there, how much to the river, how much to carry that," Haukom said.
Potentially because of how well he was playing, Ailes said that the amateurs in his group had fewer questions for him than vice versa.
"We were pretty quiet. It was just so windy that I was kind of in my own little world, just trying to stay concentrated," Ailes said.
That concentration paid off and Ailes enters today's second round, for professionals only, at MGC with a one-shot lead over Brandon Crick. Nate Barbee, Paul Peterson and Rodney Hamblin are all tied for third after Day 1 with 4-under-par 67s.
Peterson was a member of the third-place pro-am group; three shots behind the winners and one stroke out of second place. Jordan Elsen, Tom Carlson, Tom Homan, Tony Theisen and Jason Lewis combined for a 125; edging Peterson, Neil Frederickson, CJ Haukom, Duane Rost and Rick Homan, who posted a 126.
Sole possession of fourth place went to the team of Ryan Lenahan, Max Moxness and Jason Holm, Jase Bly and Tom Gruhot with a 127. Three teams tied for fifth place at 128.