Ben Welle wins 82nd Pine to Palm Golf Tournament
Lake View, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead's Ben Welle opened the day, as one of the final four golfers left playing for the 82nd Pine To Palm championship.
Welle has experience delivering in pressure situations; he won a state title in 2012 as a senior at Moorhead high.
Today, the Kansas Jayhawk added to his resume. After winning his semifinal 1-up. He took on Minnesota Gopher Matt Rachey, who eliminated Shanley product Thomas Strandemo in the semifinals.
Starting on the first, Welle chipping for eagle puts it past the cup by two feet; he birdies to go one up after one.
Now on the 5th, Welle eyeing down the six footer curling it in for a birdie, Welle moves two up.
Rachey had the shot of the day on the seventh, his approach from about 65 yards stops just short of the cup, nearly holing out for eagle Rachey moves within one of Welle.
On to the 15th, Welle needed a two putt from below the hole to win the championship.
The birdie try rolls past the hole, Rachey concedes the putt the former Spud wins 4 and three.
Ben Welle/82nd Pine to Palm Champion: “It's still settling in a little bit. I'm still in shock. This one feels really good to tell you the truth. Last summer I had a couple of second places. I knew the win would come soon. Today was the day and it feels really good. Yeah mentally and physically it's a grind. Being out here from sun up to sun down trying to win a match. It's hard.”