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City tourney begins today

July 13, 2012

The 32nd annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota City?Golf Tournament, presented by The Messenger tees off today.

The 45-hole event is expected to host over 200 golfers for the third year in a row, making for a big weekend at the Country Club and Lakeside Municipal Golf course.

As of Friday two of the four champions have signed up to try and repeat this season.

Fort Dodge graduate Colin Pearson ushered in a new wave of champions last season, winning the men's title.

Pearson escaped with a playoff victory over Nick Johnson.

The Dodger graduate headlines an impressive list of frontrunners this weekend, which includes former men's open division title holders Ryan Kinseth and Lucas Peed, three-time city runner-up Tanner Kesterson and Johnson, among many others.

St. Edmond graduate Kelsey Faiferlick ran away with the title here a year ago, and is the odds-on-favorite to repeat the feat.

The Park University golfer carded a rounds of 86 and 81 to defeat Dee Cummins and Deann Faiferlick.

Both Cummins and Faiferlick are in the field again this summer, along with perennial contenders Janelle Groteluschen and Brenda Hebert.

Senior champions Roxanne Kuhlman, the two-time defending champion and Tony Malizia, who was the senior men's champion, hadn't signed up as of Friday night.

Former senior champs Terry Miller and Phil Joselyn lead what appears to be a wide-open race.

Kurt Engnell and Jon Schuman are always in contention.

On the women's senior side, Peg Christensen was a single stroke behind Kuhlman.

The men will begin play at the Country Club on Saturday with the women at Lakeside.

Courses will flip flop on Sunday. The men's open division will play a championship nine after 36 qualifying holes.



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