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City golf heats up

Pearson, Cummins, Faiferlick, Blomker out in front

July 15, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

Colin Pearson is back in familiar territory after the first round of the 32nd annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota City Golf Tournament.

Seeking his second consecutive men's open division title in the event presented by The Messenger, Pearson shined by firing a five-under par 66 at the Country Club here Saturday.

Right behind is 2012 Fort Dodge Am men's open champion Tanner Kesterson (67) - a three-time city runner-up.

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Defending men’s open division champion Colin Pearson?tees off on Saturday during the city golf tournament. For more photos, please visit CU?at

"I was happy with my round," said Pearson, a recent FDSH graduate. "You have the ability to go really low (score-wise) with how perfect (the course) is set up.

"I missed a lot of putts, but I guess it just all kind of balanced out (yesterday)."

Pearson, who will golf next spring for Indian Hills, shot a three-under par 32 on the front nine and birdied holes 5, 7, 9, 15 and 16.

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1. Colin Pearson66

2. Tanner Kesterson67

3. Austin Morrow70

4. Eddie Doyle72

5. Lucas Peed73

(tied) Michael Faiferlick73

(tied) Ryan Kinseth73

(tied) Ryan Reeder73

9. Buck Yoder75

(tied) Chad Michael75

11. Chaz Vance76

(tied) Jeremy Larson76

(tied) Steve Schmidt76

14. Cory Cummins77

(tied) Justin Jorgensen77

16. Chad Klass78

(tied) Dean Wendell78

(tied) Matt Johnson78

(tied) Phil Ruth78

(tied) Randy Stults78

(tied) Scot Bergman78

22. Justin Faiferlick80

(tied) Kirk Yung80

(tied) Nic Huse80

(tied) Scott Deuel80

26. Brandon Kinseth81

27. Brian Balm82

(tied) Dan Adams82

(tied) Pat Rial82

(tied) Steve Tracy82

(tied) Tom Peart82

32. Jason Vandi83

(tied) Jon Diehl83

(tied) Josh Gollob83

(tied) Richard Bensteiner83

(tied) Stephan Hindman83

(tied) Steve Arnold83

(tied) Steve Huss83

39. Alan Nguyen84

(tied) Brandon Balm84

(tied) Dennis Detmering84

(tied) Dennis Pals84

(tied) Jerad Helmers84

(tied) Lance Utley84

(tied) Luke Brandel84

(tied) Matt Tracy84

(tied) Ted Hanson84

48. Andy Schlief85

(tied) Mike Fraher85

(tied) Nick Vinson85

(tied) Rob Teff85

(tied) Robert Flattery85

(tied) Ryan Grossnickle85

(tied) Ryan Nelson85

(tied) Tom Hood Jr.85


1. Ron Cummins69

2. Terry Miller71

3. Jon Schuman72

4. Rick Jones73

5. Jim Wilke74

(tied) Kirt Miller74

7. Al Peterson75

(tied) Dave Hanson75

(tied) Dave Osterberg75

(tied) Greg Sampson75

(tied) Scott Harms75

12. Jim Haub76

(tied) Kurt Engnell76

14. Jeff Larson78

15. Jim Crouch79

(tied) Keith Messerly79

17. Curtis Johnson80

(tied) Jim Dalton80

(tied) Mike Osterberg80

(tied) Roger Balke80

21. Jack Cottrell81

(tied) John Thalacker81

23. Tim Lawler82

24. Dan McGrevey83

(tied) Tom Forbes83

26. Dean McCallum84

(tied) Kevin Ressler84

(tied) Mike Rial84

29. Dave Morrow85

A year ago, Pearson also delivered the low opening-round score (69) of the tournament.

"I wasn't really nervous, and just came out (to the Country Club) to have some fun with my buddies," Pearson said. "(Winning the city tournament) last year definitely makes me feel like I can go out and compete.

"There's plenty of tough competition, though, with Tanner, Matt (Johnson), Austin (Morrow), Eddie (Doyle), Ryan (Kinseth), Lucas (Peed) - just a lot of good players."

Despite settling for bogeys on 5 and 6, Kesterson managed birdies on 3, 4, 7, 11, 12 and 18. He registered a three-under par 33 on the back nine.

"The course is set up easy, but I just struggled on my last two holes," said Kesterson, a sophomore-to-be on the Oklahoma State golf squad who has extended family in Fort Dodge and lives here in the summer months. "I need to get the putter rolling, and just go out and play my game (today)."

Still within striking distance of the top spot are 2008 FDSH graduate Austin Morrow (70) and St. Edmond junior-to-be Eddie Doyle (72). Former city champions Peed (2001 and 2003) and Kinseth (2005) sit seven strokes off the pace, along with two others.

In the men's senior class, Ron Cummins anchored the field with a 69, followed by 2010 senior champion Terry Miller (71) and Jon Schuman (72).

Cummins carded an eagle on 15 and birdied 4, 5, 7, 10 and 12. He double-bogeyed 1 and bogeyed 3, 11 and 16.

Last summer's women's open champion, Kelsey Faiferlick, gained control with a first-day tally of 82 at Lakeside. Defending runner-up Dee Cummins (87) and Brenda Hebert (89) are next in line.

Faiferlick, a 2011 St. Edmond graduate and current Park University standout, bested her opening-round score from a year ago by four strokes.

"I didn't play quite as well as I wanted to," Faiferlick said. "I was still able to scramble a lot and felt pretty good about my score.

"I'm hoping to shoot even better (today)."

Diane Blomker (78) sits a comfortable 16 strokes in front of 2011 runner-up Peg Christensen for the lead in women's senior action.

Players who teed off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday will now tee off at 12:30 p.m., with the times being reversed as well as course. Women will keep their same time assignments.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90's this afternoon, with south winds under five miles per hour.



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