Schmidt shines in border battle

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 8, 2001


Tuesday, May 08, 2001

HUDSON, Wis. – It’s billed as a tournament with the best in professional and amateur golfers from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Phil Schmidt did his home town proud.

Schmidt, Albert Lea, went undefeated in three matches as Minnesota defeated Wisconsin 14 1/2 to 9 1/2 to win the Troy Burne Cup that concluded Monday at Hudson, Wis.

The matches were founded in 1999 by PGA Tour players Tom Lehman and Steve Stricker to promote the spirit of goodwill and competition between golfers of the neighboring states.

In the opening round Sunday morning, Schmidt teamed with professional Mike Barge of Chanhassen to defeat pro Eddie Terasa of Waukesha, Wis., and amateur Tom Halla of Lannon, Wis., 3-and-2 in alternate-shot competition.

Schmidt then was paired with an old foe, Edina’s John Harris, who defeated Schmidt in a sudden death playoff to win the 2000 Minnesota Golf Association state tournament. Schmidt and Harris played to a draw with Pat Boyle of South Milwaukee and pro Bob Gregorski of Cato, Wis.

On Monday, Schmidt defeated Jerry Strege of Fon du Lac, Wis., 3-and-2 in singles match play.

The Minnesota team also included amateurs Joe Stansberry of Minneapolis, James Wahl of Plymouth, Gary Jacobson of Plymouth and Jim Lehmann of Plymouth, and amateurs Rod Cook of Fridley, Tom Dolby of Atwater, Dave Tentis of Woodbury, Bill Israelson of Staples and David Nordeen of St. Bonafacius.