Golf: Carpenter misses cut at U.S. Amateur; Bromen and Gunderson win club championships

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Paige Bromen, left, and Dave Gunderson, right, are honored by head professional Mike Tracy after winning the women’s and men’s club championships at Stillwater Country Club on Aug. 4-5. It marked the third straight and seventh overall title for Bromen while Gunderson has won four in a row and eight in his career.

Stillwater’s Hudson Carpenter finished 180th to fall short in qualifying for the stroke play portion of the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship this week in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

Hudson Carpenter

Carpenter, a 2010 Stillwater Area High School graduate who is entering his junior season at South Dakota State University, posted a two-round total of 150 to finish outside the 64-player cut by seven shots.

Competing against a field of 312 players, Carpenter shot a 5-over 76 at Cherry Hills Country Club on Monday and followed that up with a 4-over 70 at Common Ground Golf Course on Tuesday. Although the ball travels farther at high altitude, both courses measured more than 7,400 yards, despite either playing as a par-72.

Carpenter made two birdies each day and was 1-under on the par-5s in the two rounds combined.

Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala., was the top qualifier with a 132 total as the tournament turns to match play to decide this year’s champion.

Carpenter earned his spot in the U.S. Amateur by placing second in the section qualifier at Victory Links Golf Club in Blaine on July 23.


Bromen and Gunderson prevail at Stillwater CC

Some familiar faces defended their club championships as Paige Bromen and Dave Gunderson prevailed at Stillwater Country Club on Aug. 4-5.

Bromen, a Stillwater graduate who also played at Furman, St. Olaf and the University of Minnesota, Posted a 3-under total of 141 to win the women’s club championship for the third straight year and her seventh overall.

Janet Hanson captured the championship in the women’s senior division at 171 while Abby Thiets (3-over, 147 net score) and Connie O’Neal (6-under, 138) took top honors in the first and second flights. Thiets was also the runner-up behind Bromen in the gross division.

Gunderson is also a former Gophers player who turned in a 9-under score of 135 over two rounds to win the men’s club championship for the fourth straight year — and his eighth title overall. Hudson Carpenter finished in second place five shots behind Gunderson with a 140 total.

Mike Finnegan claimed the men’s senior title with a 1-under total of 143 and his net score of 139 also made him the top finisher in the first flight. John O’Neil won the second flight with a net 138 (6-under) while Jack Anderson prevailed in the third flight at 136 (8-under).

n Competing in the Stillwater Country Club junior tournament on Aug. 6, Lars Lillehei won the boys club championship while Ben Neeson captured the 13-and-under title. Lillehei will be a senior at Stillwater Area High School this fall.

Amanda Wolf, who was a sophomore on Stillwater’s state runner-up team this past spring, won the girls’ championship.

n Local author Rick Shefchik and his wife Barbara Lundgren were the top finishers in the low gross division of the Mr. and Mrs. Club Championship on Sunday. Paul and Gwen Johnson were the top finishers in the net division.

n Registration is underway for the 69th Annual Lyle Cran Memorial Shortstop tournament at Stillwater Country Club on Sept. 1-3. The event is open to the public, but limited to the first 144 players to sign up before the Aug. 26 entry deadline.

Additional information and entry forms are available at