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Bahnsen beats Souter for Mills Championship

Butch Wagner • May 12, 2015 at 5:36 PM

The ball-striking was outstanding, but the putting was another story in the Mills Creek Open championship match Saturday.

Shawn Bahnsen, 25, captured his third title in six years with a 3&2 nod over Rick Souter, 54, in a scheduled 36-hole battle of local golfers.

Bahnsen also won crowns in 2006 and 2008 and is three-for-three in title match appearances.

The match was delayed two hours because of rain, and course workers were sent out to clear as much water off the greens as possible.

Bahnsenn joins Joel Foss (2002, 2005 and 2010) and Don Bugel (1980, 1983, 1985) as three-time champions in the 72-year history of the tournament.

He was five under par in the quarterfinals and six under for the semifinal test. He was just two under Saturday for the 34 holes played.

Souter was even par for the day.

Bahnsen birdied the opening hole and Souter evened the score on No. 4 when he chipped his second shot into the cup on the par-three hole.

Bahnsen won Nos. 7 and 8 with pars after a birdie on No. 4 but Souter got one back on No. 9 with a birdie.

They stated the second trip around the nine hole curse with Bahnsen 2-up and Souter's par on No. 3 cut the deficit to one, but Bahnsen earned honors on No. 7 with a par to make it 2-up after the fist 18.

Bahnsen went 3-up with a par on No. 2, then 4-up with another par on No. 4 as Souter had problems getting up and down after missing the green on each hole.

Souter won No. 8 with a par four as Bahnsen three-putted and both birdied No. 9.

Souter was down by three with nine holes to play and ran off a string of six consecutive fours, but that was matched by Bahnsen and the latter clinched the match with a par three on the 129-yard par-three 7th hole.

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