NEW ULM – Shane Kvidera, the 2019 New Ulm Invitational Golf Tournament champion, was the championship first round leader on Saturday in the 62nd edition of the tournament.
Kvidera, who plays golf at Rum River Hills Golf Club in Ramsey, shot a 72 on the New Ulm Country Club course, putting it one shot ahead of New Ulm Country Club member Scott Paa.
Nate Weisenburger of Pines Golf Course in Nisswa was third with a 75. Four golfers tied 76 for fourth place – Coliin Huffman of New Ulm, James Fromm of New Ulm, Chris Brookens of Dahlgreen Golf Course in Chaska and Ryan Bakken of Ridgeview CC, Duluth.
New Um’s Jason Wieland was 8th with a 77, one stroke ahead of New Ulm’s Ethan Kraus and Brett Mathiowetz.
Four players tied for 11th, with scores of 80 – New Ulm’s Josh South, New Ulm’s Kevin Atrip, New Ulm’s Tyler Hirth and Asheville CC’s Paul Andersen.
Kvidera said the 72 he shot on Saturday was his best start since joining the tournament. He’s been playing here since 2017 with a band from Ramsey.
“Rum River pal’s wife is from New Ulm – Tony Kliber. He’s been coming here for years, and he’s invited a few of us, and now we have a group of about eight people who come every year.
Kvidera said he shot a 74 on the first day of his 2019 win, and he hopes another similar round will put him in the final four title games on Sunday.
“That’s the fun part. All the fans are coming to cheer you on,” said Kvidera.
Competition begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. when all flights play their final round. The top finishers from the championship flight will then play another nine holes to decide the title.