Palmer pro George Collum chips to the fourth green Monday, July 12, 2021, during the State Farm Pro Am and Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Palmer pro George Collum chips to the fourth green Monday, July 12, 2021, during the State Farm Pro Am and Skins Game at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kaiser, Collum take pro skins game

Palmer pro George Collum and Anchorage pro Brandon Kaiser won the skins game at the 2021 State Farm Pro Am and Skins Game on Monday at Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna.

Collum and Kaiser dominated the early play to win $1,050. Zac Cowan, a Birch Ridge pro, and Chris Wright won $1,000 to come in second place.

The skins game featured three teams of pros, also including Birch Ridge pros Bill Engberg and Rich Lundahl.

In a skins game, each hole is worth a dollar amount. In order to win the money from a hole, a team must get the lowest score on a hole. If two or more teams tie on a hole, the dollar amount is pushed to the next hole.

The first skin came on the 450-yard, par-5 third hole. Kaiser had a good chip to set Collum up for a short birdie putt, while the other two teams failed to birdie the hole.

After the amount from No. 4 was pushed to No. 5, Collum and Kaiser were the only team to get on the par-4, 305-yard fifth hole in regulation. A two-putt par won them the skin.

A 5-foot par putt by Collum got the pair another skin on the par-3, 150-yard sixth hole. None of the teams got on the green with the tee shot, but Kaiser had the best chip from off of the green and Collum took advantage.

After the teams pushed Nos. 7, 8 and 9, the event went to extra holes. Cowan and Wright were finally able to take their $1,000 on the fourth extra hole.

In the pro am earlier in the day, Cowan fired a 1-under 71 to post the top score for a pro. Collum and Lundahl tied for second at 72.

For the amateurs, Greg Sanders took top gross with a 71, while Nolan Rose was second gross, also at 71. Third gross went to Max Dye at 72.

The top net score was Darell Jelsma at 65, while Tim Bowser was second net, also at 65. Third net went to Keely Sundberg at 66.

The top team was Lundahl, Jelsma, Steve Tachick and Dave Mathison. The second team was Rose, Andy Gray, Mike Hollingsworth and Jared Ramm. The third team was Kaiser, Erik Thompson, Jimmy Grace and Bowser.

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