by Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Colton Buege of Rogers captured his third consecutive Fox Hollow Golf Club championship Sunday while his brother McCabe ended a long time away from golf by placing third.
Colton Buege, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur earlier this summer, shot 70-73—143, with Jason Cargill next at 146 and Mac Buege at 147.
The champion is 3-for-3 in Fox Hollow club tournaments. He won a three-way playoff in 2012 and won by seven strokes last year with 137.
The brothers led Rogers to second place in the state tournament in 2010 and Mac led them to a share of the state title in 2011. Colton, 22, played with the Gophers and Mac, 21, with Central Florida, both getting degrees but not staying with golf throughout.
“This was Mac’s first tournament in almost a year and a half,” said Colton. “He was focusing on school, and he graduated with honors.”
Colton Buege earned a trip to the U.S. Amateur by shooting 141 in a qualifier at Rush Creek in Maple Grove in June. At nationals in Atlanta (Aug. 11-17), he didn’t make the cut, but savored the experience.
“It was a blast,” he said. “It felt like a PGA event with TV cameras and bleachers and the course roped off. They treat you like royalty.”
The siblings plan to play in the inaugural USGA four-ball tournament at Stoneridge in Stillwater Sept. 15, hoping to advance to nationals in San Francisco.