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A 68 Gives Stevens Opening-Round Lead at MN Boys' Junior PGA Championship

July 11, 2019

  DEERWOOD, Minn. – Carding five birdies and one bogey during his opening round Wednesday, Nate Stevens posted a 4-under par 68 to take the lead following the first round of the Minnesota Boys’ Junior PGA Championship at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
Stevens will carry a one-stroke lead over North Dakota’s Jack Olson when the tournament resumes Thursday.
A field of 79 players are competing for two qualifying spots available for the national championship at Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford, Conn., July 30-Aug. 2.
Stevens, who will be a sophomore at Northfield High School this fall, carded three birdies during his opening nine before his only blemish of the opening round came at the par-3 11th, dropping him 2-under for the championship.
Responding with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th holes, Stevens would post an opening-round 68 to finish the first day of competition with a one-stroke lead.
Will Freeman, St. Cloud, Minn., and Gunnar Broin, Chanhassen, Minn., each fired rounds of 2-under par 70 and will begin the final round in a tie for third place, two shots off the lead.
The final round of the 2019 Minnesota Boys’ Junior PGA Championship is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
6,595 YARDS, PAR 72
1. Nate Stevens, Northfield, Minn., 33-35—68
2. Jack Olson, Fargo, N.D., 36-33—69
T3. Will Freeman, St. Cloud, Minn., 36-34—70
T3. Gunnar Broin, Chanhassen, Minn., 32-38—70
5. Bennett Thomas, Lakeville, Minn., 33-38—71   
6. Caleb VanArragon, Blaine, Minn., 38-34—72
T7. Jake Birdwell, Blaine, Minn., 37-36—73
T7. Leo Gellert, North Mankato, Minn., 37-36—73
T7. Carter Doose, St. Peter, Minn., 37-36—73
T7. Mark Olson, Oxbow, N.D., 39-34—73
T7. Sam Wanous, Eagan, Minn., 37-36—73
T7. Mason Roloff, Blaine, Minn., 37-36—73
For complete tournament results go to:  https://mnpgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mnpgajr19/event/mnpgajr1926/contest/1/leaderboard.htm


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