Baxley and Conn Winners at MPGA Combo
September 17, 2023 | 2 min.
BECKER, Minn. – Combining for four birdies over their final five holes Sunday at Pebble Creek Golf Club, Ralph Baxley and Ryan Conn posted a 27-hole tally of 13-under 95 to earn a three-stroke victory over Tony Krogen and Jesse Larson at the 38th Minnesota Public Golf Association Combination Championship.
Baxley and Conn improved on a fifth-place finish from a year ago, each earning the second state victory of their respective careers.
Carding a 3-under 33 to open the championship during the alternate shot format, Baxley and Conn found their stride during the scramble portion of the tournament, carding five birdies to move to 8-under with nine holes of best ball to play.
Baxley tallied an early birdie to help his team move to 9-under before the two converted four birdies over their final five holes to finish on top of the leaderboard by three shots at 13-under 95.
Winner of the 2006 Twin Cities Championship at Edinburgh USA, Baxley puts an end to a string of 12 top-3 finishes over the past four seasons, including six runner-up finishes.
Conn, who teamed with Hunter Rebrovich to win the 2019 Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Classic at Madden’s Resort, has also earned multiple close calls in recent years, notching 22 top-10 finishes since 2016.
Falling to Cecil Belisle in 2020 and 2022 at the MGA Players’ Championship, Conn also advanced to the final round of the MGA Mid-Players’ Championship each of the past two seasons, falling to Bryce Hanstad on both occasions.
Krogen and Larson carded a 1-under 35 during the alternate shot portion of the championship before sinking seven birdies during their second nine scramble to sit at 10-under with nine holes to play.
A pair of birdies at their 23rd and 25th holes is all the closer Krogen and Larson would get, finishing three shots back in second place at 10-under 98.
The father and son combo of Aden and Andy Jacobson posted a 9-under 99 Sunday to finish in a tie for third with the team of Jacob Herdine and Connor Herman.
THE 38TH MPGA COMBINATION CHAMPIONSHIP
PEBBLE CREEK GOLF CLUB
6,696 YARDS, PAR 72
SUNDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Baxely/Conn, 33-31-31—95
2. Krogen/Larson, 35-29-34—98
T3. Jacobson/Jacobson, 34-31-34—99
T3. Herman/Herdine, 34-30-35—99
T3. Hafdal/Quesnel, 34-30-35—99
6. Burleson/Strusz, 36-33-31—100
T7. Brown/Strauman, 35-31-35—101
T7. Holt/Whittaker, 35-31-35—101
T7. Pakkala/Passolt, 34-32-35—101
10. Lloyd/Neuroth, 36-32-34—102
For complete tournament results go to: www.golfgenius.com/pages/9840278244358642097