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Broin Breaks Tournament Record on Final Day to Win Minnesota Boys' Junior PGA Championship

July 11, 2019

 
  DEERWOOD, Minn. – With the help of six birdies during his front nine Thursday, Gunnar Broin posted a tournament-record 6-under par 66 to come from behind and claim the 44th Minnesota Boys’ Junior PGA Championship at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.
 
The soon-to-be senior at Minnetonka High School entered the final round two shots off the lead and carded a 6-under 30 during the outward nine and played his final nine holes at even par, despite carding bogey on the final hole, to earn a two-stroke victory over first-round leader Nate Stevens at 8-under par 136.
 
Broin and Stevens both advance to the national championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn., July 30-Aug. 2.
 
Carding birdie on each of his first two holes Thursday, Broin quickly moved up the leaderboard before rolling in three straight birdies beginning at the fifth hole, moving to 7-under for the championship.
 
After sinking his birdie opportunity at the ninth, Broin made his final birdie at the par-5 14th hole before carding an inconsequential bogey on the final hole to finish the championship two shots clear of the field at 8-under 136.
 
Stevens, who will begin his sophomore year at Northfield High School this fall, posted a 4-under 68 Wednesday to take the early lead before playing his front nine in 1-over Thursday. Finding his rhythm over the final nine holes, Stevens carded three birdies through seven holes but would fall two strokes short of Broin at 6-under 138, earning the second qualifying spot to the national event next month.
 
Leo Gellert, from North Mankato, Minn., fired a final-round 69 Thursday to finish in third place at 2-under 142, while 2017 champion Caleb VanArragon placed fourth at even par 144.
 
 
 
THE 44TH MINNESOTA BOYS’ JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
RUTTGER’S BAY LAKE LODGE
DEERWOOD, MINN.
6,595 YARDS, PAR 72
 
 
THURSDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Gunnar Broin, Chanhassen, Minn., 70-66—136
2. Nate Stevens, Northfield, 68-70—138
3. Leo Gellert, North Mankato, Minn., 73-69—142
4. Caleb VanArragon, Blaine, Minn., 72-72—144
5. Jack Olson, Fargo, N.D., 69-76—145
T6. Jordan Slagle, New Hope, Minn., 74-72—146
T6. Jake Birdwell, Blaine, Minn., 73-73—146
T8. Carter Doose, St. Peter, Minn., 73-74—147
T8. William Freeman, St. Cloud, Minn., 70-77—147
T10. Joseph Thomas, Lakeville, Minn., 75-73—148
T10. Andrew Ramos, Blaine, Minn., 75-73—148
 
 
For complete tournament results go to:  https://mnpgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mnpgajr19/event/mnpgajr1926/contest/1/leaderboard.htm


 


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