Former MGA Amateur Champ Bull Has Sights Set on Mid-Amateur Title


September 12 2017
Mike Daman, MGA starter, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Trent Peterson, Valpleywood GC, at the 13th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Peterson is T20, 74 (+3). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Trent Peterson, Valpleywood GC, at the 18th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017.Peterson is T20, 74 (+3). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joe Conzemius, Dakota Pines, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Conzemius is T1, 69 (-2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Ben Greve, Minneapolis GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Greve is T12, 73 (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Mike Fiedler, Mendakota CC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Fiedler is T12, 73 (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jesse Bull, Golden Valley, at the 10th tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Bull is T1, 69 (-2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Bryce Hanstad, Geneva GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Hanstad is T12, 73 (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joe Conzemius, Dakota Pines, at the 10th tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Conzemius is T1, 69 (-2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
David Haslerud, Southview CC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Haslerud is T12, 73 (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joel B. Johnson, Links at Northfork, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Johnson is T1, 69 (-2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Troy Johnson, Medina G&CC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Johnson is T9, 72 (+1). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Sammy Schmitz, Southview CC, chips to the 13th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Schmitz is T20, 74 (+3). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jason Pendleton, Olympic Hills, reads his line at the 18th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Pendleton is T6, 71 (even). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Keith Piotrowski, University GC, putts at the 18th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Piotrowski is T6, 71 (E). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jesse Polk, Hazeltine National, from the bunker at the 18th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Polk is T12, 73, (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jesse Polk, Hazeltine National, sinks his putt at the 18th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Polk is T12, 73, (+2). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Justin Burleson, Valpleywood GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Burleson is T20, 74 (+3). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
David Cookson, Hazeltine National, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship, Sept. 11, 2017. Cookson is T20, 74 (+3). Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joe Conzemius, Dakota Pines, at the 1st tee (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
David Cookson, Hazeltine National, at the 1st tee (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
J.T. Johnson, Olympic Hills, birdies the 17th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joel B. Johnson, Links at Northfork, putts at the 17th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Andy Jacobson, Eagle Creek, at the 15th tee (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Troy Johnson, Medina G&CC, birdies 17 (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Dan Anderson, Eagle Creek, at the 15th tee (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
John Anderson, Bunker Hills, celebrates an eagle-2 from 112 yards at the 9th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jesse Bull, Golden Valley G&CC, surveys his line at the 9th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Jesse Bull, Golden Valley G&CC, follows his birdie attempt at the 9th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Mike Fiedler, Mendakota CC, drives at the 4th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Ben Greve, Minneapolis GC, chips to the 6th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Tom Whaley, Minneapolis GC, at the 10th tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Ryan Trullinger, Edinburgh USA, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Sammy Schmitz, Southview CC, at the 10th tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joe McCormack, Crow River GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Joe McCormack, Crow River GC, drives at the 1st (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Ryan Trullinger, Edinburgh USA, at the 10th tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Robert Newbold, Minneapolis GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
David Haslerud, Southview CC, follows his drive at the 18th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Troy Johnson, Medina G&CC, chips to the 17th green (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Justin Burleson, Valleywood GC, follows his tee shot at the 9th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Ben Greve, Minneapolis GC, birdies the 6th (Southview) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Blake Onkka, Bunker Hills GC, at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Paul Schubring, Bent Creek GC, drives at the 10th (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Eric Rislove, Prestwick GC, follows his drive at the 1st (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Daryl Schemer, Wapicada GC, drives at the 1st tee (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Terry O'loughlin, Links at Northfork, follows his drive at the 1st (Dakota Pines) during the MGA Mid-Am Championship's 2nd round, Sept. 12, 2017. Photos by W.P. Ryan/Courtesy MGA.
Trent Peterson on the 18th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson on the 5th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson after the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson making a birdie putt on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson pitching to the 16th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson pitching to the 18th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Trent Peterson just missing on the 18th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Peterson won the championship with a 3 round total of 211, 2 under par, 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place finisher Andy Jacobson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Andy Jacobson on the 18th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Jacobson finished in 2nd place with a 3 round total of 212, 1 under par, 1 stroke behind winner Trent Peterson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Andy Jacobson pitching to the 18th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Jacobson finished in 2nd place with a 3 round total of 212, 1 under par, 1 stroke behind winner Trent Peterson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Andy Jacobson on the 6th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Jacobson finished in 2nd place with a 3 round total of 212, 1 under par, 1 stroke behind winner Trent Peterson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Andy Jacobson on the 13th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Jacobson finished in 2nd place with a 3 round total of 212, 1 under par, 1 stroke behind winner Trent Peterson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Andy Jacobson putting for birdie on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Jacobson finished in 2nd place with a 3 round total of 212, 1 under par, 1 stroke behind winner Trent Peterson. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Bull on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Bull finished in 3rd place with a 3 round total of 213, even par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Bull on the 6th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Bull finished in 3rd place with a 3 round total of 213, even par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Bull hitting out of a bunker to the 6th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Bull finished in 3rd place with a 3 round total of 213, even par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Bull on the 9th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Bull finished in 3rd place with a 3 round total of 213, even par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Bull putting for birdie on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Bull finished in 3rd place with a 3 round total of 213, even par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jason Pendleton on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Pendleton tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Justin Burleson on the 17th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Burleson tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jason Pendleton hitting out of a bunker to the 4th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Pendleton tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Justin Burleson putting for birdie on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Burleson tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jason Pendleton on the 5th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Pendleton tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Justin Burleson on the 5th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Burleson tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jason Pendleton on the 17th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Pendleton tied for 4th place with a 3 round total of 214, 1 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Tom Ryan, Executive Director of the MGA, on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Scott Fenwick on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Fenwick tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Joseph Conzemius putting for birdie on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Conzemius tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Scott Fenwick on the 9th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Fenwick tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Joseph Conzemius on the 17th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Conzemius tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Scott Fenwick on the 5th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Fenwick tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Joseph Conzemius pitching to the 16th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Conzemius tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Scott Fenwick just missing on the 8th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Fenwick tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Joseph Conzemius on the 5th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Conzemius tied for 6th place with a 3 round total of 215, 2 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Troy Johnson on the 10th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Johnson finished in 8th place with a 3 round total of 216, 3 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Troy Johnson chipping to the 16th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Johnson finished in 8th place with a 3 round total of 216, 3 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Troy Johnson on the 5th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Johnson finished in 8th place with a 3 round total of 216, 3 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
David Haslerud on the 17th tee during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Haslerud tied for 9th place with a 3 round total of 217, 4 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
David Haslerud putting for birdie on the 12th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Haslerud tied for 9th place with a 3 round total of 217, 4 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA
Jesse Polk hitting out of a bunker to the 4th green during the final round of the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Southview CC on Wednesday, September 13th. Polk tied for 15th place with a 3 round total of 219, 6 over par. Photo by Mark Brettingen/Courtesy MGA

By Nick Hunter
nick@mngolf.org


  WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – Posting a round of even par 71 Tuesday at Southview Country Club, Jesse Bull positioned himself to collect his third state amateur golf victory over the past four seasons.

Bull held off Erik Christopherson on his home course of Golden Valley Golf and Country Club to win the Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship in 2014 before teaming up with Andrew McCain to win the 2016 MGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Edina Country Club.

Opening the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship with a round of 2-under par 69 Monday, Bull carded an even par 71 Tuesday and will begin final round with a one-stroke advantage over Andy Jacobson and Scott Fenwick.

“I’d like to be a little more consistent tomorrow, fairways to greens,” Bull said ahead of Wednesday’s final 18 holes. “I hope to have a better feel—I felt really good putting the last six or seven holes today—my reads were better and pace was better.

“The key tomorrow is to be consistent and hope that my ball flight is still there.”

Bull started the second round Tuesday by rolling in a four-footer for birdie, but would give back a shot with bogey at the second. Carding a second bogey at the fourth after finding the water, Bull dropped to 1-under for the championship, but converted a short birdie chance at the sixth to get back to 2-under.

Unable to get up-and-down for par at the seventh, Bull then let a short birdie chance at the ninth slip away to turn at 1-under for the tournament. Bull put his tee shot at the 10th to eight feet and sank his putt to get back to 2-under, but again gave back a stroke with a bogey at the 12th.

A crucial par came at the par-4 16th when after finding the water from the tee, Bull hit his third from 180 yards to four feet and made his putt to save par to remain at 1-over for the round.

Bull lipped an eagle putt at the par-5 17th, tapping in for birdie before sinking a four foot comebacker to save par after lipping another short birdie chance at the 18th. He would finish the day even and in sole possession of the lead at 2-under par 140 with 18 holes to play.

“I was happy with my finish, other than it being a little frustrating at the end. It could’ve been a really strong finish, but ended up being a good finish,” Bull said Tuesday. “I just couldn’t hold it under par.

“It was a grind. I’ve played out here, but I couldn’t remember a handful of holes. The greens were tricky and tough to read. I didn’t make anything that I shouldn’t have, but I’m hitting the ball good and staying out of trouble.”

Jacobson, of Eagle Creek Golf Club, opened the championship with a round of 71 at Dakota Pines Monday and got started quickly Tuesday, sticking his approach at the opening hole inside of three feet, but would draw even for the day with a bogey at the 216-yard fifth.

The 2016 MGA Mid-Players’ champion turned at 1-under for the round after his second birdie of the day at the par-4 eighth. A pulled tee shot left of the par-3 10th led to a double-bogey for Jacobson, but he bounced right back by hitting his approach inside of two feet at the 11th, converting birdie to go to 1-under for the championship.

Playing the par-3’ at 4-over Tuesday, Jacobson fell back to even for the championship with a bogey at the par-3 15th, but finished on a high note by converting his birdie look at the par-5 17th to post a 71 to finish 36 holes on top of the leader board at 1-under par 141.

“I had some looks, but I also had some testy par putts that I was very happy to make. On some of these greens, if you’re on the wrong side, you can’t stop the ball. I had some good five-foot, six-foot par putts,” Jacobson said Tuesday. “I feel comfortable out here and I’m looking forward to coming back tomorrow. You need to hit the ball in the fairway to have some looks, if you don’t you’re going to be in trouble.

“The par-3’s had my number today. I was happy with the way I hit the ball, but I’d like to see a few more putts go in. I need to fine-tune some mid-irons because those par-3’s are important out here.”

Fenwick opened the championship Monday with an unassuming round of 75 at Dakota Pines Golf Club Monday before switching venues to his home course at Southview Tuesday, resulting in the lowest round over the first 36-holes of competition at 5-under par 66.

Rolling in birdies early and often, Fenwick carded four red numbers over his first six holes Tuesday to quickly jump up the leader board to even par for the championship, turning at 4-under for the round.

Fenwick had a minor setback with bogey at the 11th, but birdied his final two holes, playing the par-5’s at 4-under during the final round, to finish in a tie for second with Jacobson at 141, just one shot off the lead.

The 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship concludes Wednesday with final-round tee times beginning at 8 a.m. at Southview Country Club.

 
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