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Golfers with local ties compete in state amateur

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

There are golfers with local ties playing in this week's 108th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship at White Bear Yacht Club in Dellwood.

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Johnny Larson of New Ulm Country Club, the 2007 Birchmont Men's champion, was unable to match Monday's 3-under 68 performance and was six over after 16 holes in Tuesday's second round.

He started the day tied in second place and was tied for 19th place when his round was suspended due to darkness because of delayed starting afternoon tee times.

Donald Constable of Spring Hill Golf Club is the championship's leader after 36 holes with a five-under par 137. He shot even par 71 Tuesday.

He holds a three stroke lead in the championship after 36 holes. Constable leads Robert?Bell and Adam Riddering who are both at 140. David Christensen of Elk River Golf Club had the best round of the day at four-under and is tied for fourth at 141.

Sam Matthew of Midland Hills Country Club, the 2007 and 2009 Birchmont Junior champion followed his 2-under par 69 Monday with a 4-over 75 on Tuesday. His two-round total of 144 has him in an eight-way tie for 11th place heading into the final round.

Tom Jenkins, the 2009 Birchmont champion who plays out of Wild Marsh Golf Club, followed Monday's 71 with a 5-over 76 Tuesday and is tied for 43rd place. Jenkins is a Bemidji native and a 1998 Bemidji State graduate.

Other golfers with Bemidji ties were unable to make the cut, which was 7-over at 149.

BSU golfer Chris Curb shot an 5-over 76 Tuesday and finished tied for 63rd place at 150.

BSU volunteer assistant golf coach Eric Carlson also shot an 5-over 76 and finished tied for 63rd place at 150.

Jim Strandemo of The Wilds Golf Club shot 4-over Tuesday, missed the cut with a two-round total of 153 and tied for 91st. Strandemo is a three-time Birchmont Men's champion (1983, 1990 and 1996).

Birchmont veteran Seth Heppner of Crookston withdrew from the tournament in the second round.

There were 156 players who started in the tournament Monday and the top 60 advanced past Tuesday's cut for Wednesday's final round.

The course played tougher on Tuesday as there were only 18 rounds of even par or better.

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