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BIRCHMONT: Loscheider gains bragging rights between cousins

Gavin Loscheider of Grand Forks earned bragging rights over his cousin Austin Jensen of Grand Forks after winning the Junior Championship. Matthew McLaughlin | Special to The Pioneer

BEMIDJI -- There was no need to scan a scouting report prior to Saturday's Junior Championship final. Advancing to the title match were Gavin Loscheider and Austin Jensen and each was already familiar with his opponent's game.

"We're cousins and we play together every day," Loescheider said. "We usually go back and forth as far as beating each other but I guess I have bragging rights today."

During Saturday's final Loescheider, who lives in Grand Forks, capped a 2-up victory with a par on No. 18. Jensen, who is from Salt Lake City but spends his summers with family in Grand Forks, owned a 2-up lead after 13 holes but lost the lead and the match after carding bogeys on the final five holes.

"Neither of us played that well," Loescheider said. "But I guess I played just a little bit better than Austin did. I stepped up my game during the last five holes and Austin struggled a bit."

Loescheider is only 13 years old and will be an eighth grader at South Middle School in Grand Forks. During the qualifying round he shot 83 and his match-play success included wins over Riley Nemex of International Falls, Keaton Wolf of Grand Forks and Charles Eickhof of Crookston.

"I'm a little surprised to be holding the plaque," Loscheider admitted. "But I'm relieved. It's been a long week and I'm ready to go home."

Matthew Gregg of Bemidji won the consolation championship as he defeated Carson Hagen of Lakeville 5 and 4 in Saturday's final.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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