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GOLF: Lehman takes 1-shot lead into final round at the MGA Senior Amateur

BEMIDJI -- Jim Lehman is one round away from clinching his fourth Minnesota Golf Association Senior Amateur title since 2013. The two-time MGA Men's Senior Player of the Year carded a 1 over par 73 in the second round of play Tuesday at Bemidji T...

BEMIDJI -- Jim Lehman is one round away from clinching his fourth Minnesota Golf Association Senior Amateur title since 2013. The two-time MGA Men’s Senior Player of the Year carded a 1 over par 73 in the second round of play Tuesday at Bemidji Town and Country Club.

Lehman, the brother of 1999 Ryder Cup winner Tom Lehman, owns a narrow one-shot lead over Mark Knutson thanks to the former’s 1 under par 143.

“I enjoy playing with the lead - I think it keeps me focused. I’m playing well, I’m swinging well and hitting the ball straight,” Lehman said in an MGA press release. “I’m going to keep on hitting fairways and greens. Mark Knutson and a bunch of other guys right behind me are good players, so I’ve got to be aggressive and it’s going to be great fun.”

Knutson won the championship in 2012 at Northland Country Club and has had his share of success in the tournament since, finishing fifth in 2013, second in 2014 and sixth in 2015. After shooting a 2 over par 74 Monday, Knutson moved up the leaderboard by firing one of six rounds of 2 under par 70 in the field Tuesday.

Scott Hogan, the 2016 MPGA Senior Public Links champion, posted a 72 Tuesday and will begin today’s final round in third place, just two shots off the lead.

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Jeff Wiltse has the best score among Bemidji Town and Country Club golfers. Through 36 holes, Wiltse is tied for 16th with a 7 over par 151.

Play in the Master and Grand Master Divisions concluded after two rounds Tuesday.

Doug Taylor fired a 1 under par 71 to finish with a 2 over par 146 overall score to win the Master Division title by a stroke.

David Haugan repeated as Grand Master champion after carding a 6 over par 150 over two rounds for his nine-stroke win.

The 97th MGA Senior Amateur Championship concludes with Wednesday’s final round. Tee times begin at 8 a.m.

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