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Alex golfers play in MGA Amateur Championship

Alexandria’s Casey Vangsness finished tied for 32nd at the Minnesota Golf Association’s Amateur Championship from July 21-23.

The returning Resorters Men’s Division champion shot a 13-over 229 through the three rounds at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club. Vangsness eagled the par-five 18th to finish off his tournament in the final round. He ran into a stretch on the back on the final day where he bogeyed four of six holes. He added a couple birdies and seven pars to his card in the final round.

Vangsness qualified for the 111th Amateur Championship by winning a qualifier at the Wapicada golf Club on June 25.

He shot a 2-under 70 by firing back-to-back 35s that day. That helped him secure the win by two strokes over three others who finished at 72.

Alexandria’s Austin McCulloch and Jerry Rose also qualified for the championship after each shot 74 at the qualifying event at the Minnewaska Golf Club on June 25.

Rose finished tied for 28th at the championship in a group that included two-time Executive Division champion Daryl Schomer of St. Cloud. Rose and Schomer both shot three-day scores of 12-over, 228.

Jesse Bull won the championship with a 212 after shooting two-under on the final day. He edged Erik Christopherson by one stroke to win the title.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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