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Herding and Arzdorf Named Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players’ Tour Players of the Year

August 25, 2016

Abby Herding of Storden, MN and Brady Arzdorf of East Bethel, MN were named the 2016 Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players’ Tour Players of the Year in the Girls’ and Boys’ divisions, respectively. Player of the Year honors are awarded to the girl and boy who accumulate the most points throughout the season during the Minnesota Junior PGA’s five Players’ Tour Series Events, Match Play Championship and final Tournament of Champions. The awards are given out to each player following the conclusion of the Tournament of Champions.

Arzdorf & Herding

Brady Arzdorf and Abby Herding hold their awards at the Players’ Tour Tournament of Champions

Herding, a Class of 2016 graduate from Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School, had an impressive summer winning two of the five Players’ Tour Series events and finished tied for second in the Tournament of Champions to end the season.

“The highlight of my season was definitely winning this award,” said Herding.  “It is very reassuring to know you played well at several summer tournaments instead of just a couple events, and I enjoy getting to compete against the top girl golfers in the state of Minnesota that I wouldn’t normally get to play against during the high school season.”

She finished the year with a total of 760 points to win this year’s award, good enough to edge Ashlyn Guggisberg of Glenwood, MN, who finished with 715 points. “This award gives me both confidence and a sense of accomplishment within my golf game,” she emphasized. “I am extremely happy to come out on top as the Player of the Year.”

Arzdorf, similar to Herding, was most deserving of Player of the Year honors after a stellar summer with a victory in one of the Players’ Tour Series events and no finish worse than tied for twelfth. He also finished tied for second in the Tournament of Champions.

“The thing I believe helped me improve the most this year was that hardly any college coach wanted to recruit me because I had a higher scoring average to start the season,” said Arzdorf, who will attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD this fall. “I then used that feeling of rejection as motivation to try to improve my game. I’m grateful to coach Danny Sinksen at Augustana University for believing in me.”

Finishing the season with 693.33 points, Arzdorf beat out Brady Madsen of Raymond, MN by less than 40 points to claim this year’s honors. This was very important to him and his confidence, “winning this award means a lot to me because there are a lot of other great golfers in the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association that made it a competitive season,” he said. “It also showed me that it’s never too late to change paths and that you may struggle at first, but with hard work and determination you can be successful in it.”

Congratulations to Abby and Brady on their accomplishments this season.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

Vikings vs. Wild in Drive, Chip and Putt Competition

August 24, 2016

Minnesota Wild stars Zach Parise and Eric Haula went to Hazeltine National recently to take on former Minnesota Vikings stars John Randle and Randall McDaniel in a Drive, Chip & Putt Ryder Cup Challenge.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

Section Member Reigstad Enjoying New Role at Gentry Academy

August 23, 2016

Section Member Jon Reigstad has recently accepted a position at Gentry Academy as the Director of Golf. In his first year at Gentry Academy, Reigstad has embraced the atmosphere and culture of the school.

“It’s been great. We preach education first, but we also show them how to be leaders,” said Reigstad, who is also the Director of Instruction at Keller Golf Course. “And at the same time, we give them the opportunity to train in their respective sports during the day.”

Jon Reigstad

Gentry Academy was founded on the belief of providing excellence in academics, leadership and athletics. Their mission is as follows; attending Gentry Academy is an elite opportunity not afforded to every student. Your child deserves not only the best opportunities to learn and grow but should also enjoy the advantage of being surrounded by highly-skilled peers who will simultaneously challenge and support them. During these critical years, we believe it is important to mold character, leadership and a commitment to excellence. Our unique mentoring approach to learning encourages older students to be actively involved in the development of their younger peers.

Gentry Academy, currently based in Arden Hills at their corporate location, is awaiting the construction of their brand-new campus. The new location will be on the Vadnais Heights Sports Center campus.

Specifically for golf, Reigstad will be able to use the campus’ golf dome and simulators to host sessions in the winter. Otherwise, he utilizes Keller Golf Course for the majority of his classes in the fall and spring.

Gentry Academy is in its first year of offering golf as a program within the school. As mentioned above, the golf program will include both indoor and outdoor sessions depending on the season. Each session will be 2 hours per day for a 10 hour total per week.

The indoor schedule is broken up into two separate hours, one for instruction and the other for coaching. The outdoor session will consist of Reigstad playing alongside the student, monitoring his or her play at Keller Golf Course. When necessary, he will utilize the academy’s practice facilities, which include driving range, pitching/chipping area, putting green, and sand bunker.

If this program is something your child(s) would be interested in learning more about, please contact Jon Reigstad at 651-335-2510 or at jonreigstad@reigstadgolf.com.

Anderson Holds on to Claim Minnesota Women’s State Open

August 17, 2016

Lynn Anderson of Keller GC fired a final round 5-over 77 to hang on and win the 2016 Minnesota Women’s State Open at Indian Hills Golf Club. The first round yesterday was suspended due to severe weather and unplayable conditions. Players who were on the course at the time of the suspension yesterday finished their rounds this morning resuming from the same spot they were at when yesterday’s suspension occurred.

“Yesterday, I ended the day with a birdie on the 17th [prior to the suspension],” she said. “I had a short, uphill putt that I made which felt good.”

Lynn Anderson

Anderson began the final round today on the par-5 18th, the only hole left to finish her first round. On the 18th, she missed a 5-foot birdie putt that left a sour taste in her mouth; although she was optimistic about her first round play.

“It was good, really good. I actually missed some opportunities out there, so it could have been even better for me,” said Anderson. “It was one of those days where everything clicked. I was hitting the greens, making putts, and was able to roll some in .”

She attributed her early success to her new approach and mental focus during the round, “for almost two weeks now, I have been working on finishing strong and not getting ahead of myself,” she said smiling. “Staying within the moment and focusing on the shot at hand because I tend to jump ahead from time to time.”

Her second round wasn’t pretty by any means, but she took advantage of opportunities when she needed to. Especially with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 18th and par-4 1st—her only two birdies on the day.

“I rolled in the putt on the 18th from about 15-feet which was nice,” Anderson said. She followed that up with another lengthy, 20-foot birdie make on the 1st to get back to 2-over on the day.

She would finish out with three bogeys and no birdies on her final eight holes for a 5-over 77 and 4-over 148 two-day total. “I wasn’t hitting the ball as crisp as the first day, but nothing too awful,” she emphasized.

Turns out, that was just good enough to hold off the rest of the field in what was an eventful second day.

Anderson, who has made it a staple of hers to finish well, was relieved to finally come out on top despite not having her strongest performance. “It feels great,” she said with a smirk. “Like finally the hard work is paying off. It definitely gives me some momentum heading into the next couple weeks.”

Martha Nause of Mendakota CC, Sierra Langlie of Bunker Hills GC and Natalie Roth of Moorhead CC finished in a three-way tie for second at 5-over 149. Past champions Lisa Grimes and Sarah Burnham finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

2016 August Publication

August 5, 2016

Here is the 2016 August Publication for the Minnesota Section PGA.

Content includes:

  • New Members & Employment Changes
  • Section Tournament Schedule
  • Minnesota State Open Championship
  • Hazeltine National PGA REACH Charity Pro-Am
  • Minnesota Junior PGA Championship
  • Bubba Watson Praises PGA Professionals at PGA Championship
  • Minnesota Golf License Plate

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

The Golf World’s Focus Shifts to Hazeltine as Ryder Cup Approaches

August 5, 2016

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

Hazeltine Hosts Charity Pro-Am Benefiting PGA of America’s Minnesota Section PGA & PGA REACH Program

August 2, 2016

Hazeltine National Golf Club, despite furious efforts to prepare for the biggest golf spectacle the state of Minnesota has ever seen, hosted the PGA REACH Charity Pro-Am on Monday, August 1st. PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, seeks to improve and advance opportunities for youth from all backgrounds to have access to the game of golf, while ensuring that cost doesn’t prohibit them from entering the sport.

PGA REACH Pro-Am-3

Hazeltine National Golf Club, host of the 2016 Ryder Cup

This Pro-Am offered golfers the opportunity to tee it up at Hazeltine National Golf Club on the last day golfers can play the course; prior to hosting the 2016 Ryder Cup. Most importantly, it allowed golfers to support the Minnesota Section PGA Foundation and its initiatives for growing the game among youth, all while playing a championship course.

The Pro-Am was an 18-hole, Stableford five some team competition with each participant playing his or her own ball. Each group/pairing of participants was placed with one of our local PGA Professionals.

The event was a huge success in raising money for PGA of America’s PGA REACH program and the Minnesota Section PGA’s local youth, military and diversity/inclusion player development programs.

To view all the pictures from the event, click here.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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