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Edinburgh USA Site of the Minnesota State Open July 19-21

July 15, 2013

Berry, Sorenson both with ties to Edinburgh USA

Jeff Sorenson, PGA Professional

Jeff Sorenson
PGA Professional

Jeff Sorenson, the reigning Minnesota Section PGA Player of the Year, will be coming home, in a sense, when he tees it up at Edinburgh USA site of the Minnesota State Open July 19-21. Sorenson grew up playing at Edinburgh and then worked at the course between the ages of 12 and 25. By his estimation, he’s played about 1,000 rounds at the Robert Trent Jones course. His long history and course knowledge gives him a strategic advantage over every golfer in the field, except one – Don Berry. Berry has been at Edinburgh USA for 25-years, head golf professional for 18 of those years. He’s also Sorenson’s former boss.

Don Berry PGA Professional

Don Berry
PGA Professional

“Of course Don has an advantage,” said Sorenson. “Edinburgh is a strategy golf course and he knows it very well. He will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Between Sorenson and Berry, they have won the last 18 Player of the Year Awards, with Berry winning 14 and Sorenson winning 4 of the last 6. Berry, however, has the overall advantage including a run of 13 consecutive Player of the Year Awards which began in 1995. This will be the first time that the State Open has been contested at Edinburgh USA.

Edinburgh USA First Time State Open Host Site

When the Minnesota Section PGA began its rotation of host sites for the State Open, Edinburgh USA jumped into the mix right away because it’s one of the top facilities in the metro area. According to Minnesota Section PGA Tournament Director Darren DeYoung, “When Edinburgh USA showed an interest in hosting the State Open it was only a matter of time before it would eventually host the Championship.” This year, it has it.

The Robert Trent Jones track has hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and multiple LPGA events in the past and will certainly present a stern challenge for the field July 19-21. When asked how Edinburgh USA would hold up to the field Berry said, “I think the course will play great – it’s in very good shape and will challenge the players quite a bit – totally different course than Bunker Hills but equally as good.”

DeYoung expects holes 6 and 7 to present challenges for the golfers as well as the 17th hole, with its island green, potentially being a pivotal hole should the tournament comes down to the wire.

Edinburgh USA 17th Hole

17th hole at Edinburgh USA

“This hole can provide difficulties for anyone because of the unique design and little room for error off the tee and from the fairway.”

If history holds true, this State Open may not be about Berry or Sorenson. The last Sorenson to win the title was Jim Sorenson in 1986, Jeff has yet to win one. As for Berry, 1999 was his last State Open title. Instead, the story of the State Open has been the youth movement. The last golfer to win the title while over the age of 40 was Mike Barge in 2006. Sorenson is just 34-years old, but as a full-time PGA golf instructor at Columbia Golf Club, he knows the younger guys have something he doesn’t have – practice time.

“Great players, but (their success) probably has to do with them playing full time and not having full time jobs like us older guys,” said Sorenson.

Don’t be surprised if it’s some of the “old guys” that use their “old tricks,” to make the 2013 State Open and tournament to remember.

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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