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Ross Miller Leads Tapemark with Opening Round 6-Under 65

June 10, 2016

St. Paul, MN (6/10/2016)—The 45th annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am provided great intrigue on the first day with the top local golfers competing for this year’s title. The conditions were tough with temperatures reaching the low-to-mid 90’s at Southview Country Club in St. Paul, MN.

Ross Miller of Riverwood National GC fired an opening round 6-under 65 to gain sole possession of the lead.

“I had a slow start,” said Miller. “I hit the fairway all day today. I made birdies on all of the par-5’s, and just didn’t leave very many long par putts.”

Miller, searching for his first Tapemark victory, qualified for the event after a four-hole playoff victory just a few weeks earlier.

It was a good day to be a coach of the University of Minnesota Men’s Golf Team. John Carlson, past champion and head coach of the Golden Gophers, sits in second place, one shot off the lead.

Also, assistant coach Justin Smith finds himself in a four-way tie for third with Ian Hessels of New Richmond GC in Wisconsin, Julian Ramirez of Riverwood National GC as well as Jon Trasamar of Windsong Farm GC.

“Front nine I played great, hit a lot of fairways,” Smith said. “I got off to a good start on the back, until I started missing some of the fairways I was hitting before [on the front]; especially on the par 5’s. I missed a couple short putts, and I didn’t finish the way I wanted to,” he added.

Section Members Don Berry, Brent Snyder, Dave Tentis and Scott McDonald all remain in contention tied for seventh at 3-under along with Chris Meyer of Dallas Athletic Club.

When asked about what went well in his round, McDonald responded with “smart playing.” “I made a good [birdie] putt on 17 and a sand save on the 18th for birdie. I birdied the 7th and 9th. The par-4, 9th was a good one, big one to make at the end.”

Defending champion Ryan Helminen of Ridgeway CC in Wisconsin finished tied for 12th at 2-under, four shots off the lead.

The low amateur of the day was Shell Wheeler of North Oaks GC who posted a 2-under 69.

The Women’s Event begins tomorrow with tee times starting at 8:20am.

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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