Grand View Lodge, The Pines Course
Nisswa, Minnesota
July 15 - 18, 2002


Jacobs out to a commanding seven shot lead after shooting 72

NISSWA, Minn. -- Amidst a bevy of high scores, Eric Deutsch of Rochester, Minn., broke through with a 2-under-par 70 to seize the lead in the Boys Division of the hp Junior Classic at The Pines Tuesday. Mary Ellen Jacobs of Godfrey, Ill., is the leader in the Girls Division by seven strokes after carding an even-par 72.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the hp Junior Classic at The Pines features 84 players, both boys and girls, representing 21 states with 32 participants hailing from Minnesota.

As the 2002 Minnesota Class-A State Champion, Deutsch has carried his solid play of late into the tournament. He put his driver away after two holes and made two 20-foot putts for par as he was the only player to come in under par.

"People don't realize how hard this course is," Deutsch said. "It's so nice out here, but it's so hard. It challenges you to think and make smart decisions."

The 18-year-old Deutsch has an uncle who was a golf professional at The Pines Course when the resort first opened in 1991, and he has played the course over 100 times.

"I know this course pretty well because I've played it so much," Deutsch said. "This is definitely my favorite course to play in Minnesota."

After finishing strong at last year's event (83-75-70) to place seventh, Deutsch is determined to stay ahead of the field until the final putt drops.

"I just have to keep it between the trees," Deutsch said. "If I don't make any doubles, I'll be really happy."

Patrick Herzog of Red Wing, Minn., stands alone in second with a 72. Robbie Kelley of Minnetonka, Minn., and Pravin Asokan of Oak Brook, Ill., are tied for third at 73. John Larson of Springfield, Minn., and Michael Haverfield of Louisville, Ky., round out the top five at 74.

For the girls, Jacobs opened up a commanding lead as she effectively navigated the difficulty of the course. She hit 12 of 16 fairways and played a very safe round.

"This summer I've been playing pretty well," Jacobs said. "Today it was just a matter of being consistent off the tee."

Playing in her third AJGA event, the 18-year-old Jacobs had some mixed feelings as she started the first round.

"Obviously it's a huge thing to win an AJGA event, and I had goals of making it into the top 3 and shooting under 77," Jacobs said. "Once I saw the course and played it in the practice round, though, I got really intimidated."

With two rounds remaining, Jacobs' goals are simple.

"Fairways and greens are my goal," Jacobs said.

Joy Juskowich of Morgantown, W.Va., stands alone in second place after shooting 79. Kelly Weisgarber and Erica Dahl, both of Fargo, N.D., round out the top three at 80.

Second round action will run from 7:30 - 9:27 a.m. Wednesday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at The Pines Course.

For more information on the hp Junior Classic at The Pines, contact tournament headquarters at (218) 963-0001 ext. 234.



Eric Deutsch, Rochester, Minn. 35-35-70
Patrick Herzog, Red Wing, Minn. 35-37-72
Robbie Kelley, Minnetonka, Minn. 36-37-73
Pravin Asokan, Oak Brook, Ill. 37-36-73
John Larson, Springfield, Minn. 36-38-74
Michael Haverfield, Louisville, Ky. 38-36-74
Patrick Hall, Owatonna, Minn. 38-38-76
Chris Baker, Brownstown, Ind. 37-39-76
Danny Amundson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 36-40-76
Eric Akeson, Peoria, Ill. 34-43-77
Nathaniel Spencer, Lawrence, Kan. 37-40-77
Scott Aydelotte, Apache Junction, Ariz. 40-37-77
Joe Kinney, Lake Villa, Ill. 37-40-77
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa 39-38-77
Jonathan Jackson, Lake Forest, Ill. 42-36-78
Tommy Rymer, Hastings, Minn. 39-39-78
Jeremy Segal, Eagan, Minn. 40-38-78
Lawrence Larson, Dell Rapids, S.D. 39-39-78
Kyle Shay, Peoria, Ill. 41-37-78
Mike Fiedler, Faribault, Minn. 42-36-78
Derrick Whiting, Carlos, Minn. 37-42-79
Tyler Olson, Buffalo, Minn. 40-39-79
Jon Stecher, Fargo, N.D. 39-40-79
Oscar Pate, Corpus Christi, Texas 41-38-79
Jeff Kaiser, Onalaska, Wis. 39-40-79
Ryan Neal, Arlington, Texas 41-38-79
John Peter Winkler, Shreveport, La. 41-38-79
Kyle Underwood, Adrian, Mich. 40-39-79
Ryder Frerichs, Edina, Minn. 41-38-79
James Barber, Winnetka, Ill. 41-38-79
Brian Egan, Minneapolis, Minn. 38-42-80
Nate Schunke, Rochester, Minn. 41-39-80
Ryan Smith, Victoria, Minn. 40-40-80
Ryan Blechle, O'Fallon, Mo. 39-41-80
Andrew Turner, Lititz, Pa. 43-37-80
Jay Yonamine, Edan Prairie, Minn. 40-40-80
Hayden Williams, Lapel, Ind. 40-41-81
Matt Considine, Akron, Ohio 41-40-81
Ajay Anderson, Knoxville, Iowa 44-37-81
Bradley Wissmueller, Wausau, Wis. 42-39-81
Michael Williams, Phoenix, Ariz. 43-38-81
Travis Keller, La Crosse, Wis. 43-38-81
Andrew Longbella, Chippewa Falls, Wis. 43-38-81
Jeff Noeske, Valley City, N.D. 42-40-82
Keenan Voit, Las Vegas, Nev. 43-39-82
Tom Carlson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 44-38--82
Adam Kern, Castro Valley, Calif. 44-38-82
Jonathan Steele, Lenexa, Kan. 45-37-82
Matthew Rubis, Fargo, N.D. 39-43-82
Stuart Lindgren, Richfield, Minn. 40-43-83
Jason Saxon, Wayzata, Minn. 39-44-83
Peder Nyhus, Jamestown, N.D. 43-40-83
Nick Meissen, Charleston, Ill. 42-42-84
Andrew Nieland, Edina, Minn. 46-38-84
Joshua Segal, Eagan, Minn. 42-43-85
Ben Moore, Rochester, Minn. 43-42-85
Ryan Trasamar, Sioux Falls, S.D. 40-45-85
Lee Schloesser, Rochester, Minn. 45-41-86
Jonathan Holstad, Dellwood, Minn. 42-45-87
Marshall Buckler, Blaine, Minn. 43-45-88
Nate Geiger, Faribault, Minn. 42-46-88
Reed Reynolds, Rochester, Minn. 42-46-88
Joseph Wieser, Las Vegas, Nev. 45-43-88
Daniel Johnson, Potsdam, N.Y. 46-44-90
Andrew Hoegh, Knoxville, Iowa 45-46-91
Mark Zimmer, St Albans, Mo. 48-43-91
Ryan O'Brien, Maple Grove, Minn. 47-47-94
Joe Daly, Owatonna, Minn. 45-50-95
Tyler Kutscheid, St. Cloud, Minn. DQ-(Rule 20-7b)

Mary Ellen Jacobs, Godfrey, Ill. 37-35-72
Joy Juskowich, Morgantown, W.Va. 38-41-79
Kelly Weisgarber, Fargo, N.D. 38-42-80
Erica Dahl, Fargo, N.D. 38-42-80
Brittany Willborg, Cologne, Minn. 43-39-82
Angela Gauck, Greensburg, Ind. 43-39-82
Laura Caniff, Russell, Ky. 42-40-82
Brittany Adams, Huntington, W.Va. 42-40-82
Cassie Fordahl, Edina, Minn. 41-42-83
Stacey Linduska, Woodbury, Minn. 41-46-87
Lindsey Huebert, Omaha, Neb. 43-45-88
Jeana Dahl, Fargo, N.D. 44-46-90
Jessica Shin, Mankato, Minn. 48-42-90
Ashley Anderson, Fargo, N.D. 46-44-90
Alyssa Olson, Discovery Bay, Calif. WD

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