Ross Miller used a back nine 3-under 33 to win the 2018 Minnesota Golf Champions presented by Clarity Sound, Design & Vision at Golden Valley Country Club. Miller shot a 7-under 212 three-day total to hold off Donald Constable and Sam Matthew by two shots.This win is Miller’s second major victory this season with the first coming at the Tapemark in June.
“I spoke with Clayton Rask last night before the final round today, and we talked about not worrying about what my competition was doing and to focus on myself,” said Miller. “I know what Constable is capable of, but I couldn’t focus on that. I think it really helped talking to him.”
Miller led wire-to-wire and saved his best round for the final day posting a 4-under 69 including four birdies on the last nine to claim the title.
“The big thing for me today was to be smart and patient out there. I let the shots come to me,” Miller emphasized. “I drove it really well all weekend and hit some great wedge shots.”
Miller adds the Golf Champions to his already impressive resume which also includes a victory at the Tapemark and a runner-up (low professional honors) at the State Open.
“When you look at the names of the past champions, there are so many great players that I’ve looked up to and admired,” he said. “It feels cool to view myself in that same tier as those guys. It’s humbling.”
Caleb VanArragon, a senior at Blaine High School and Valpariso commit, was the low amateur with a final round 4-under 69 and 4-under three-day total.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” said VanArragon. “It does a lot for my confidence going forward. It’s an honor.”