The heat was on at Day One of the Minnesota State Open at Rush Creek Golf Club – both from the unrelenting sun and amateur Brady Madsen.
Finishing 7-under with a 3-stroke lead, the Winona State Junior put pressure on the 156-player field. With a heat index peaking over 112 degrees Fahrenheit, course conditions were tough.
“They were scoreable,” said Madsen. “[If] you hit a lot of solid iron shots, hit some greens, you can make a lot of putts out here, and granted, it was a good score, and [I] made some putts which helped.”
The morning tee time players faced less extreme heat and sun, but none came close to Madsen’s 7-under-par finish.
In a six-way tie for second at 4-under are PGA Professionals Matt Rachey, Jeff Sorenson, Eric Rolland, Brian Hills, Timothy Brovold and amateur Van Holmgren.
Today’s heat is predicted to turn into low 70s and a chance of rain tomorrow for Day Two. Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. off Holes 1 and 10 and will be the same pairings as Day One.
The Minnesota State Open is presented by Grandview Lodge and is supported by Parway Golf and Sterling Cut Glass.
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