By Leah Herzog
DULUTH, Minn. – A hole out eagle on no. 2, at Northland Country Club, set the tone for Andrew Israelson’s first round of even-par 71 at the 2023 National Car Rental Minnesota Assistant PGA Championship.
After Israelson’s hot start, he caught a rough stretch of being 6-over par in his last three holes when he closed out his first round to put him two shots back from the leaders, Matthew Sandquist and Lucas Johnson after 18-holes.
There was a weather delay between rounds which caused round 2 to be pushed to 9-holes. The tournament then turned into a 27-hole event.
Again, Israelson had a hot start in the next round with birdies on his first 4 holes in a row. He proceeded to par the next 4 holes and made a 25 footer for eagle on his 27th hole to secure the win by one shot over Lucas Johnson.
Israelson competed in eleven events this season. This was his third win of the season with six other top three finishes this season.
Israelson, from Minneapolis Golf Club, has earned over $9,000 in his efforts this season.
The players that will advance to the 2023 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship on November 16-19 at PGA Golf Club Wanamaker Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida are Matthew Sandquist, Austin Meissner, Dominic Scopone, and Andy Smith.
THE 2023 NATIONAL CAR RENTAL MINNESOTA ASSISTANT PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHLAND COUNTRY CLUB
6,866 YARDS, PAR 71
MONDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Andrew Israelson, Minneapolis Golf Club, 71-30–101
2. Lucas Johnson, Suite Shots, 69-33–102
3. Matthew Sandquist, Edina Country Club, 69-37–106
4. Jake Wherley, Perham Lakeside Golf Club, 72-35–107
5. Trey Fessler, Albion Ridges Golf Club, 73-35–108
T6. Austin Meissner, Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 74-35–109
T6. Dominic Scopone, Spring Hill Golf Club, 74-35–109
T8. Brady Swedberg, Geneva Golf Club, 74-36–110
T8. Mac Saby, Island View Golf Club, 75-35–110
T10. Wes Buntenbach, Medina Golf & Country Club, 73-38–111
T10. Andy Smith, Hazeltine National Golf Club, 73-38–111
For complete tournament results go to: https://mnpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mnpga23/event/mnpga2322/contest/5/leaderboard.htm