By Leah Herzog
ST. MICHAEL, Minn. – After the first round of the 2023 Minnesota Golf Champions at Fox Hollow Golf Club, Andrew Israelson is at the top with a 7-under par 65.
On Saturday, September 30,2023, Israelson got off to a steady start with 3 birdies and an eagle on his first 9 which put him at 4-under par. He was toward the top the entire round and was a co-leader for the first time after his eagle on hole 5.
Israelson continued to be an on and off co-leader throughout his round until he eventually secured the sole lead at 7-under par after his birdie on hole 16.
He then made routine pars on holes 17 and 18 to shoot a 7-under par 65.
“I drove it really nicely and was in great position the whole day,” Israelson said at the conclusion of his round.
Israelson had a steady round with only 1 bogey on his card. “I putted solid,” Israelson said, “But mostly because I gave myself a lot of really nice looks with my wedge game.”
Following Israelson, Jeff Sorenson made a 6-foot birdie putt on his last hole to finish at a 6-under par 67. He positioned himself in 2nd place and just 1-shot back from the lead.
“I had a few up and downs I had to make on my first 9, and I did.” Sorenson mentioned after his first round.
There are also 7 players at T-3 shooting 5-under par 67s, one of which is the defending champion, Chris Borgen.
The leaderboard is congested at the top with multiple underpar rounds.
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THE 2023 MINNESOTA GOLF CHAMPIONS
FOX HOLLOW GOLF CLUB
6,728 YARDS, PAR 72
SATURDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Andrew Israelson (p), Minneapolis Golf Club, 32-33–65
2. Jeff Sorenson (p), The Minikahda Club, 34-32–66
T3. Alex Gaugert (p), PGA Tour, 33-34–67
T3. Trey Fessler (p), Albion Ridges Golf Course, 35-32–67
T3. Thomas Campbell (p), Swing Lab Performance, 32-35–67
T3. Brent Snyder (p), Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, 34-33–67
T3. Jonathan Reigstad (p), Keller Golf Course, 34-33–67
T3. Chris Borgen (p), Lost Spur Golf Course, 35-32–67
T3. Trent Peterson, Valleywood Golf Course, 34-33–67
Click here for full Round 1 results: https://mnpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mnpga23/event/mnpga2394/contest/5/leaderboard.htm