Minnesota (MGA) Mid-Amateur Championship
21 Sep 2005
see also: Minnesota Mid-Amateur Championship, Willingers Golf Club


EDINA, MN (September 21, 2005) -- Josh Blackman found himself in unfamiliar territory on Wednesday morning on the first tee at Rochester Golf & Country Club – he was leading an MGA championship by one stroke heading into the final round.

And for the first 10 holes, it seemed the Mankato native’s nerves may have gotten the best of him as he lost three strokes to first-round leader William Forbrook of Mendakota Country Club (70-72-77—219) and suddenly found himself two strokes back on the 11th tee.

But Blackman’s dramatic back nine, punctuated by a tap-in birdie on the par-4 15th paved the way for him to claim the 18th annual Minnesota Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship – his first MGA title.

"I made a couple putts when I needed to today," said Blackman. "After I got the lead back I wasn’t going to give it away to anybody."

For Blackman, his first MGA title means much more than just a name on a trophy – it also means he automatically qualifies for a slew of MGA events in 2006.

"I’ve always felt like I’ve been close and that I could win," said Blackman. "I finally played well enough to win. So now having been in that position and knowing that I can win will help me immensely next year."

On a day when no player broke par at the 6,469-yard Rochester Golf & Country Club, a few players shot one-over-par including: 2003 Mid-Am champ James Lehman of Windsong Farm Golf Club (75-74-71—220), who finished tied for third; and 2005 MGA Amateur champ Joe Stansberry of Hiawatha Golf Club (72-81-71—224) who finished tied for eighth.

Meanwhile, defending champion, John Spreiter of Litchfield Golf Club (73-75-74—222) never got close enough to make a significant run shooting four-over-par and finishing five back of Blackman in sixth.

Final results – Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Rochester Golf & Country Club, Rochester, Minn., 6,469 yards, par 70

Josh Blackman, Mankato Golf Club, 72-69-76--217 William Forbrook, Mendakota Country Club, 70-72-77--219 Jon Empanger, Island View Golf Club, 74-75-71--220 James Lehman, Windsong Farm, 75-74-71--220 Scott Ainsworth, Minneapolis Golf Club, 72-74-75--221 John Spreiter, Litchfield Golf Club, 73-75-74--222 Leif Carlson, Hastings Country Club, 75-76-72--223 Gregory Peterson, Rochester G&CC, 72-74-78--224 Joe Stansberry, Hiawatha Golf Club, 72-81-71--224 Bill Anderson, Bent Creek Golf Club, 73-74-77--224 Steve Chesley, Dellwood Hills Golf Club, 72-76-76--224 Gary Lawson, TPC - Twin Cities, 74-77-74--225 Jerry Gruidl, Golden Valley G&CC, 73-77-75--225 John Anderson, Bunker Hills Golf Club, 74-75-76--225 Chris Catron, University Golf Club, 78-75-73--226 Chad Hartman, Oak Ridge Country Club, 74-75-77--226 Todd Sinjem, Edinburgh USA, 78-71-78--227 John Wiederholt, Hastings Country Club, 77-74-76--227 Michael Larson, Rochester G&CC, 76-73-78--227 Tim Kelley, Minneapolis Golf Club, 77-75-76--228 Tom Whaley, Minneapolis Golf Club, 73-76-79--228 Reed Kolquist, Lester Park Golf Course, 71-80-77--228 David Petric, Rochester G&CC, 75-76-78--229 Timothy Gordon, Rush Creek Golf Club, 76-75-78--229 Mick Hockinson, Albert Lea Country Club, 76-76-77--229 Tony Brown, Wayzata Country Club, 74-76-79--229 Don Howe, Olympic Hills Golf Club, 74-80-75--229 David Steingart, Edina Country Club, 77-78-75--230 David Kokesh, Hillcrest Golf Club, 74-81-76--231 Bill Tadewald, Bunker Hills Golf Club, 75-74-82--231 Mitch Thornell, Valleywood Golf Course, 71-80-81--232 Trevor Nelko, Windsong Farm, 78-79-75--232 Jeff Pint, New Prague Golf Club, 77-78-78--233 Jon Montei, Madden's On Gull Lake, 73-80-80--233 Michael Smith, Redwood Falls Golf Club, 77-78-78--233 Mark Sperling, The Legends Club, 80-76-77--233 Robert Griesgraber, Indian Hills Golf Club, 79-75-79--233 John Sexton, Valleywood Golf Course, 79-71-83--233 John Christopherson, Hastings Country Club, 76-75-83--234 David Rehfeldt, StoneRidge Golf Club, 80-76-78--234 Tom Ryan, Hazeltine National GC, 78-74-83--235 Larry Keithahn, Mendakota Country Club, 76-79-80--235 Tim Holland, Owatonna Country Club, 78-78-79--235 Tim Peterson, Forest Hills Golf Club, 78-79-78--235 Brandon Swensen, Pioneer Creek Golf Course, 80-76-79--235 Dave Pilot, Windsong Farm, 79-77-80--236 Mike Wanless, Keller Golf Club, 78-77-81--236 Jim Turner, Ridges at Sand Creek, 77-78-81--236 Michael Dolan, Town & Country Club, 80-77-80--237 John Scanlon, Dellwood Hills Golf Club, 80-74-83--237 Kyle Berger, Island View Golf Club, 80-77-81--238 Keith Erickson, River Oaks Golf Course, 77-77-85--239 Jim Curtis, Owatonna Country Club, 79-78-82--239 James Fazzone, Sawmill Golf Club, 76-81-82--239 Dan Geske, Braemar Golf Course, 78-78-85--241 Carl Horsch, Brackett's Crossing CC, 78-79-85--242 Jeff Silus, Chaska Town Course, 80-77-89--246 Bill Perpich, Sawmill Golf Club, 80-77-90--247 Robert Patrick, Rush Creek Golf Club, 76-76-WD--WD Barry Pogatchnik, Willingers Golf Club, 74-79-WD--WD

ABOUT THE Minnesota Mid-Amateur

In 1988, the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship was introduced at Edina Country Club. It is similar to the Amateur except participants must be 30 years or older and have a handicap index of 6.4 or lower. The low 54-hole score determines the winner. It is one of the most popular events, aside from the Amateur, as 264 players start the championship with aspirations of the title.

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