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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Sanders finishes 51st in pro debut

  • Jake Sanders shot +10 at the Dakotas Tour's The Bluffs South Dakota Open.
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  • Crookston native Jake Sanders made his professional golf debut this past weekend on the Dakotas Tour and finished 51st at The Bluffs South Dakota Open in Vermillion, S.D.
    At the par-72 course Sanders shot an opening round 74 and posted a pair of 76s on Saturday and Sunday to finish at +10 for tournament. The winner was Brandon Crick with a score of -9.
    On Sanders' Facebook fan club page, Sandies Dandies, he noted he birdied his first hole as a professional golfer.
    "Hit the ball pretty well but struggled putting," he said. "But hey, I birdied my very first hole as a pro. So I've got that going for me, which is nice."
    Sanders was pleased to make the cut after the second round.
    "Another struggle on the greens today," he said. "Wind was surprisingly blowing faster today than yesterday, which made for another difficult day. On the plus side, I made the cut and am looking forward to trying to battle back tomorrow!"
    Sanders said his first tournament as a professional is something he can build on.
    Next up for Sanders is the Bakker Crossing Charity Pro-Am in Sioux Falls, S.D. on July 6-8.

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