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A few days after putting the finishing touches on his prep golf career at Park High School, 2010 graduate Jake Miller competed in the prestigious Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup tournament on Sunday, June 20, and Monday, June 21, at Eau Claire Golf and Country Club in Eau Claire, Wis.

Boys golf: Miller competes for Minnesota in border battle

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A few days after putting the finishing touches on his prep golf career at Park High School, 2010 graduate Jake Miller competed in the prestigious Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup tournament on Sunday, June 20, and Monday, June 21, at Eau Claire Golf and Country Club in Eau Claire, Wis.

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The Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup tournament is a border-battle event where 24 of the top junior golfers from Minnesota square off against 24 of the top junior golfers from Wisconsin. Each team consists of 12 boys and 12 girls ranging from 13 to 19 years of age. The two-day event uses a Ryder Cup team format. Day No. 1 is a four-ball, match-play competition and day No. 2 is an individual head-to-head match play competition. The team with the most overall points will win the 2010 Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup.

Miller said it was a serious event, but that he had a lot of fun playing with the best 48 players in the two states.

"I took it kind of as a treat to play in this tournament," Miller said. "That course is really, really nice. It's a real treat to play that course. I just had fun talking with and playing with all my friends from all the different teams."

At this year's tournament, Miller teamed up with Bloomington's Nick Nielsen on the first day to beat Wisconsin's Daniel Ozga and Kyle Henning 2&1 in the four-ball match as Minnesota won 7-5 overall.

However, on the second day, Miller lost to Eau Claire's David Walter 5&3 in the head-to-head matches as Wisconsin won 14-10 and took the Cup with a 17-15 overall win.

"I was two-up through nine holes, but bogied the next seven holes," Miller said. "But, it was still pretty fun though."

This past season -- his sixth on Park's varsity team -- Miller earned All-Conference honors for a third-straight year, was the Section 3AAA individual champion and took 32nd at the Class 3A Boys Golf State Tournament for a second-straight year.

After state, Miller said he was trying not to think about his high school career being over. He said playing in the Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup tournament helped him do that.

"It definitely helped me move on," said Miller, who has committed to play golf next year for Iowa Lakes Community College. "I'll be getting pretty busy here pretty soon. I'll be playing in the Minnesota Junior PGA and in the MGA and USGA tournaments. I'll be playing all sorts of golf."

Minnesota/Wisconsin PGA Junior cup tournament

Team Minnesota

BOYS

Dylan Baker - Eden Prairie

Dan Bidle - Virginia

Colton Buege - Rogers

McCabe Buege - Rogers

Hudson Carpenter - Stillwater

Jack Holmgren - Corcoran

Max Kelly - Forest Lake

Jake Miller - Cottage Grove

Nick Nielsen - Bloomington

Myles Pfingsten - Fairmont

Max Tylke - Rosemount

Austin Wilson - Eden Prairie

GIRLS

Sarah Burnham - Maple Grove

Alyssa Kalthoff - Albany

Betsy Kelly - Forest Lake

Anna Laorr - Eden Prairie

Maggie Leland - Alexandria

McKenzie Neisen - New Prague

Steffi Neisen - New Prague

Jordan Price - Byron

Sarah Roering - Glenwood

Liz Strom - Fargo, ND

Mary Sweeney - Woodbury

Taylor Wells - Rochester

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