Boys golf: Miller competes for Minnesota in border battle
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.
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
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
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