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Jacobson 3rd heading into final round of MGA Amateur Championship

MEDINA — Andy Jacobson of Willmar is in third place — just two shots off the lead — after rounds of 69 and 73 at the 110th Minnesota Golf Association Amateur Championship.

The 54-hole tournament concludes today at the Medina Golf and Country Club playing at a length of 7,257 yards.

Jacobson, coming off his victory at the Lakeland Tournament on his home course at Eagle Creek, was tied for first after Monday’s opening round with Ben Welle of Moorhead, each at 3-under.

Welle is one shot ahead of Jacobson and Sam Matthew, a NCAA Division I golfer for University of South Dakota from Roseville, is in front at 140 with a pair of 2-under 70s.

Jacobson told MGA reporter Nick Hunter Monday that “I played solid golf — I’ll take a 69 all day long. A little bit of everything was working for me today. I putted well and tried to play smart.”

The MGA’s premier event has a field 156 golfers. Jacobson, winner of the 2012 MGA Players’ Championship at Windsong, played the first round with Genki Hirayama, who won the MGA Players’ Championship in June, and also Troy Johnson, who won the MGA Mid-Players’ Championship last month.

Jacobson shot nines of 34-35 Monday playing with the elite group. On Tuesday, with the mercury again pushing 90, he shot 35-38.

Last year Jacobson tied for fifth shooting a 5-over 217 at the Hastings Country Club.