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Golf: Jacobson selected to play on MGA team in N.J. tournament

EDINA - Amateur golfers Andy Jacobson, Matt Schneider, and Jesse Larson were selected to represent Minnesota at the 10th USGA Men's State Team Championship, Sept. 19-21 at the Galloway National Golf Club, Galloway, N.J., the MGA office announced Thursday.

Players are selected based primarily on their performance over the 2011-12 golf seasons. A select committee of the leadership of allied player organizations, including the men and women's amateur golf associations, met recently to select the team roster.

Jacobson, 33, of Willmar, has earned 385 player points, thanks to a win at the MGA Player's Championship, a high finish at this year's MGA Amateur Championship (T5th), for reaching the semi-finals at the MGA Mid-Players' and for a runner-up finish at the Lakeland Invitational at his home course of Eagle Creek.

Schneider, 24, of Cohasset, secured his spot on this year's team thanks, in part, to his 415 player points and his tie for second place at the MGA Amateur Championship. He also was a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Public Links, finished in 6th at the Minnesota State Open, and reached the round of 16 at the MGA Players' Championship.

Larson, 37, of Shakopee, has collected 220 player points so far this season, thanks to reaching the final match at the Mid-Players' Championship (before losing to Sammy Schmitz), a strong finish at the MGA Amateur Championship (T5th) and for reaching the round of 32 at the MGA Players'.

"We're excited about the teams' collective competitive experience and believe they'll be great representatives of Minnesota golf," said Rick Soskin, past president of the MGA. Earlier this summer, Soskin, 56, of Minnetonka, Minn., was selected to captain the 2012 Minnesota's men's state team.

The USGA State Team Championship, a biennial event in which each state is represented by non-collegiate, amateur golfers, grew out of the USGA's Centennial celebration in 1995. The men's and women's state team championships are held in even- and odd-numbered years, respectively. Team scores are based on the best two-of-three stroke-play scores from each day.

Minnesota enjoys a distinguished history with the relatively new USGA championship, with the men's team having won twice and finishing tied for second over a five-year run (1997-2001).