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FF sophomore sensation to state

Published 10:07am Monday, June 11, 2012 Updated 10:12am Monday, June 11, 2012

Competitive, dynamic, and an all-around fun player to golf with.

The is the way Fergus Falls’ sophomore sensation, Keaton Lausch, has been described by his coaches, fellow players and members of his local golf course.

Lausch will look to bring his dynamic play to the course as he takes part in the Class AA state golf meet at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan Tuesday.

Lausch qualified for the state tournament shooting a one over par 72 and taking third at Longbow Golf Course in Walker June 4.

He was only two strokes back from the winner of the tournament.

Lausch’s season has been up and down, but the as the young golfer put it, he was just playing his best golf at the right time.

“I learned that I can’t try too hard to get things going. I need to play under control and play smart in order to do my best.”

When he does struggle, Lausch has total confidence in his coaches to help steer him in the right direction.

“I talked to Coach Jurgens and Coach Jyrkas when I was not playing up to par and they helped out on grooving my swing and really worked on my mental game.”

Lausch prepared for the state tournament by going to Jordan on Saturday. He plans to play the course a few times before Monday’s scheduled walkthrough of the course.

This was a game plan that was setup by both himself and Coach Jurgens to help familiarize Lausch with the course.

The course’s scouting report suggests that wind will be a factor in the tournament.This should not be an inconvenience for Lausch as he experiences wind-related troubles in practice on a daily basis.

“Keaton enjoys competition and he doesn’t shy away from it. Whether he plays great or average or poor, he enjoys the opportunity.” Jurgens added.

Coach Jurgens also stated the confidence that he has for Keaton down at the state meet.

““He has a 100 percent believe that he can go out and do his best. When he is on the golf course he is always optimistic.”

Lausch will need to pace himself as the 36 hole tournament will have ups and downs along the way.

“We always describe a round of golf as being like a marathon. Once he understands that he can go out there and do this, he will be fine.”

The Class AA tournament will begin at 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday with Lausch teeing off at 1:10 p.m.

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