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Deutsch makes slight climb

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rochester's Eric Deutsch has climbed the leaderboard slightly, but he may have too much ground to make up in just 18 holes.

Deutsch rebounded from a 4-over-par 76 on Monday to fire an even-par 72 Tuesday in the second round of the Minnesota Golf Association state amateur championship at the Minikahda Club.

Deutsch, the defending champion, is tied for eighth place with Brad Bauer of Windsong Farm. They are five shots behind co-leaders Kane Hanson and Joe Stansberry entering today's final round. Hanson, who plays out of Detroit Country Club, won this event in 2003.

Deutsch was 2-under for the round through 12 holes, but a bogey on No. 13 and another on No. 16 dropped him back to even for the day and 4-over for the championship.

He was scheduled to tee off today in the third-to-last threesome, at 11:10 a.m., with Bauer and Andrew Paulson of Oak Glen Golf Course.

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Rochester's Greg Peterson is in a 12-way tie for 39th place after shooting an 80 on Tuesday for a two-round total of 156, putting him 13 shots behind the leaders.

Peterson, who made the cut by two shots, was scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. today.

Lake City's Andy Huettl missed the cut by one after following his Monday 82 with a 77 Tuesday.

Austin's Greg Denisen shot an 81 Tuesday to miss the cut by seven strokes. Eric Miller of Rochester also missed the cut after shooting an opening-round 96, followed by an 86 Tuesday.

Rochester native Russ Higgins, now of Chaska, shot an 87 Tuesday for a 172 total.

Complete first- and second-round results, as well as real-time scoring of today's final round, may be found on the MGA web site at www.mngolf.org.

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