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East Grand Forks golfer ready for another state appearance

Nate Deziel feels he has something to prove. The East Grand Forks Senior High golfer has qualified for the Minnesota Class AA boys state tournament for the third consecutive season. As a freshman, Deziel tied for 11th at state. Last season, he dr...

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Nate Deziel feels he has something to prove.

The East Grand Forks Senior High golfer has qualified for the Minnesota Class AA boys state tournament for the third consecutive season. As a freshman, Deziel tied for 11th at state. Last season, he dropped into a tie for 55th.

"I didn't play very well,'' the junior said. "I want to prove down there that I do know how to shoot well.''

The Class AA state meet will be held today and Wednesday at Jordan. Deziel has been on a roll, shooting sub-80 scores in each of his last 12 rounds in meets. He was medalist five times and co-medalist once in that streak, with his scores ranging from 71 (three times) to 78.

"That's not typical,'' said Jay Frydenlund, in his 24th season as the Wave head boys golf coach. "He's one of the most consistent golfers I've ever coached.

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"Plain and simple, Nate has had an outstanding season. Outstanding. He's been playing good golf so consistently. His poorest golf recently was probably in our section meet (rounds of 77 and 78), because he was putting so much pressure on himself. He wanted to get back to state so bad.''

Deziel says he is a better golfer than in his previous two trips to the state meet. His numbers indicate it.

He had a 77.3 season average as a freshman and a 78.7 average as a junior. This season, that's down to 75.57 overall and 74.25 in his last 12 meets.

"Nate's a longer hitter,'' Frydenlund said. "He's more consistent. And mentally he's tougher. He expects to shoot par every time out. He doesn't let a bad hole get him down. That's not easy to do.''

Deziel is the first three-time state qualifier Frydenlund has coached at Senior High. The junior isn't predicting scores or place at state. He simply talks of consistently hitting fairways and greens and having the putter work.

"I want to play my game,'' Deziel said. "If I can do that, I think I have a good chance of competing with the top players.''

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