Jeff Kolpack, Published August 27 2012
Ryan Lenahan uses eagle putt to capture Bobcat North Dakota State Open
But the professional level has treated him different. And on Sunday, Lenahan notched his fourth career victory on the Dakotas Tour. He carded a 4-under 67 to win by two shots over Matt Pridey in the Bobcat North Dakota State Open at the Fargo Country Club.
“I didn’t have the greatest career at Nebraska,” Lenahan said, “but as a professional, I’ve worked really hard. It was hard in college to focus solely on golf.”
Fargo’s Dave Schultz and Andre Metzger from Sioux Falls, S.D., finished fourth. They were bumped up one spot after Brock Mulder – who was in a heated battle with Lenahan on the back nine holes – was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Mulder forfeited the fourth-place prize of $3,500. Lenahan, meanwhile, won $10,000 and will get his PGA qualifying school fee of $4,500 paid by Bobcat.
He started the day four shots off of leader Ryan Peterson. But Peterson struggled – he four-putted a green early in his round – and finished with a 78.
Essentially, the tourney came down to Lenahan, Mulder and Pridey.
Mulder had two hiccups, including three-putting from 15 feet on the par-3 15th and losing his ball on his drive on No. 18.
“It was fun, I always like being in contention,” said Mulder, who made his comments before the DQ was announced. “I made some really good swings out there today, but I let one get away on 15.”
Lenahan, playing one group ahead of Mulder, was watching Mulder putt while standing on the No. 16 tee box. He said it was also one of the few times he was scoreboard watching.
“I wanted to see what was going on,” he said. “Maybe I would have altered my game at that point. But I’ll be honest, when I got up, I wasn’t thinking of winning today. That didn’t start until the eagle on No. 11.”
His eagle 3 on the par-5 hole tied him for the lead. He was steady from there, and he did it playing with one of his best friends, former Bobcat champion and former teammate at Nebraska in Brady Schnell.
Asked what his college highlight was, the 28-year-old Lenahan had a tough time thinking of one.
“Good question,” he said. “It was a team effort so probably the first year we went to regionals. As a team, that meant a lot.”
As an individual, the Bobcat title meant a lot.
“When you win, that means you’re doing something right,” he said. “It’s at the end of the summer and hopefully this will build momentum toward Q-school.”
Ryan Lenahan 67-205
Matt Pridey 68-207
Dave Schultz 69-210
Andre Metzger 70-210
Donald Constable 73-211
Ian Hessels 75-211
Anthony Brunero 72-212
Brady Schnell 74-212
Ryan Peterson 78-212
Patrick Strandemo 72-213
Thomas Campbell 71-213
Tim Frazer 70-213
Cam White 73-214
Tim Kunick 73-214
Tim Ailes 74-214
Mike Berg 72215
Jeff Sorenson 74-215
Matt Hughes 77-216
Brandon Crick 76-219
Doug Ferris 80-221
Kris Kroetsch 82-225
(top 10 finishers)
Bill Carlson, 211. Tyler Lowenstein, Nathan Anderson, 220. Amy Anderson, Randy Johnson 222. Robert Bell, Jon Trasamar, 224. Topher Baron, Kane Hanson, 226. Perry Piatz, Will Hickey, Dan Lensing, 227.
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