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Glenn Pursley, Published August 24 2013

Defending champion met future wife at last year's Bobcat Open

FARGO – Sticking around a little longer on the putting green last year at the Bobcat North Dakota Open landed Ryan Lenahan a tournament title and a future wife. This year he’ll settle for just the title.

Lenahan shot a 76 in the second round of the Bobcat Open on Saturday, but regardless of how well he finishes the Fargo Country Club will always be a cherished place for him.

Exactly one year ago Lenahan met his fiancee, Amy, at the FCC and that same year won the Bobcat Open title.

“It’s cool that I met my future wife here and won in the same year,” Lenahan said. “It’s just crazy how it happened. It was kind of a meant-to-be scenario.”

After the completion of the second round of last year’s tournament Lenahan was unhappy with his short game and decided to spend a little extra time on the putting green. When he was content, he packed his things up and went inside where he met the women who would eventually be his wife.

“I was putting and I went inside that’s when I met Amy and we went for dinner and a few months later we were engaged,” Lenahan said. “We talked about it many times. I mean, I putted for quite a while and I could have easily gone back to where I was staying and came back later, but for some reason I stayed. And if I hadn’t stayed I wouldn’t have met her. It’s just crazy how it works.”

The couple currently lives in Charlotte, N.C., but Amy was able to work around her hectic schedule to make the trip to Fargo to cheer on her fiancee. And she had to admit, the moment she walked back into the room were the two had met, she got had a warm feeling.

“The first time we walked into the club house, we walked into the room that we met and just kind of had a little moment, reminisced a little bit,” said Amy. “I was able to arrange work to at least be here for the tournament. My parents are from around here so it’s really cool to be back.”

Lenahan’s 76 on Saturday gave him a 146 two-day total heading into the final day of the tournament. He is currently in 22nd place. He birdied the 5th, 16th and 18th hole, but shot double bogey on Nos. 3 and 12 to finish 4-over par.

He trails Andre Metzger – the current leader – by seven strokes. On Friday, Lenahan finished 2-under par with four birdies and two bogeys.

“I really have my work cut out for me tomorrow. I have to shoot really low just to have a chance,” Lenahan said. “I needed things to go my way and get some good bounces here and there, but it was sort of the opposite. It would be nice to win again, but we just got to see what happens.”

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