Mobridge wins Ryder Cup
By Jay Davis
The day was cloudy and drizzly in the morning, but the Mobridge golfers played like the sun was shining all day in dominating Lemmon and Hettinger, N.D., in the annual three-team Ryder Cup at Oahe Hills Golf Course on Saturday.
The Mobridge team racked up 357 points during three rounds of competition. Hettinger was a distant second with 272.5 points. Lemmon pulled up in third in 234.5 points.
“Overall it was a great team effort,” said captain Rick Bolduan. “Happy to have the cup here for another year.”
The Mobridge Ryder Cup team was Bolduan, Shannon Dale, Stuart Schlomer, Dick Deacon, Travis Svihovec, Corey Fiedler, Levi Duncan, Roger Hoffman, Charlie Peacock, John Villbrandt, Mike Keller, Doug Nelson, Jason Aman, Mel Brewer, Ryan Hoffman and Jerome Greger.
Mobridge jumped out early in better ball format, scoring 92 points. Hettinger scored 71.5 and Lemmon 52.5. Deacon and Villbrandt scored 15 points, while Bolduan and Schlomer scored 14.5 and Fiedler and Keller scored 13. Twenty-seven points were up for grabs in each round.
The locals gave back just a half a point in alternate shot, scoring 91.5. Keller and Aman led the way with a tournament best 15.5-point round. Bolduan and Deacon scored 14.5 points. Schlomer and Svihovec scored 12.5. Hettinger scored 66.5 and Lemmon 58 in the second round.
The 16 Mobridge golfers wrapped things up by tallying 173.5 points in singles play, putting more distance in the gap as Hettinger scored 134.5 and Lemmon 124.
“It was a great day except for the weather half the day,” said Bolduan. “But everyone played through it and when the sun came out, we got the green speed we wanted early in the day. Our team stepped up and we won every round, and we won nine of 16 singles matches!”
Top scorers in singles matches were Deacon with 15 points, Nelson with 14.5 points, Aman with 14 points and Svihovec with 13 points.
This is the second year in a row the Bridge City crew has claimed the title. They won last year in Lemmon. Next year’s Ryder Cup will be played in Hettinger. The home team won the cup the last time it was played on North Dakota soil.