Hettinger claims Dakota Ryder Cup
By Jay Davis
The annual Dakota Ryder Cup was held in Hettinger, N.D., on Saturday with golfers from Mobridge, Lemmon and host Hettinger.
The seventh annual event started with better ball. Mobridge took a two-point lead over Hettinger and an 11.5 lead over Lemmon in the round. Stuart Schlomer and Jerome Greger led the way with a 30 to garner 15 of a possible 18 points.
Hettinger took over during the alternate shot round. When the second round was complete, Hettinger led Mobridge by three points and Lemmon by 20 points. Rob Warbis and Jeremy Fordahl led Hettinger with 12.5 points. Schlomer and Travis Svihovec had a 13-point match for Mobridge. Brett Odenbach and Mel Frank led Lemmon with 12 points.
In the afternoon 16 matches of singles were played. Singles play accounts for half of the overall points. Golfers are ranked one through 16 by their captains, pitting the top golfers against each other. Hettinger took advantage of the home course to seal the win. The home team was led by Dirk Mack who carded a two-under and scored 12.5 points and Greg Jensen and Eric Honeyman scoring 13 points each. Spencer Merkel shot the low round for Mobridge with an even par 36. He scored 10.5 points. High point scorers were Roger Hoffman and Rick Bolduan with 11.5 points each. Greg Erlacher led Lemmon with 12 points.
When the points were all tallied, Hettinger finished with 312 points to take the cup from defending champion Mobridge. The Bridge Crew finished with 292 points. Lemmon scored 260.
The 2015 Dakota Ryder Cup will be played at Lemmon Country Club.