Snyman takes it
South Africa product wins 2017 Northwest Am at -18
Going into championship Sunday, Bellville, South Africa’s Ian Snyman sat three shots back of leader and 2013 Northwest Amateur Tournament champion Trent Peterson. By the middle of the championship flight’s 36-hole day, Snyman slipped in front of Peterson by a stroke, and he was able grow that lead over the final 18 holes, finishing the tournament at 18-under par — two shots off of the record score of 20-under set by Ben Wollam in 2014.
“The competition was great. I was on my toes the whole tournament,” Snyman said. “Those last 36 holes there wasn’t a moment I felt comfortable. It’s good preparation for my next event, so I was glad I could come away with a win.”
Snyman will be spending next week in Los Angeles, California, playing in the U.S. Amateur Tournament.
“This is a little bit of a confidence boost (going into the U.S. Amateur), but I won’t let it get to my head. There are great golfers out there, so I just have to keep grinding,” Snyman said.
The soon-to-be junior at North Texas demonstrated his ability to keep himself in check throughout Sunday’s performance at Spencer Golf and Country Club.
“I was never comfortable, so I didn’t want to excite myself when I got a one shot lead or two shot lead. I just try to focus on every shot,” Snyman said. “I would say on 15 I started feeling a bit more comfortable, but I told myself the whole time, ‘Don’t relax now. Just stay focused.’ Then I kind of made a bad decision on 16 which cost me a bogey, but I managed to make a good putt for bogey, and I was able to get myself back in to the game.”
Snyman started the day 7-under, trailing Peterson, of Eagan, Minnesota, at 10-under, and Devon Johnson, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, who finished qualifying at 8-under.
The cut for the championship flight was made at 1-over par. Twenty-Two players started Sunday under par, but only eight managed to card red numbers by day’s end.
Peterson finished four shots back of Snyman after shooting an even par 72 during his final 18 holes. It was the only round he didn’t go under par.
Johnson placed third at 11-under while 2016 champion Justin Kraft ended the tournament at 8-under to tie JD Anderson for fourth.
Tom Vining (-7), Mitch Pfingsten (-5) and Parker Klitzke (-5) were the only other players under par at the conclusion of the tournament.
Michael Clark and Ezra Meyer were the only Spencer residents to qualify for the championship flight.
Clark entered Sunday tied for 14th at 1-under and finished the day tied for 23rd at 8-over. Meyer came in right on the cut line at 1-over and finished the tournament in 26th at 13-over par.
Snyman felt like he had a shot at winning it all before the tournament began, but the level of competition gave him a good push.
“To be honest, I came in to win, but the level of golf here was really good. It was a good challenge. I really like it,” Snyman said. “I loved every second of it, just the whole atmosphere and it being a small town. The whole tournament was great, meeting new people and meeting new friends. The golf course was in excellent condition. Everything was top notch.”
2017 NORTHWEST AMATEUR TOURNAMENT LEADERBOARD
SPENCER GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB — AUG. 3-6
|Player||Hometown||To Par||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Total|
|1. Ian Snyman||Bellville, South Africa||-18||70||67||64||69||270|
|2. Trent Peterson||Eagan, MN||-14||69||65||68||72||274|
|3. Devon Johnson||Eden Prairie, MN||-11||65||71||70||71||277|
|4. Justin Kraft||Lake View||-8||74||69||67||70||280|
|4. JD Anderson||Johnson||-8||71||69||70||70||280|
|6. Tom Vining||Sioux Falls, S.D.||-7||74||68||71||68||281|
|7. Mitch Pfingsten||Fairmont, MN||-5||71||71||70||71||283|
|7. Parker Klitzke||Sioux Falls, S.D.||-5||70||69||72||72||283|
|9. Logan Schweinefus||Ossian||E||73||70||73||72||288|
|10. Brett Benson||Odebolt||+1||75||67||72||75||289|
|11. Joe Fewer||Edina, MN||+2||67||76||68||79||290|
|11. Alex Shattuck||Sioux Falls, S.D.||+2||70||70||75||75||290|
|11. Jamie Quesnel||Lakeville, MN||+2||70||75||70||75||290|
|14. Jon Brown||Clive||+3||71||70||76||74||291|
|14. Nick Fear||Milford||+3||72||71||70||78||291|
|14. Philip Maschka||Omaha, NE||+3||75||70||71||75||291|
|17. Jon Burns||Brandon, S.D.||+4||70||73||71||78||292|
|18. Ryan Banwart||Ankeny||+5||75||70||77||71||293|
|18. Scott Hart||West Des Moines||+5||71||72||72||78||293|
|18. Zach Riddle||Carroll||+5||69||70||71||83||293|
|21. Cole Grandfield||Omaha, NE||+6||73||70||70||81||294|
|22. Joe Hunter||Altoona||+7||73||68||74||80||295|
|23. Myles Pfingsten||Fairmont, MN||+8||74||71||73||78||296|
|23. Michael Clark||Spencer||+8||74||69||76||77||296|
|25. Michael Arndorfer||Livermore||+10||66||76||79||77||298|
|26. Ezra Meyer||Spencer||+13||70||75||77||79||301|
|27. Terry Cook||West Des Moines||+15||72||73||80||78||303|