Snyman takes it

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Ian Snyman, of Bellville, South Africa, swings out of a fairway bunker on the 12th hole at SGCC Sunday during the final round of the 2017 Northwest Am. Snyman carded a four round score of 18-under par to win the tournament by four strokes. (Photos by Nate Shaughnessy)

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.”

Trent Peterson, of Eagan, Minnesota, shows some frustration after his putt slipped to the right of the hole. Peterson ended the tournament at 14-under to place second.

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.

Last year’s Northwest Am champion Justin Kraft takes a hand off his club after a mishit drive put him in the trees on the left side of the 11th hole. Kraft finished the tournament tied for fourth at 8-under.

“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.

Devon Johnson, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, wedges out of the sand on the par three 13th hole. Johnson took third in the tournament with a score of 11-under.

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

PlayerHometownTo ParRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
1. Ian SnymanBellville, South Africa-1870676469270
2. Trent PetersonEagan, MN-1469656872274
3. Devon JohnsonEden Prairie, MN-1165717071277
4. Justin KraftLake View-874696770280
4. JD AndersonJohnson-871697070280
6. Tom ViningSioux Falls, S.D.-774687168281
7. Mitch PfingstenFairmont, MN-571717071283
7. Parker KlitzkeSioux Falls, S.D.-570697272283
9. Logan SchweinefusOssianE73707372288
10. Brett BensonOdebolt+175677275289
11. Joe FewerEdina, MN+267766879290
11. Alex ShattuckSioux Falls, S.D.+270707575290
11. Jamie QuesnelLakeville, MN+270757075290
14. Jon BrownClive+371707674291
14. Nick FearMilford+372717078291
14. Philip MaschkaOmaha, NE+375707175291
17. Jon BurnsBrandon, S.D.+470737178292
18. Ryan BanwartAnkeny+575707771293
18. Scott HartWest Des Moines+571727278293
18. Zach RiddleCarroll+569707183293
21. Cole GrandfieldOmaha, NE+673707081294
22. Joe HunterAltoona+773687480295
23. Myles PfingstenFairmont, MN+874717378296
23. Michael ClarkSpencer+874697677296
25. Michael ArndorferLivermore+1066767977298
26. Ezra MeyerSpencer+1370757779301
27. Terry CookWest Des Moines+1572738078303
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