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Amateur Andrew McCain Claims 2015 Minnesota State Open Title

July 29, 2015

Andrew McCain of Dellwood CC became the second amateur in as many years to win the 2015 Minnesota State Open Championship presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino this past weekend at Mendakota Country Club. McCain was not in the lead after either the first or second round of the tournament, but it did not take long for him to capitalize on a few errors made by his opponent Clayton Rask of Riverwood National GC in the final round. The final pairing included McCain, Rask, and Jeff Sorenson of The Minikahda Club. Rask, who began the day two and three strokes ahead of McCain and Sorenson at 10-under, had an early meltdown bogeying four of his first six holes and opened the door for McCain and Sorenson.

McCain was the one who capitalized by birdieing the par 3, fourth hole while Sorenson sunk out of contention with two bogeys right out of the gate. McCain’s birdie gave him a two stroke lead when Rask’s second consecutive par putt lipped out. He carried that momentum all the way into the turn where he held a three shot lead over Rask.

“You can make some birdies in bunches on this course, I wanted to be patient and let the round come to me,” said McCain. He stuck to the game plan and was the only player in the final pairing to shoot under par on the front nine, playing bogey-free golf. McCain emphasized the importance of a great start, “Clayton made a few mistakes early on, and I made a huge birdie on Hole #4 that gave me some cushion.”

McCain’s good fortune continued to start the back nine as he chipped in for eagle on the par 5, twelfth hole. Even he was surprised at his luck, “it was not a shot I expected to go in, I had a perfect lie and wanted to put it close for an easy birdie putt. Having that chip go in was definitely pretty helpful at that point in the round.” But Rask was not done just quite yet, he started a charge that began with two birdies on Holes 10 and 12.

As the temperature continued to rise on the hot and humid final round, so did the pressure on McCain. With a Rask birdie on Hole 13 followed shortly by back-to-back bogeys by McCain on Holes 14 and 15, the two were all square heading into the final three holes. Both sent their tee shots on 16 into the trees, but each player recovered nicely with their approach shots making the green. The amateur took the upper hand making his birdie putt while Rask managed par, giving McCain a one shot lead walking to the Hole 17 tee.

After they both parred Hole 17, both were on the 18th green in two shots putting for birdie. McCain had a crack at claiming the championship, but his putt grazed over the cup leaving him a tap in for par. The pressure shifted to Rask who had a ten footer for birdie and to extend the match into a sudden death playoff. Unfortunately, his putt rolled over the left edge and McCain captured the title.

Congrats to Andrew McCain and a special thanks to the host course Mendakota Country Club as well as our sponsors Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Aspire Beverages, Ecco Footwear, and Sterling Cut Glass!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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