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Snyder and Berry Compete Against the Best on the National Stage

August 28, 2015

Brent Snyder of Troy Burne GC and Don Berry of Edinburgh USA continue to dominate and flourish as two of the elite golfers within the Minnesota Section; but as of late, they have taken their play to a whole new level. They have captured the attention of the national audience after Snyder and Berry earned spots in two of the most storied events on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, respectively. With Snyder qualifying and participating in this year’s 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and Berry playing in the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities, the Minnesota Section and these two specifically got the national exposure they rightfully deserved and longed for.

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Berry, who recently claimed his ninth Minnesota Section Championship this past week at North Oaks Golf Club, made his fourth consecutive trip to the 3M Championship earlier this month after qualifying in a playoff for the second time in the past three years. “I knew I could do it since I had done it before. It was good to have that confidence of knowing it is possible, and if I was told I had a 50% chance of making it; I would have had high hopes” said Berry. Although he has grown accustomed to playing in this tournament, he does not take it for granted. “Playing in this tournament was awesome, especially with Tom Watson in the field this year. Seeing all these players on the course, range, and locker room was special; and being close to home is even better,” stressed Berry.

He beat out many of the best golfers across the nation, demonstrating the type of player he is and what made him a Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Don has experienced numerous memories over the years playing in this highly touted Champions Tour event, one in particular that sticks out is when Mark Calcavecchia paid a visit to his kid spectating. “I was paired with Mark my first time in the tournament. My little kid was there watching me play, and Mark went over and talked him. He also got some pictures with a caddy bib on him, that was my favorite,” emphasized Berry.

Similar to Berry, Snyder was exposed to the national stage earlier this month playing in the coveted PGA Championship major won by Jason Day at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI. He qualified with a terrific showing at this year’s 2015 Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania finishing T-16. The Top 20 finishers earned a berth in the 2015 PGA Championship. Although he did not make the cut at the last major of the year, the experience was unforgettable for the Wisconsin resident; “Whistling Straits was an unreal experience, playing with the top 150 golfers in the world was truly something special,” Snyder said reflecting on what an amazing week he had just had. The trip home provided plenty of memories for him, “playing practice rounds with the likes of Zach Johnson, this year’s British Open Champion, and Davis Love III, the Ryder Cup Captain for 2016 at Hazeltine, was great;” he added. He didn’t putt well which was his achilles heel for both rounds, “I hit the ball really well during the PGA Championship but had 29 putts on 18 holes in one of my rounds which is not good enough at that level,” Snyder said.

Snyder has already locked up his spot in the 2016 PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY with his finish in last year’s event. Berry will be joining him, and others qualifying from the Minnesota Section are Dale Jones of Mendakota CC, Derek Holmes of River Oaks GC, Jeff Sorenson of The Minikahda Club, Corey Johnson of TPC Twin Cities, Grant Shafranski of Hiawatha GC, Dave Nordeen of Somerby, and Tom Kirkland of Victory Links GC.

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