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Van Rooyen Cruises in Final Round to Claim 45th Annual Tapemark

June 12, 2016

St. Paul, MN (6/12/16)—European Tour Professional and Former Gopher Erik Van Rooyen of Cape Town, South Africa proved to be too much for the field in the final round of the 45th Annual Tapemark Charity Pro-Am at Southview Country Club in St. Paul, MN. This was a three-day, 54-hole event that benefited people with developmental disabilities.

Van Rooyen began the day at 9-under, one shot ahead of Ian Hessels of New Richmond GC in Wisconsin. He didn’t begin the way he had hoped with a bogey on the par-3, 10th. “I was a little bit nervous on the first tee,” said Van Rooyen. “Other than that first hole, I played wonderful golf the rest of that nine.”

After shaking off the nerves, he really settled in. Van Rooyen went 5-under the remaining 8 holes to post a 4-under 31 at the turn including an eagle-birdie finish on the 17th and 18th.

By then, he had built himself a three shot lead over Hessels at 13-under for the tournament. Hessels struggled to end his round going 4-over on the front nine to finish 2-over on the day and 6-under for the tournament.

Today was all about Van Rooyen who finished his round with an exclamation point—a tap in birdie on the 9th, his final hole, after a beautiful iron approach put him inches away. Today’s win gave him his first career victory as a professional.

“It was just a fantastic weekend of golf,” said the South African native. “It feels really, really good to be able to get my first career professional win.”

Van Rooyen bested two familiar faces, coaches John Carlson and Justin Smith of Van Rooyen’s alma mater, the University of Minnesota.

Martha Nause of Mendakota CC finished with a two-day 1-over 143 total to capture her third Tapemark victory of her career. “My goal both days was to play my own game and hit the best shots that I could,” said Nause. This is also her third Tapemark victory in the past five years alone.

She won by an impressive seven strokes over second place finisher Katie Detlefsen of Somerby GC.

The low amateur of the tournament was Eric Hayne of Dellwood CC who shot a 1-under on the final day for a three-day total of even-par 213. Bennett Schroeder of Windsong Farm GC finished second two strokes back.

This tournament holds special meaning to Nic Urban of Highland National GC who has a developmental disability of his own, Asperger syndrome. “People need to understand how much this [tournament] helps,” said Urban, a national champion with Special Olympics Minnesota. “I cannot thank everyone enough for all of this.”

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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