Maggie Murphy wins SDGA Match Play title

Courtesy photo: Maggie Murphy (left) defeated Katie Bartlett (right) 2-and-1 in the Women’s Match Play Championship final on Sunday at Brandon Golf Course to secure her third career SDGA title. Also pictured is SDGA Executive Director Tom Jansa.

BRANDON – Sioux Falls native and South Dakota State assistant golf coach Maggie Murphy won the Women’s Match Play Championship at Brandon Golf Course for her third career SDGA title.

Murphy, the No. 5 seed, defeated third-seeded Katie Bartlett 2-and-1 in Sunday’s final. Bartlett is a senior on the South Dakota golf squad from Pierre.

Murphy took the first three holes in the title match and never trailed. She was 4-up through seven.

Bartlett won the eighth and 10th, before Murphy won the 11th and 12th to remain 4-up. Bartlett won the 15th and 16th and the players halved No. 17 with par 3s.

Sioux Falls’ Samantha Langford, Rapid City’s Natalie Young, Bartlett, Sioux Falls’ Liz Duncan, Murphy and Aberdeen’s Lani Potter each shot 76 in the qualifying round Thursday to share medalist honors.

They were the Nos. 1-6 seeds, respectively, with Langford, Young and Bartlett earning first-round byes.

Murphy cruised past No. 12 Taylor Sudenga, of Sioux Falls, 8-and-6 in the first round and then topped Duncan 3-and-2 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Murphy followed that up with a 2-and-1 defeat of Langford in Saturday’s semifinals.

Langford dropped No. 9 Sydney Wirebaugh, of Aberdeen, 5-and-4 in the quarterfinals.

Bartlett beat Potter 6-and-5 in the quarterfinals and No. 10 Sydney Weber, of Parkston, 2-and-1 in the semifinals. Weber upended Young 1-up in the quarters.

Murphy also won the Match Play in 2010 and was the 2007 Amateur champion.

The 2019 SDGA Women’s Amateur Championship is Aug. 9-11 at Brookings Country Club.

Men

Mitchell’s Jeff Meyerink defeated Garretson’s Chris Long 3-and-2 in the final to win the SDGA Men’s Match Play Championship on Sunday at Brandon Golf Course.

Meyerink was the No. 34 seed after shooting a 2-over-par 73 in Thursday’s qualifying round.

Sioux Falls’ Jon Emerson fired a 64 to take medalist honors. Brandon’s Trevor Tobin, a former Jackrabbit player, was the No. 2 seed following a 65.

Seventeen players broke par – 15 of which shot in the 60s – and six others shot even in the qualifying round.

Brookings’ Jake Steen (71) was the 18th seed and Brodie Hullinger (75) was No. 48.

Hullinger beat No. 17 Brandon Sigmund, of Mitchell, 3-and-2 in the first-round.

Later Friday, he fell 2-and-1 to No. 49 Jonah Dohrer.

Hullinger was 3-up through seven holes. Dohrer won the eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th to move ahead 1-up. Hullinger won the 13th, leaving the match at all square.

Dohrer won the 14th to grab the lead for good and also took the 16th to go 2-up.

Dohrer is a sophomore on the SDSU golf team from Aberdeen. He went on to beat No. 32 Clay Kopplin, of Sioux Falls, 1-up in the Round of 16 before falling 1-up to Long in the quarterfinals.

No. 47 Lane Jensen, of Rapid City, defeated Steen 4-and-2 in the first round.

Steen returned home and proceeded to win the Brookings City Tournament for the second time in five years, carding a 3-over 145 (69 Edgebrook-76 BCC) total over the weekend for a one-stroke victory over Kayde Bartels (72-74—146).

Meyerink defeated No. 31 Austin Swenson, of Brandon, 4-and-3 in the first round and No. 63 Max Pfeiffer, of Aberdeen, 3-and-1 in the second round. On Saturday, he topped No. 15 Russell Pick, of Mitchell, 2-and-1 in the third round and No. 26 Jesse Talcott, of Sioux Falls, 1-up in the quarterfinals.

In Sunday’s semifinals, Meyerink beat No. 19 Kolby Newborg, of Tea, 2-and-1 and Long dropped No. 29 Jacob Otta, of Sioux Falls, 1-up.

Emerson opened with a 1-up win over No. 64 Tony Hayes, of Sioux Falls, before falling 2-and-1 to Kopplin.

Tobin lost 4-and-3 to Pfeiffer in the first round.

The 2019 SDGA Men’s Amateur Championship is Aug. 9-11 at Brookings Country Club.

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