Klongerbo Medals After Playoff Win at Drury Classic
Troy Klongerbo defeated Quincy University's Patrick Higgins in an individual playoff, 3-5, on hole No. 1 at Rivercut Golf Course Tuesday to claim his first career title at the 2012 Drury University Pasta House Classic. Behind their senior leader and Levi Smith, who finished sixth, the University of Sioux Falls men's golf team recorded a 309 to finish third in the team standings with a 615 for the tournament.
Klongerbo provided his insight of the playoff finish. "The tournament director announced there would be a playoff. I took a deep breath and coach Jansa reminded me that this is what we play for, a moment like this," said Klongerbo. " I hit a great drive, followed by a solid wedge. Next thing I knew, I'm was two putting for the win. It was an amazing feeling."
In addition to the individual dramatic finish for medalist honors, the tournament's team race could not have been any closer, as it was decided by one stroke. USF entered today in first place with a two stroke lead over Lindenwood University and a three stroke separation between Quincy in third. However, Lindewood (308-305=613) charged back, firing a 305 Tuesday to cement a one-stroke victory over tournament host Drury (311-303), which took second. The Cougars (306-309=615) finished just two back of the winner.
Klongerbo (75-72=147) carded a 72 today before sealing a 3-5 win in the first hole of the playoff. He holed a field-best eight birdies and led all scorers with a 3.95 scoring average on par fours, where he went one-under on the tournament. Klongerbo tapped in 19 pars en route to his first victory at USF.
"Consistency was big for me today. I got my putter going, but I wasn't striking the ball very well off the tee box," said Klongerbo. "I made up by avoiding poor decisions and simply taking the shots available. I made sure I did not become overly agressive or excited and it proved to be the right decision."
Smith (75-77=152) represented USF's second member in the top 10. He fired a 77 today to finish sixth overall. Like Klongerbo, he claimed the lowest par three scoring average at 2.88, shooting one-under, nearly two strokes better than the next competitor. Smith's tournament was also highlighted by dropping one of five eagles recorded.
Jordan Mueller (77-81=158) followed his opening round with an 81 to finish tied for 16th overall, while Shea Stoltenberg recorded an 80 today to tie for 19th. Stoltenberg tied smith and Klongerbo for a team-best 19 pars on the tournament.
Despite scoring on an individual scoring card, Lex Moore (85-79=164) was in the clubhouse in 79 strokes today and tied for 25th. Deryk Thomsen (86-80=166), the Cougars fifth scorer, shot an 80 in his final round to finish in 28th.
The Drury Classic concludes the 2011-12 USF men's golf season.