Snyder Continues Stellar Season, Takes Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship
Brent Snyder of Troy Burne G.C. continued his streak of great golf at the Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship winning the title 5&4 over Derek Stendahl of Rush Creek G.C. at Midland Hills Country Club. This marks Snyder’s second major Section victory in a row after he won the Minnesota PGA Professional Championship at The Pines in late August.
Snyder wasted no time in the championship match after nearly being ousted a day earlier. He would birdie his first two holes, winning the first, to quickly move 1-up over Stendahl. Snyder would add to his lead with a par at the par-3 4th to go 2-up.
Stendahl would counter Snyder’s start with a fantastic second shot on the par-5 5th. His shot hit the flagstick and the ball bounced 10-feet left of the hole. Snyder would miss his birdie opportunity and concede the putt and hole to Stendahl, who shaved the deficit back to 1-up in favor of Snyder.
Unfortunately for Stendahl, this would be his only highlight on the front. Snyder would birdie the next three holes and win them all to go 4-up at the turn and post a 5-under 31 on that side.
“I didn’t drive it as well as I would have liked to yesterday, and I got off to a good start today,” said Snyder. “I don’t think I missed a fairway on the front nine except for maybe a fringe shot there on the [par-4] 9th. I had the putter working just right today.”
After his impressive start, it was smooth sailing for Snyder. Stendahl would concede a birdie putt to Snyder on the par-5 10th and drop another hole with a bogey at the par-3 12th to face dormie with six holes to play. Snyder would have his one blemish on the day with a bogey on the par-4 13th but eventually claim the title with a tap-in par the very next hole.
Snyder often deflects credit for his success this season to his family, friends and students. “You know I can’t quite tell you anything that’s different. Certainly, Kyle [Snyder’s brother and caddie] and I through the summer months keep doing what we do to be successful. With my work, I don’t have as much time to practice as I’d like; and for that matter, a lot of the credit goes to my students. I have my wife and family to thank as well. I’m very grateful.”
His victory this week has locked up Player of the Year honors for him. This will be his second career Player of the Year award with his other one coming in 2013, also following a Match Play victory.
“After today, this would be my eighth win this season; sixth in the Section which is totally humbling,” stressed Snyder. “This Section is unbelievably competitive. Everyone is so talented. The wins and awards are great but it comes back to being in love with the process and letting everything else take care of itself.”
It has been quite the year for him. He will look to cap off his amazing season with a victory at the Luther Tour Championship and Minnesota PGA 4-Ball title with teammate Eric Rolland in October.