Snyder & Rolland Win Minnesota PGA Four-Ball Match Play Championship
After defeating him in a playoff to win the Minnesota PGA Professional Championship in late August, Brent Snyder teamed up with his good friend Eric Rolland to claim the 2017 Minnesota PGA Season-Long Four-Ball Match Play Championship.
The pair defeated the team of Jeff Running and Brian Seiwert 2-up today at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
“It’s fun. We do it to be able to spend time with each other, really,” said Snyder about the opportunity to team up with Rolland once a year for this event. “With all our work, it’s hard to find time to spend together.”
Rolland echoed that sentiment but also credited his opponents with making the season enjoyable. “It was a good year,” he emphasized. “I think what was great about this year was we had all of our matches with great guys. Of course, you want to win, but playing against great guys is what makes it fun.”
The two fell behind fairly quick in the championship match today. “We didn’t have much going at the beginning,” Snyder said. “Jeff [Running] made a really nice putt on the first hole and just like that we were down one.”
Running and Seiwert would move to 2-up before Snyder and Rolland finally found their groove.
Snyder and Rolland won their first hole of the day at the par-5 7th with a par to go 1-down. Snyder would chip in on the 9th to even the match at all square at the turn.
With another birdie at the par-5 11th, they took their first lead of the day; Running and Seiwert weren’t done yet though.
“We gave one back on the par-3 13th as I three-putted from the back,” said Snyder. “After that, it was kind of a gut check down the stretch.”
Rolland won the incredibly difficult par-5 15th with an up-and-down for par. Running responded with a birdie on the par-4 16th to make the match all square with two holes left to play.
In the ultimate team fashion, Snyder would birdie to win the par-3 17th, and Rolland would shut the door with a birdie of his own on the final hole to win the match 2-up.
“We don’t hit it very far, but when you are able to put two balls in play on almost every hole you give yourself a chance,” said Rolland on the team’s success.
He couldn’t help but take a playful jab at his teammate following the round, “it was a pretty good year; I had to carry him around for most of the year. He’s kind of a tough partner to have.”