Strain edges Meyer for Elks tournament title

By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, N.D.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Sept. 02--Michael Strain and the Jamestown County Club appear to fit like a glove.

The University of Jamestown standout beat two of the top golfers in town on Monday to win the Elks Labor Day Golf Tournament.

Strain, who has three wins in five outings at the Jamestown course, beat Steve Sedler in the semifinals and then won a 20-hole marathon over defending champion Brian Meyer, who many consider to be the top player in town.

"It was very intimidating," Strain said of going head-to-head against the former Jimmie standout Meyer. "I heard the other day he shot a 62 out here. That's absolutely insane. He's a very, very good player."

It took a big-time birdie putt to finally end the 20-hole showdown.

"I made a putt from about 25-feet away, a big bender to win it," said Strain, who won the Jimmies' season-opening meet at the country club on Aug. 27. "To see it go in was a pretty good feeling."

Strain's game is suited for the smallish, but difficult country club track.

"The thing about this course is that it's shorter and that benefits me," said the Motley, Minn., native. "I'm not a long-ball hitter.

"My game is pretty much down the middle, up by the greens and get up and down for par."

Strain advanced with a 3 and 2 win over Sedler, another former Jimmie, who also starred in basketball at the college.

Meyer won his semifinal match over Sean Krall.

Strain, who is double-majoring in financial planning/wealth management and business administration, didn't play a ton of tournament golf over the summer, but came into the season in fine form.

He made the elite 8 at the 90th annual The Birchmont Golf Tournament, a top amateur tournament held in Bemidji, Minn., featuring many of the best amateur players from Minnesota, North Dakota and several other states.

"I just like to call it a hot streak and I want to ride it out as long as I can," Strain said of his steady play. "I try not to think about it too much. I just want to stay steady and consistent and hopefully keep making improvements in my game."

Other quarterfinalists in the Elks championship flight were Jamestown High School junior Austin Rene, Matt Eggl, Myles Torgerson and perennial Elks tournament contender Troy LeFevre.

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University of Jamestown golfers Brandon Stahlhut, Jakobi Lux, Mitch Hagenson, Nolan Frank and Nathan Kapaun advanced to the round of 16. Stahlhut and Lux are 2014 JHS grads.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at [email protected]


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