Champion Lenahan Picks Up Double Win
Fargo Country Club holds very special memories for Ryan Lenahan, not just because his eagle putt in a stellar final round captured the 2012 Bobcat North Dakota State Open. It also provided the scenic backdrop for meeting his future bride – successes that are both credited to the Michigan native’s work ethic.
As he climbed into a top 10 earnings position on the Dakotas Tour, fatigue was settling in. His first-round 73 was punctuated with mental errors. The first three holes on day two were a repeat performance, made more challenging by windy conditions. His game finally turned the corner with a rain delay that sharpened his focus. A hot putter propelled him to the day’s low round of 65.
“I could’ve easily left and been content, but I stuck around and putted because I still wasn’t really happy with my play,” Lenahan said. Timing is everything. Departing the practice green, his path crossed with the parents of a fellow Michigan player. The visit included an introduction to their daughter Amy – whose heart he would also win that weekend.
Lenahan started the second round only four shots off leader Ryan Peterson who four-putted an early green. Playing smart and steady on the front nine, it was his eagle 3 on the par-5 11th hole tied him for the lead. “That’s when I knew I had a really good chance to win the tournament and it sparked me. I played very solid on the back nine and hit every shot the way that I wanted to.”
Landing good drives on firm greens, he putted to a slim two-stroke lead alongside former ND Open champion, University of Nebraska teammate, and soon-to-be best man, Brady Schnell. The win earned him $10,000, plus a $4,500 sponsorship from Bobcat to cover his PGA Tour Qualifying School entry fee.
Despite not advancing out of Q-School, he qualified for an alternate position at the prestigious U.S. Open last June. He hopes to be back in Fargo this year with his fiancée, shooting for more hardware to adorn their golf-themed wedding reception next month in Charlotte, N.C.
Best wishes Ryan and Amy!