(WEST FARGO, N.D. — August 2017) Golf fans turned out on August 25 – 27 to witness Fargo native and PGA pro Tom Hoge crowned the 53rd annual Bobcat North Dakota Open champion.
Hoge finished 20-under par 196 on the lush greens of the Fargo Country Club during the three-day event, tying a course-record 63 on the second day and a 64 on the third day, beating the tournament record. He received $10,000 in purse winnings and will play in the Web.com Tour Finals over the next four weeks.
Andrew McCain, of Knoxville, Tennessee, finished in second place with a final score of 16-under in his first professional tournament, and Andre Metzger, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, trailed in third place with 12-under. In addition, William Leaf and Grady Meyer tied for the amateur title at 211 over the course of three days.
The annual pro-am golf tournament, sponsored by Bobcat Company, brought together a record-breaking number of former champions including Tom Hoge, Dave Schultz, Andre Metzger, Patrick Stolpe, Ricky Hearden III, Tim Ailes, defending champion Hudson Carpenter, and three-time European Tour winner Kenneth Ferrie.
Each year, the tournament raises money for The Village Family Service Center, a nonprofit organization designed to improve the quality of lives of individuals, families and organizations. Since 1984, Bobcat Company has donated more than $1 million to benefit many worthwhile programs of The Village.
“The charitable partnership is a true testament to Doosan Bobcat’s long history of community involvement,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are proud to help The Village offer its services to the community and to help sponsor such a valuable event.”
Several other events were held in conjunction with the tournament, including a skill competition for tournament players and a Friday night barbecue.