CEDARBURG, Wisc. (June 21, 2012) -- Sam Frank of The Legend Clubs sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole of the championship match to defeat Brady Strangstalien of Viroqua Hills Golf Course, 3&2, and win the 2012 WSGA State Match Play Championship sponsored by TaylorMade.
Frank, a former member of the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team, was steady all week after shooting a 1-over par 73 during the stroke play qualifying round. That seed earned him the 8th seed in the 64-player bracket and a first round matchup with Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo. It took Frank all 18 holes and a clutch birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to defeat Romo, who was in first place in the WSGA’s Amateur Player of the Year points ranking entering the week.
Frank battled through tough matches all the way through the bracket, with four of his six matches going to the 18th hole. Following his match against Romo, Frank defeated Eric Schremp (2&1), Ed Dzirbik, Jr. (2&1), Anthony Aicher (1up), and Max Hosking (1up).
Strangstalien, who recently finished his career at Winona State University, took the lead early in the championship match, winning the first two holes. A bogey on the 5th hole cut his lead to 1up and Frank squared the match on hole 8 with a birdie. Strangstalien regained his lead on the next hole when Frank failed to make a par but would lose the next three holes. Both players made par 4s on the 15th hole, and Frank stood on the 16th tee with a chance to close out the match.
Both players hit the green in two shots and Frank was first to play. Frank calmly sank his putt, forcing Strangstalien to make his to continue the match. When Stragstalien missed the putt to the left side of the hole, Frank won the hole and the match.
This is the first WSGA championship for Frank.
The WSGA thanks the members and staff at Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms for the tremendous hospitality throughout the championship. The club was a great tournament host and the players talked highly of the conditions each day.
The WSGA State Match Play Championship was once again sponsored by TaylorMade, who provided great gifts for the players. The WSGA thanks TaylorMade for their continued support of the event.
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