South Dakota Amateur: Sigmund wins in nail biter
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Aug. 12, 2012) -- It's been quite the summer for Brandon Sigmund. After making a deep, unexpected run in the Match Play Championship in July--he had to reschedule a flight for work when he won his way into the semifinals, where he lost on the final hole to eventual winner Ben Irlbeck--Sigmund came out shooting two weeks later at The Bluffs in Vermillion at the Men's Mid-Amateur Championship. There, he fired a 69 on the final day to defeat defending champion Chris Long for his first SDGA title. On Sunday, just two weeks removed from his Mid-Am victory, Sigmund found himself again holding the trophy at the end of the tournament.

An opening-round 75 on Friday left Sigmund with a lot of ground to make up, six strokes behind leader Ryan Tjeerdsma. His 5-under-par 67 quickly narrowed that gap, and Sigmund entered Sunday in the final group, just one stroke out of the lead. Heading into the 18th hole on Sunday, Sigmund and Tjeerdsma were tied for the lead, with Irlbeck just one stroke behind. Irlbeck eagled the final hole to finish at 4-under-par for the tournament (5-under for the round). But Sigmund answered back by chipping in for eagle to finish at 5-under-par 211. Tjeerdsma's eagle putt slid past the hole, and Brandon Sigmund won his first Men's Amateur Championship.

Also at Moccasin Creek, Ben Irlbeck was named the 2012 Players Cup winner. The award is given to the top point-earner in the Two-Man, Match Play, and Men's Amateur Championships. Irlbeck tied for eighth in the Two-Man and won the Match Play Championship. He and Ryan Tjeerdsma were co-runners-up in the Men's Amateur.

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