By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Rogers grad Clayton Rask tied for runner-up in the Minnesota State Open that concluded Sunday, after leading by a stroke going into the final hole.
Rask bogeyed No. 18 at Edinburgh USA while Sammy Schmitz, who had trailed by two, sank a 20-foot birdie putt, and Jon DuToit, who had trailed by one, parred the hole, creating a three-way playoff.
DuToit birdied the first playoff hole for the win, after a superb 8-iron shot within six feet. Rask drove into a bunker, then landed in another bunker on his second shot, chipped within three feet and sank a par putt. Schmitz also parred.
Rask, who shot 73-66-69–208, earned $8,500. DuToit, a current Gopher player and member of Chaska TC, and Schmitz, of Valleywood, are amateurs.
Rask, 28, former Gopher who won this event in 2010, is a pro on the NGA circuit and lives in North Carolina. He’s won two events this year, the NGA’s Killearn Classic in Florida in February and the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament at Minneapolis Golf Club in May.
Conrad Hahne of Links at Northfolk tied for 51st in the original field of 155 with 72-77-74—223.