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Jeff Meyerink takes down Mitchell City Golf title after three-hole playoff

Jeff Meyerink's 4-under, 68 in the second round forced a playoff that he went on to win.

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Jeff Meyerink lines up a shot during the three-hole playoff on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at the Mitchell City golf tournament at Wild Oak Golf Course.
Zech Lambert / Mitchell Republic
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MITCHELL — Jeff Meyerink tapped in a par on the third hole of a three-hole playoff to win the championship flight of the Mitchell City golf tournament on Sunday afternoon at Wild Oak Golf Course.

Meyerink shot a 4-over, 76 in the rainy conditions Saturday at Lakeview Golf Course, and was even through the first nine holes on Sunday.

After birdying 13, he grabbed birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18 to finish the round at a 4-under, 68. That was good enough to tie him with Eric Hieb, who shot a 72 both days, and force a playoff.

“I like it,” Meyerink said of the nerves going into a playoff. “It doesn’t really affect me at all.”

From there, the two went into a three-hole playoff, starting back on the first hole. Meyerink and Hieb both made pars on the first two holes of the playoff and were both on the green of the third hole after two shots.

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Meyerink rolled his first putt close, and after Hieb three-putted, he tapped in for the win, much to the delight of the crowd that had formed to watch the playoff.

“It’s fun for the gallery to watch,” Meyerink said. “It’s fun for us to play in front of a gallery.”

This win was a bit more special for Meyerink than most, though. His daughter, Allison Meyerink, took first-place in the women’s division, taking the bracket by 11 strokes.

“For us both to win the city tournament, that’s what makes this one more special than the rest,” he said.

After Meyerink and Hieb in the championship flight, Brandon Sigmund came in third-place with a 148, winning the tiebreaker over fourth-place finisher Russell Pick thanks to shooting a better score Sunday, while Max Dailey came in fifth.

Shawn Hailey won the first flight after carding a two-day total of 156. Doug Dailey took down second with a 158, besting Cody Miles by one stroke. Joel Reinesch and Larkin Neugebauer finished in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Cade Carpenter's 151 was enough to win the president’s flight by two strokes over John Lyle, Noah Larson came in third with a 158, and won the tiebreaker over fourth-place Jamie McGowan after shooting a 76 on Sunday.

Paul Schelske took home the second flight by three strokes over Jayden Kayser, with Josh Paulson finishing in third.

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Clint Greenway was the winner in the third flight, shooting a 183 over the two days, including a 93 on the second day, which gave him the tiebreaker over Aaron Moller, who shot a 96 on Sunday. Bob Kreitlow finished in third with a 211.

Brad Buche and Jeff McEnteetied at 142 in the senior division first flight, but Buche’s second-round score of 72 won the tiebreaker by one stroke. Dave Fridley won the second flight of the senior division by eight strokes over Nick Brink.

Allison Meyerink walked away with the first-place trophy from the women’s division after shooting the best score both days. Ashton Austrem finished second and Liza Reinesch came in third.

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Zech Lambert is a sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. He graduated from Penn State University in May 2022 and began at the Mitchell Republic in July 2022. He can be reached at zlambert@mitchellrepublic.com or on Twitter @Zech_Lambert.
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