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Dakota Dunes CC, Covington Links GC, Green Valley GC

May 20-22. 2016

Dreckman wins Tri-State Masters in


Nick Dreckman punctuated his 18-foot birdie putt on the first

hole of sudden death to win the Tri-State Masters on Sunday

with a primal yell. Afterwards, the three-time champion spoke of

an emotional whirlwind he’s been through the last year.

“My dad passed away last April and I really haven’t played a lot

of good golf since then,” Dreckman said. “It all kind of came to

fruition today. I got off to a good start, I was four under through

four, made a few mistakes coming in but kind of held together

and posted a good number and it was good enough to get me

into a playoff. And, God willing that putt on No. 9 went in. That’s

a feeling every golfer wants.”

Dreckman returned to the ninth hole for a playoff along with

Tyson Bodlak, Bret Taylor and Dan Freed after each finished

regulation with a 222 total in the unique event played on three

different courses in three different states.

All four reached the green in regulation and Bodlak was first

to putt, leaving his birdie try just short. Freed then ran his putt

some eight feet past the hole and Taylor was also a tad short on

his birdie attempt.

Dreckman faced a twisting 18-footer and buried it in the center

of the cup for his third Tri-State Masters victory. The 35-year-old

Le Mars, Iowa, resident also won in 2011 and 2012 and joins

Ayron Corporon (2006-08) as a three-time champion.


R1 R2 R3


Open Division

Senior Division


R1 R2 R3


T1 Dan Freed

80 73 69 222

T1 Nicholas Dreckman

80 70 72 222

T1 Tyson Bodlak

76 72 74 222

T1 Bret Taylor

78 67 77 222


Adam Fields

77 74 72


T6 Jesse Lewter

78 76 70 224

T6 Ben Irlbeck

79 70 75 224

T6 Corey Matthey

71 75 78 224

9 Christopher Rager

84 72 70 226

T10 Brian Evans

77 76 74 227

1 Derek Burshiem

79 74 76 229

2 Vern Van Peursem

76 80 79 235

3 Mike Pape

77 81 79 237

4 Troy Engdahl

85 75 82 239


Bob Carnes

79 79 82


Par 72

Par 72

The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

Fort Dodge Country Club

Briarwood Club of Ankeny

Spencer Golf and Country Club

Lake Panorama National

Carroll Country Club


Barry Poe,

Sioux City Journal