Eggen takes Marshall Open

MARSHALL- Jeffrey Eggen is one of the new guys on the block on the Dakotas Tour and the Marshall Open got him off to a great start.

Eggen, a Phoeniz, Ariz. native, held the lead at the Marshall open heading into the 18th tee box and was able to hang on for the victory while making par with five strokes on the 18th hole.

The win marked his first on the Dakota Tour.

He finished with a score of 70 for the day, good for one under par and a 204 total score for the three-day tournament.

Eggen admits he didn’t have some of his best stuff at times, but proved there are other ways to get the job done.

“I just scrambled well all three days,” Eggen said. I didn’t hit some of the best golf shots, but when I missed them, I got up and down most of the time. I only made maybe a handful of bogeys.”

Eggen, who started the day one shot of the pace, had played this course twice before.

He didn’t get in a practice round prior to the tournament, but was able to recall how the course played from previous experience.

“It all just kind of fell into place,” Eggen said. “I played a really good first round to set the pace for the rest of the week,” he added.

Eggen shot a 65 in the first round to go with a 69 and 70 the next two.

While it was the same course, Eggen felt it was a much easier experience than the previous two times he had played.

“I had an extreme lack of experience the first couple times,” Eggen said. “I had just started playing some pro events and I got a little more excited. I pushed a lot of things. This week I was relaxed and just made a bunch of pars. I was able to get a few birdies here and there and limit it to one or two bogeys per round,” he said.

The tide turned for Eggen on the back nine and in particular the last few holes.

Eggen and his group were all close going into the last few holes. Eggen snagged a birdie on the 16th and followed up with a par on the 17th hole, while his holemates shot a bogey and a double bogey.

“That was when I knew I had a chance,” Eggen said. “I knew I still had to birdie 18 to have a chance. I missed the birdie putt and figured I was going to end up second or third, but it turned out that it was good enough to beat the two guys I was with.”

Eggen is more of a fade shot player and the main challenge for him at Marshall Golf Club was the wind direction lending itself to more of a draw shot type player.

He admitted that it made driving the ball a difficult experience the final two rounds of the tournament.

While he struggled driving the ball at times, Eggen found an easier time with the greens.

“The greens were in really good shape and really full,” Eggen said. “If you hit the ball on the right line, you made the putt.”

Now that he has seen the course multiple times and won the tournament on his third time playing it, Eggen looks forward to coming back in the future.

“It was a fun time,” Eggen said. “I love the course and I love Marshall. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Jeff Burton of Scottsdale, Ariz.-just a half hour’s drive from Eggen’s hometown-finished in a tie for second overall with a 205 for the tournament. He shot a 67 in round two, but it wasn’t enough to make up for his 72 in the second round.

Cam White, Tim Kunick and Thomas Campbell also finished with 205’s.

Defending Champion Tim Ailes finished in a tie for sixth at 206.

The Dakotas Tour will stop at Fox Run in Yankton South Dakota next with that tournament kicking off July 25.