Sometimes when a player gets hot, a player is simply, hot. This is the case with Andre Metzger. A victor two weeks ago at the event in Vermillion, the Arizona native once again entered the winners circle – this past week in Yankton at Fox Run Golf Course. He is the first two time winner of the summer and now takes the lead as the 2012 Dakota’s Tour Money Leader at $25,845.83. A great weekend was followed with an attempt to qualify for this weekend’s Tour event (the Cox Classic in Omaha) which ended in unique disappointment. (Triple Bogey on the 1st hole, followed with another double bogey and still managed to shoot a score of -3). Anyways, let’s get back on track to the event at Fox Run….

Andre’s tournament didn’t get off to an ideal start, as after a day described as ‘perfect weather’ he only managed to post a 1 under score of 71, featuring 2 birdies and 1 bogey. He trailed by 5 shots with the leaders at 66. Accompanied with the mental state of a champion, Metzger continued to grind away and Day 2 at Fox Run was a completely different tale of the tape. He fired a single low day score of 66 in gusts of wind reaching almost 30MPH. It was that round that set up his triumph on Sunday, as Andre fired another round of 66 to capture a 3 stroke victory. But it wasn’t as easy as the scorecard would indicate.

The players had no leaderboards all day Sunday and didn’t know where they stood for most of the day. It wasn’t until late in the back nine were Andre and his group caught word and began to have an idea where they stood, including Andre. Following a bogey on the 15th hole, he needed to regroup.

“I really started feeling it on the 16th hole. I wasn’t too nervous the first time I won, but I had a different overwhelming sensation this time,” said Metzger. “After talking to my wife [and caddy], I managed to regroup my emotions and finish strong.”

Regroup? Did he ever! He made a long birdie putt on 17 and followed it with a solid 12 footer for birdie on 18 and posted a 3 stroke victory at 203 (-13) over Garrett Merrell and Clayton Rask. This coming stretch of tournaments is big for Metzger. He – like many of the Dakota’s Tour regulars – will head to Hillcrest Country Club again in Yankton for the Pro-Am and then to Rapid City for another weekend Tour event. After that, he plans to try and Monday qualify for the Kansas City event. If he fails to qualify, he will enter in the Iowa Open.

Troy Klongerbo