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Getz, Keeton win Match Play Championship

July 13, 2016

She had to face her former Pierre golf teammate Katie Bartlett to win it, but Hallie Getz came away with the SDGA Women’s Match Play Championship July 9-10 at Hillsview Golf Course.

“It was a lot of fun playing against Katie,” Getz said. “It was tough as well. I didn’t play that well down the stretch.”

Getz bogeyed the last three holes, allowing Bartlett to tie her, leading to a two hole playoff. Getz made a crucial putt in the second playoff hole that won it.

Getz now turns her focus towards her junior year at South Dakota State University, Bartlett enters her freshman year at the University of South Dakota. Both are accomplished athletes. Getz has had seven top-ten finishes in her college career. She was named the 2015 SDGA Co-Female Golfer of the year after winning the Two-Woman Championship, Mixed Team Championship and the Players’ Cup. She finished second in the last year’s Match Play Championship and fourth in the Women’s Amateur Championship. Bartlett won the State AA Girls’ Golf Championship in May, and is a back-to-back SDGA junior champion.

“We’ll be at rival schools,” Getz said. “We’re in the same conference and we’ll see each other at the same tournaments. It’ll be fun competing against her again.”

Despite the loss, Bartlett is not mad that she lost to her former teammate.

“I really look up to Hallie,” Bartlett said. “I proved to myself that I could keep up with a college golfer.”

With the exception of her match against Bartlett, Getz had the home course advantage. Getz was not a stranger to any of her match play opponents however. Her first match saw her defeat SDSU teammate Elle Carlson by three holes with one hole yet to play. Getz’s semifinal match was against Megan Mingo, another SDSU teammate. Getz won that match up by one hole. Had Bartlett not beaten Sydney Bormann in her semifinal match up, it would have been an all SDSU Match Play final.

The SDGA Women’s Match Play Championship had 11 participants. Getz was a No. 2 seed, and Bartlett was a No. 4 seed.

The men’s side of the SDGA Match Play Championship saw Pierre’s Michael Keeton win it all by defeating Jesse Talcott of Sioux Falls by four holes with three holes to go. Keeton, the No. 25 seed, outlasted 32 competitors in the three day tournament, including No. 1 seed Max Donahue of Sioux Falls, whom he defeated by three holes with two holes to go. Keeton was dominant on his home course, winning his first round and second round matchups against Brandon Sigmund and Miles Schock by two holes with one hole to go. Keeton gained a berth in the finals after defeating Michael Duch in the semifinals by two holes with one hole to go.

“It’s one of the biggest accomplishments of my career,” Keeton said. “It was a grind. I knew going into it I was putting well. I put a little pressure on myself and was a little nervous. I just had to compete and settle down so I could get more comfortable.”