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Brian Meyer watches a putt during the championship match of the Elks Labor Day Golf Tournament on Monday at the Jamestown Country Club. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Sean Krall gestures after hitting driver during Monday's championship match against Brian Meyer. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

When Brian Meyer's on, it's going to be pretty tough for everybody else.

That was the case over the holiday weekend as Meyer rolled to his third career Elks Labor Day Golf Tournament championship at the Jamestown Country Club. Meyer, generally considered the top player in town, needed just 27 holes on Monday to defeat Matt Grenz in the semifinals and defending champion Sean Krall in the title tilt.

"If you're hitting the driver and making putts, you can figure the rest out from there," said the 38-year-old Meyer, who has played in the Elks final a whopping seven times. "In match play anybody can beat anybody, you just have to give yourself a chance ... make them beat you with birdies. If you can go out there and make a bunch of pars, you take your chances."

Meyer, who's had a busy and successful summer playing with fellow Jamestown College alum Brandon Wilkens, made quick work of Grenz in the semifinals with an 8&7 win. In the finale against Krall, Meyer sealed the win on the par 4 15th.

"I've gone with the Lee Trevino approach," Meyer said. "Hit it before you think about it."

Meyer, who finished second in 2014 and '15, embraces wearing the bull's eye.

"I get everybody's best and I'm ready for it. I enjoy that part of it," he said. "There's a lot of good players in this tournament. Last year, I got beat in the first round, so you just never know.

"I've played a lot of tournament golf and I've figured out what's best for me. The No. 1 thing in match play is to try and make them beat you. If you don't beat yourself, you got a chance."

Putting away Krall didn't figure to be easy. The Valley City golfer scored a dramatic victory in last year's Elks tournament final, beating Justin Cross by sinking a putt on the 18th green. Krall needed a similar effort to advance on Monday. In the semifinals, he outlasted Mur Hernandez—a 2016 semifinalist—in 19 holes.

Meyer became the seventh player with three or more Elks titles in the 79-year history of the tournament. Kevin Moran (6), Kevin Widmer (4), Rick Stitzer (4), Wally Lodine (3), Dick Nierling Jr. (3) and Matt Ward (3) are the others.

Earlier in the summer, Meyer teamed with Wilkens to win the net division of the state 4-ball championship in Dickinson. The dual also placed third at the state 2-man scramble at Bully Pulpit.

"He hits it 8 miles," Meyer said of his 6-foot-8 playing partner and former basketball star for the Jimmies. "It's fun to watch him hit driver. You can build a Walmart between his ball and mine."

And now there's a third Elks title for Meyer's mounting résumé.

"It feels pretty good," he said. "This is a tournament we look forward to every year."

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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