GT Nickname: LEMON AIDS !.
In the world of Golden Tee, if life gives you a Lemon, you don't make lemonade but you accept your loss and move along. Proving just that, Jeff 'Lemon' Lannen rolled thru the 2013 Missouri Open undefeated to take home the $1750 cash prize and title. Jeff quietly finished in 12th place during the 5 course qualifier among 82 entrants in what is one of our biggest events of the year. Jeff stormed out of the gate in match play, winning his first two matches by a combined score of -51 to -38. Next up was two time World Champion and good friend Graig Kinzler. This match did not disappoint as they were all square at -25 after 18 holes and it took Lannen sudden death to best Kinzler. Next up, things did not get easier for Jeff as he was matched up against 2012 Missouri Open Champion Sean Gervais, in search for the repeat of his title. Lannen earned another tight victory -26 to -25 to move onto the King of the Hill match. To many surprise, it was George Von K waiting for him making his first real noise in a Live tournament. Jeff took down this match -25 to -23, sending George to face the favorite in the tournament Mark Stenmark. In what some would say was the surprise of the tournament, Mark was in control of the match. However, one small error and then keeping his agressive nature, Stenmark watered two putts on the next hole, and George found himself back in a rematch with Lannen. In the finals, Von K was much more comfortable than his first match and had a one stroke lead going into the 17th hole. But it was here that Lannen rose up to the occasion, aced the hole and forced Sudden Death. Jeff kept his unbeaten streak alive winning in extra holes and taking the championship.
Jeff has now won 12 matches in a row in PEGT events as the previous tournament he played in was the PEGT Player of the Year Championships, where he also moved thru the bracket undefeated. Lannen will be first up in the new PEGT Bounty promotion, giving any player that beats him in the 2013 Windy City Open a $20 Gift Card. By the way, Jeff got third place in the 2012 Windy City Open and the inaugural Windy City Open in 2011 at Gatsby's, Lannen was the champion. Can you say Blind Bid?