Ryan Sergeant said his golf swing has been atrocious the past two weeks.

"It isn't a very comfortable feeling," he said.

The flat stick, though, came to Sergeant's rescue and propelled him to the biggest win of his career at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan.

Sergeant registered an even-par 72 Sunday afternoon to claim the Quad-City Amateur's 36-hole Tour Championship by three strokes over Dusty Drenth.

In the process, Sergeant captured player of the year honors for the first time in his career.

"I don't worry about my swing anymore," Sergeant said. "It's all about my putter, and I putted fantastic this weekend."

Sergeant, sporting a maroon shirt for his alma mater Moline, finished the summer with two wins on the Tour and never was outside the top five in any event.

The 24-year-old played golf in college for Black Hawk and St. Ambrose. He won one event, but that was an 18-hole tournament.

"As far as personal success playing golf, this is at the top," said Sergeant, who also earns a spot into next year's John Deere Classic pre-qualifier. "I've always had the game to do it, but I didn't have it in my head.

"The last few years, I'm really comfortable playing the game of golf and playing under pressure. It is a maturity thing."

Sergeant double-bogeyed the par-4 fourth in the final round, but buried a 13-footer for par at No. 6 and converted birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-4 ninth.

"That putt on six really turned my round around," Sergeant said. "It got me in a comfortable zone."

Sergeant was steady on the closing nine with a birdie and seven pars.

"I played so solid on the back," Sergeant said. "I didn't know what it was going to take, but I had a feeling nobody was going low."

Sergeant's only hiccup came at the par-5 18th, but he had already built a four-stroke cushion. He hit a 4-iron into the hazard with his second shot and settled for bogey.

"It wasn't nerves," Sergeant said. "That just tells you where my swing is at right now. That's why it is satisfying to be able to win a golf tournament when you really weren't at your best."

Like Sergeant, Drenth, the 2008 POY, came into the day a shot back of Kirk Trede.

However, a double bogey at the par-3 12th, a three-putt from inside 2 feet at 14 and a bogey at 16 derailed Drenth's chances. He finished with a 75 and two-day total of 151.

"I hit some squirrely shots, shots I normally don't make in those situations," Drenth said, "and the two doubles (this weekend) hurt.

"I hit some good shots in the final stretch, but it wasn't my day. It was (Sergeant's) time."

Greg Rios, Jamie Hallstrom, Brian Soucinek and Trede finished in a tie for third at 9-over. Sergeant's 72 was the lowest round of the weekend.

"(Sergeant) shot in the 80s in high school, 75s in college and now he is pretty darn good," said Drenth, who finished second in the POY race for the second time in three years. "All that hard work has really paid off for him.

"He straight-up outplayed me in this tournament and earned it. It is a big accomplishment for him."

Meanwhile, Muscatine's John Peters posted rounds of 75 and 74 to win the Senior Division by four shots over Mark Drenth. It was Peters' first Tour Championship.

Mark Drenth edged Mike Long by 98 points for player of the year honors.


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.