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June 14, 2008

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Klopfenstein also remembers, “Two of my chief regrets in high school occurred during my junior and senior years when our North squad failed to qualify for the IHSAA State Finals, I was the team’s No. 2 man my junior year and No. 1 my senior year. The following year, my brother, Chad, was a member of North’s team and they made it to the state finals. Chad has never let me forget that.”

After high school, Ryan received a scholarship from Franklin College, a member of the Indiana College Athletic Conference. He played the No. 5 position during his freshman year before becoming the team’s captain and number one man throughout both his junior and senior years.

The team was ranked nationally in the top 20 among Division III colleges all four years Ryan was a member of the team’s divotmen. He received All Conference honors twice during his college career.

After graduation, he worked six months for Ron Poore Jr. at Forest Park Golf Course in Brazil before accepting an assistant’s position at Houston (Tex.) Country Club where he was reunited with fellow Terre Hautean, J. T. Crawford.

Ryan recalls, “J.T. and I played a lot of golf together. Later, J.T. would take the head pro’s position at Country Club of New Orleans.”

Klopfenstein admitted, “I owe J.T. Crawford a huge debt of gratitude. He has certainly assisted me in numerous ways in my professional career.”

“After Katrina hit, I headed to New Orleans to help him get his course back in shape. After leaving Houston C.C. I was hired at Rochester C.C. in New York, where I worked with former National Amateur Champion Sam Urzetta and his son Mike. The second professional ever to represent Rochester C.C. was Walter Hagen. After a lengthy period away from Terre Haute, I was happy to return home.”

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