It's official: NHL referee Garrett Rank can play some golf.
Rank, a 31-year-old mid-amateur, picked up his first major amateur title by winning the 2019 Western Amateur at Point O'Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan on Saturday.
He clinched with 3-and-2 victory over Daniel Wetterich in the match play event to take home the trophy.
"I've been chasing a major amateur title for a long time and the dream finally came true today," Rank told Golf Channel. "I'm super thrilled."
After winning the title, he took a pose familiar to hockey fans, hoisting the trophy as one might the Stanley Cup.
His name will be on the George R. Thorne trophy now alongside some fairly well known Western Amateur champions like Jack Nicklaus, who won it in 1961, Phil Mickelson (1991) and Tiger Woods (1994).
Rank, a testicular cancer survivor who just completed his fourth season as an NHL referee, qualified for and played in the 2018 U.S. Open last summer, but missed the cut.
He is next slated to play in the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship beginning August 20, an event he won three times from 2014-16.