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Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City

Elliott comes out on top at Senior Match Play

Gene Elliott had his game on cruise control at

this year’s IGA Senior Match Play Championship

held at the Tournament Club of Iowa. The 2015

Player of the Year earned the number one

overall seed, and strung together five wins to

bring home his second-consecutive match play

title contested at TCI (he won last year’s regular

IGA Match Play at TCI).

Elliott posted a two-under, 69 in the stroke

play round to lock up the number one spot. He

would then go on to defeat Mike Gaul 7 and 6,

and Pat Ryan 4 and 3 to reach the quarterfinals.

Matt Steddom gave Elliott his closest match of

the tournament, however, it was Elliott that

came out on top, 3 and 2.

In the semifinals, Elliott wasted no time in

toppling Tom Schill by a 6 and 5 margin. In the

championship match, the West Des Moines

resident clinched the title on the 16th-hole with a 4 and 3 victory over

Rob Christensen. In match play action, Elliott never once reached the


This was Elliott’s second victory of the season,

and his sixth-top 10 in as many starts.

Elliott would go on to win

the Player of the Year and

the Senior Player of the

Year titles.

After missing the cut for

the Championship Bracket, Jamie

Blackburn battled back in

the President’s Bracket to

take home first-place. In

the title match, Blackburn

defeated Bob Hartzler, 3

and 1.


Gene Elliott of West

Des Moines