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Sunnyside CC, Waterloo

Nate Dunn has reclaimed his title as Iowa Amateur

Champion, his third overall. Dunn, a Cedar Rapids

resident, fired rounds of four-under, 68 and even-par,

72 to hoist the Elliott Family Iowa Amateur Trophy at

Sunnyside Country Club.

The 114th Iowa Amateur Championship was played

under soggy conditions in Waterloo. After being hit

with severe weather and heavy rain during the second

round, the tournament was shortened to 36-holes.

Dunn did not let the altered playing conditions affect

his game.

“I was trying to get a feel for the golf course after the

rain,” Dunn said. “I really tried to keep the ball in front

of me.”

Dunn had plenty of company atop the leader board.

Eight golfers finished within five-strokes of Dunn’s 140

winning tally. Cody Holck, who played alongside Dunn

in the final group, never let Dunn get comfortable by

continuing to stay aggressive off the tee.

“I didn’t hit a lot of drivers today, but playing with these

young kids is fun,” Dunn said. “Cody hit driver all day

long and it was fun to watch.”

Holck also carded a four-under, 68 in the first round of

the tournament. Dunn had his game on cruise control,

moving his number to eight-under with just seven holes

to play in the final round. Holck would capitalize on a

pair of Dunn mistakes, cu�ng his lead to just one stroke

with a birdie on the 13th hole. Holck, of Ankeny, would

go on to bogey two of the next three holes to fall back

to three-strokes off the lead heading to the 18th-tee.

Dunn held a two-stroke lead over West Des Moines’

Broc Everett when he stepped up to hit his final tee

shot, and a three-shot advantage on Holck. Everett

had birdied that hole just 15-minutes prior, and held

the clubhouse lead with a three-under, 141 (70-71.)

However, Dunn was unaware of where he stood when

he hit that shot.

“I had no idea where I was, I didn’t want to,” Dunn

said. “I tried to stay aggressive when I could and

make pars when I needed to… I didn’t look at the

scoreboard until 18.”

With their second shots, Holck found the green but

had a lengthy birdie attempt. Dunn came up well

short of the pu�ng surface, but only needed to

put the ball on the green and two-putt to win the


Holck made things interesting when his birdie attempt

found the bottom of the cup to tie Everett’s mark

of 141 (68-73), but it had no effect on Dunn. After

chipping the ball to 10-feet, Dunn calmly two-putted

and walked off the green as the 2016 Iowa Amateur


Three-time Iowa

Amateur champion,

Nate Dunn, poses

with the Elliott Family



Nate Dunn wins 114th Iowa Amateur, Collects third title overall