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Ames Golf & Country Club

Jay Gregory (R) congratulates

Gene Elliott on his win a�er

finishing the 18th hole.

Tom Sandie (pictured), of Urbandale,

held off Tim Taylor of Ankeny by

one stroke to win the Super Senior

Division for the second straight year.


Elliott leaves no doubt, wins

by six, Sandie repeats as Super

Senior champ

Ames Golf and Country Club has been kind to

Gene Elliott.

The winner of the 2013 Iowa Mid-Amateur at the

venue, won his second Iowa Senior Amateur title

on Wednesday after erasing a three-shot deficit

with a birdie on the first hole of the final round.

Overnight leader, Jay Gregory, unfortunately got

off to a rough start, making double-bogey on the

opening hole and bogey on the next. Gregory

would go on to post 79 in the final round.

“That was a huge twist, right on the first hole,”

Elliott, who closed with 67 (-4), said. “I don’t know

if I have seen a three-shot swing on the first hole

of a tournament. When I knew I wasn’t going to

be fighting from behind, I felt like I could put the

peddle down.”

Elliott, who finished just a shot off the lead in

last year’s event, admitted he likes the way Ames

G&CC is set up. He was able to add five birdies to

his scorecard during the final round to go against

only a lone, three-putt bogey and cruise to a six-

shot victory.

“I have played well here a few times,” Elliott

said. “I like playing here. You have to hit it in the

fairway and the greens are not that easy to hit.

The first six holes (today) I could of been six-under

(par). I had it around the hole all day. I knew I had

a four shot lead with about five to play and tried

to hit the fairway and green from there. I hit, I

think, all 18 greens.”

Finishing runner-up was Ankeny’s Curtis Holck.

Holck was able to make three birdies, but five

bogeys left him too far back of Elliott.

Interesting in itself, Burlington’s Scott Briggs

posted the same score each of the three rounds

(71), including the same nine-hole scores (36-35)

each day. He finished alone in third.

Tom Sandie made it two for two in the Super

Senior Division, as he repeated as champion.

Sandie, of Urbandale, outdistanced Tim Taylor and

Jim Campbell by one shot for the victory.

“I like these greens,” Sandie commented after his

round. Sandie was consistent all week, firing 75-

76-73 to finish at 11-over, 224.