Month: June 2017

Steady play key for Kinney all week, Snelling wins Women’s Match Play Championship set

The 29th IGA Match Play and 6th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship began on Monday, June 26, at The Harvester Golf Club, Rhodes. All players played an 18-hole qualifying round on Monday morning to determine seeding into match play.

On the Men’s side, Gene Elliott was medalist of the qualifying round with 66 (-6) and earned the #1 seed into match play on Tuesday morning. J.D. Anderson, playing along side Elliott on Monday, earned the #2 seed with a 67 (-5) of his own.

A total of 16 men will teed it up this morning (Wednesday) and those surviving into quarterfinal matches this afternoon are Jon Olson/Josh Black, Tripp Kinney/Sam Zoske, Charles Jahn/Jon Brown and Conner Koberg/Aaron Stevens.

Semifinals, which were played Thursday morning, saw Tripp Kinney (pictured above) come out on top against Josh Black (5&4). In the other semifinal, Conner Koberg outlasted Jon Brown (1 up). Both Kinney and Koberg, who squared off in the finals, play golf for Iowa State University. Black and Brown have long since exhausted their eligibility.

In the final match, Kinney used a quick start to race to a 3 up lead after only five holes. He made the turn 4 up and never looked back, cruising to a 6&5 victory over his good fiend and teammate.

“My goal this week to just stay steady through all my matches,” Kinney said. “I just wanted to make a ton of pars. I did a really good job sticking to my game plan. It’s a tough golf course and it got windy.”

Click here for complete brackets and starting times for the 29th IGA Match Play.

Snelling wins 6th IGA Women’s Match Play title

Jenny Heinz, last year’s runner-up, shot 80 (+8) to secure medalist in the qualifying portion of the women’s side and was the #1 seed into match play.

The finals of the 6th IGA Women’s Match Play featured Emily Snelling against Tenley Moretti. Snelling defeated Karli Karrigan on Wednesday morning, while Moretti dispatched defending champion Julie Buerman.

In the final match, Snelling (pictured right) outlasted Moretti (left) 3&2 in a hard-fought, back and forth match.

“I am glad I won the 15th hole (to win the match),” Snelling commented.

Click here for a complete recap brackets in the 6th IGA Women’s Match Play.

Team Iowa wins Junior Girls’ 4-State by 10 strokes

Pictured above (from left) Team Iowa – Casey Noble, Sarah Nacos, Hannah Bermel, Sydney Eaton, Paige Hoffman

WICHITA, KAN. – For the second year in a row Team Iowa closed out Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to claim the Junior Girls’ 4-State Championship.

After the first round of play at Wichita Country Club Team Iowa combined for a 315 total led by Hannah Bermel with a 6-over par 77. Sarah Nacos and Paige Hoffman both carded a 79, while Sydney Eaton (80) and Casey Noble (85) rounded out the group.

Team Kansas posted a 313 total securing their place at the top of the leaderboard by two strokes. Team Nebraska joined together for a 323 and Missouri finished at a 339 to land in fourth place.

Team Iowa capitalized on perfect scoring conditions Thursday and improved on their team total by 12 strokes, finishing with a 618. Team Kansas took a step backwards with their 315 team total and finished at 628. Team Nebraska and Missouri also improved on their first round total, but it was not enough to move positions in the standings.

Julia Misemer of Overland Park, Kan. took medalist honors with a 77-74—151 total. Bermel, Eaton and Nacos all finished with a 152 total placing them in a 4-way tie for second.

This is the 13th time in 4-State history that Team Iowa will be engraved in the traveling trophy.

Iowa: 315-303–618
Kansas: 313-315–628
Nebraska: 323-311–634
Missouri: 339-318–657

Team Iowa
Hannah Bermel 77-75—152
Sydney Eaton 80-72—152
Sarah Nacos 79-73—152
Paige Hoffman 79-83—162
Casey Noble 85-85—170

The 4-State Junior Girls’ Championship is composed of a golf team from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Each team consists of five girls and two coaches from each state. The four low scores of each team are added each day and totaled after the second day to determine the winner. The medalist is determined by the low two day total score.

Click here for full results

Iowa Junior, Girls’ Junior Amateur champions crowned

The 2017 Iowa Junior, Girls’ Junior Amateur is concluded on Thursday at Ames’ Coldwater Golf Links. This two-round event featured the best players, both boys and girls, from across the state. Coldwater GL proved to be a firm, but fair, test for players as scores for those in divisions that played two days reflected the challenge.

Cole Davis (74-75) played steady golf to win the Boy’s 14-15 Division, defeating Conner Van Weelden (73-76) on the first playoff hole. Ashley DeLong outdistanced runner-up Grace Vandersee to win the Girls’ 14-15 division.

In a battle to the end, Andrew Wood battled back on day two to capture the Iowa Junior Amateur (Boy’s 16-18) title. Wood posted rounds of 75-74 to slip by first round leader Jake Marvelli (71-79) by a single shot. A total of 8 players finished with in four strokes off the lead. Brooke Boardman left no doubt in the Girls’ 16-18 Division, as she posted rounds of 82-78 to win the 2017 Junior Girls’ Amateur crown.

Check a full recap of scoring from all division by clicking here.

Boys’ 11 & Under, Girls’ 11 & Under Division
From left – Girls’ 11 & Under Champion Meghan DeLong,
Boys’ 11 & Under Champion Evan Smith and Runner-up Gavin Drake.
Girls’ 12-13 Division
From left – Girls’ 12-13 Champion Maura Peters
and Runner-up Rebecca DeLong.
Girls’ 14-15 DivisionFrom left – Girls’ 14-15 Champion Ashley DeLong
and Runner-up Grace Vandersee.
Girls’ 16-18 Division
From left – Girls’ 16-18 Champion Brooke Boardman,
Runner-up Casey Noble and Third Place Hanna Zikuda.
Boy’s 16-18 Division
From left – Boy’s 16-18 Champion Andrew Wood,
Runner-up Jake Marvelli and Third Place Brock Barnhart

Buerman Victorious Over Nelson in Final Match

WILLIAMSBURG, IOWA – Julie Buerman of Cedar Rapids won her final match against Kelly Nelson of Waterloo this afternoon, finishing first in the championship flight at the Forever 39 Match Play Championship at Stone Creek Golf Course in Williamsburg, Iowa.

Buerman shot a one over 37 in the stroke play round during the morning of the first day, putting her just one stroke behind the leader Nelson and giving her the second seed in the Championship Flight. That afternoon she went on to win her first match against Robin Webb of Clive with a two up finish after the ninth hole.

She continued to dominate on the second day and won her morning match against Rose Kubesheski of Dubuque with a one up finish on the ninth. Despite windy conditions in the afternoon, Buerman was able to win her match against Nelson five and three. Her final score was a four-under 32 and the course record at Stone Creek Golf Course. “I was making lots of putts. I could just see the line and have the distance on just about every green,” said Buerman.

Buerman, who also coaches the Girl’s Golf team at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids has won this event twice in the last three years. “I think it is a more relaxed tournament. There are a great group of ladies who play in this tournament and that always makes it fun,” said Buerman. “It is just a different atmosphere and it is great.”

Jennifer Corkrean of Ankeny, was the champion of the first flight after beating out Lora Winter of Walford in the final match two and one. Nicki Clayton of Greenfield won the second flight with a four and two final match against Mary Nelson of Ankeny.

“It was just a great course and kept well. I am really looking forward to coming back here,” said Buerman. Stone Creek Golf Course was a gracious host during this event and prove to be a great venue that fostered competitive play and a fantastic challenge for the field.

Forever 39 Play Starts off Strong

WILLIAMSBURG, IOWA – Kelly Nelson from Waterloo, Iowa fired a solid even par this morning to place her at the top of the leaderboard in the Iowa Golf Association’s Forever 39 stroke play qualifier. She finished the afternoon strong and won her match against Kathy Fortune from Rockwell City, Iowa.

The Forever 39 Match-Play event is being held at Stone Creek Golf Course in Williamsburg, Iowa. The nine-hole course was ranked Top 25 in the nation by Golf Digest in 2011. “The course is great! I wish it was in Waterloo! It is just so great to be out here and to play competitive matches with ladies who all really want to win,” said Nelson.

Kelly Nelson played at University of Northern Iowa from 1993 to 1997. “I’ve really been playing well all summer long. I have been focusing a lot on my short game and it just showed today.” said Nelson. She ended the day with only three bogeys.
Play will continue tomorrow with round two of match play in the morning and a final round of match play in the afternoon.

Forever 39 Match Play Homepage

Luett, Lierz move on to U.S. Junior Amateur

It took a great score.

Jacob Luett (Clinton) and Hank Lierz (St. Joseph, Mo) fired rounds of 66 and 67 respectively on Monday, June 19, at Otter Creek Golf Course and qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur.

Luett, who’s medalist-winning performance featured six birdies and only one bogey, commented that he tried to give himself a lot of look at birdies. Luett headed to play at Missouri S&T this fall.

“I just tried to give myself chances,” Luett said.

Lierz, fresh off his Missouri Junior Match Play title, found five birdies to go along with a lone bogey of his own at Otter Creek GC. Lierz will be a junior in high school this fall.

“I like course,” Lierz said. “I hit a lot of greens and made a few birdies. You could hit a lot of fairways out here and get wedge in your hands. I hit it well, which was nice.”

The U.S. Junior Amateur will be played July 17-22 at Flint Hills National Golf Club, Andover, KS.

Click here to see a full recap of all scoring.

Several from Iowa at 2017 PGA Professional Championship

The 50th Annual PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, will be held June 18-21 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. There are seven Iowa Section Pros competing in this event. They are:

  • Darin Fisher – Head PGA Professional at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
  • Chad Proehl – Teaching Professional at Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course
  • Judd Gibb – Head PGA Professional at Lakeside Golf Course
  • Aaron Krueger – Director of Golf at Wakonda Club
  • Ryan McClintock – Teaching Professional at Davenort Country Club
  • Jeff Schmid – Teaching Professional at Brown Deer Golf Club
  • Tracy Vest – Teaching Professional at Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Nebraska PGA Section Pros, from Iowa competing are:

  • Jonathan Beaver – Head PGA Professional at Landsmeer Golf Club
  • Nick Wanderscheid – Head PGA Professional at Green Valley Golf Club

Follow all the action, including scoring from the 312-player field here.

Five Elected to the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame “Class of 2017”

The Iowa Golf Association is pleased to welcome the addition of five new members to the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. John Ausen of Urbandale, Rick Brown of Pleasant Hill, Jerry Smith of Scottsdale, AZ, Emil Roewert (deceased) and Brad Schuchat of Lakewood Ranch, FL were inducted as the “Class of 2017” at Hyperion Field Club, Johnston, on Tuesday, June 12.

This induction raises the total membership in the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame to 74.

Brad Schuchat
Brad Schuchat’s career of dominance in the state of Iowa began in 1965 with his victory at the Iowa State Junior Championship. Schuchat led his Des Moines Roosevelt golf team to a state championship in 1967 before heading off to the University of Iowa, where he would earn All Big Ten honors in 1970. While in college, Schuchat would capture the 1969 Iowa Amateur.

Following his collegiate days in Iowa City, Schuchat would travel the state, and the country, winning many tournaments. A few of those accomplishments include:
-Herman Sani Open Champion – 1970, 1975
-IGA Player of the Year – 1970, 1971
-Iowa Masters Champion – 1970, 1971
-T9th at U.S. Amateur, alternate to The Masters – 1971
-U.S. Open competitor – 1974, 1976
-Iowa Amateur Champion – 1980
-Iowa Open Champion – 1980

Schuchat also made the cut at the 1971 Quad Cities Open (now John Deere Classic) as an amteur, a feat that wasn’t replicated for 42 years.

Schuchat was known as a fierce competitor, yet was described as one who would play with a high level of integrity and respect for the game.

“When Brad was in his prime, I used to watch him practice over at Willow Creek. He was just a tough competitor.,” Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Mike McCoy stated.

The respect for Schuchat goes well beyond the titles he collected over his career.

“The true measure of a golfer runs deeper than his scores and his trophies,” fellow 2017 Iowa Golf Hall of Fame inductee Rick Brown said. “Brad Schuchat has always played and represented the game as a true gentleman.”

Emil Roewert
Emil Roewert spent over 60 years as a PGA golf professional and golf course superintendent, all within the state of Iowa. Starting in 1953 Roewert served the golfers in Osage, Perry, Fairfield and Shenandoah before moving to Fort Madison in 1964 to become the head professional and superintendent at Shaeffer Memorial Golf Course. He spent 25 years as the professional at Shaeffer Memorial GC and retired in December 1988.

Roewert was a Life Member of the PGA and became a member of the Half-Century Club (Fifty years as an active member of the PGA); the PGA honored him for this achievement in 1999.

During his time in Fort Madison, he gave tireless service to all the playing members at Shaeffer Memorial and his additional work with the PGA in Iowa was especially outstanding.

Roewert served as president of the Iowa Section of the PGA for four years (1966-1969) and was named Iowa Golf Professional of the Year on two separate occasions (1968 and 1976). He also won the Horton Smith Award for the Iowa Section of the PGA twice (1972 and 1977); the Horton Smith award is given to PGA members who promote and improve the PGA’s educational programs within the Section.

“Emil was an extremely dedicated teacher and proponent of the game of golf, both for his members and his fellow professionals,” Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Webb once stated.

While formally serving as President of the Iowa PGA section, Roewert was also the Secretary, Treasurer and Tournament Director for the organization. From the time of his presidency and for several years after he held office, he was considered as the strongest member of the section and a principal reason that the section was even able to function.

Roewert’s more than sixty years of service to the PGA and to Iowa golf, without a doubt, made all of Iowa golf stronger.

Jerry Smith
Jerry Smith, originally from Oskaloosa, has made a career out of golf that many would envy.

Starting in 1982, Smith has been a top performer at every level he has been at including high school (1982 Iowa State High School individual champion), college (NJCAA Champion at Mackinnan Junior College and All-Southwest Conference at Baylor University), amateur (1986 Iowa Amateur, Match Play Champion – first person to win both in the same year) and professionally (1989, 90 & 94 Herman Sani Champion, 1998 Guam Open Champion, 2004 leading money winner on the Gateway Tour, five years on the PGA Tour, one year on European Senior Tour and currently on his third year of membership on the PGA Champions Tour including a win in 2015 at the Encompass Championship).

Smith’s earnings on the Web.Com, PGA Champions and PGA Tour, as of 1/25/17, total just over $3.5 million.

“Those of us who know him (would say) he is also a fine gentleman, loving father and husband and a friend to all he has met,” Jeff Smith, PGA, Jerry’s brother said.

Rick Brown
Rick Brown came to the Des Moines Register in 1978. As a fantastic sports writer in general and with a terrific knack for covering golf, Brown has done it enthusiastically on both the amateur and professional side of golf throughout his career – including covering the careers of Iowa Golf Hall of Fame members Zach Johnson, Gene Elliott and Mike McCoy just to name a few.

An 11-time Iowa Sportswriter of the Year winner, Brown recently retired from The Register in December of 2015. Over the years Brown has dutifully updated, maintained and added to ‘The Book’ – which is a large binder started by Bert McGrane that has newspaper clippings, scores, photos and other information from IGA championship and point events dating back several decades – sometimes dedicating hours searching through microfiche for old stories and information to add.

“Rick has done a tremendous job documenting and compiling the history of IGA Championships and Point Events throughout the years,” IGA Executive Director Chad Pitts said. “It’s always neat to see the stat or fact that Rick will come up with as it relates to the current year’s Iowa Amateur – that type of info always seems to be on the tip of his tongue.”

Mike Green, Director of Athletic Communications at Iowa State University also echoes Pitts’ comments.

“Rick has been one of Iowa golf’s greatest ambassadors,” Green said. “Simply put he is the Grantland Rice of Iowa Golf. If Rick called to do a story, you felt pretty special.”

John Ausen, CGCS
John Ausen’s illustrious career as a golf course superintendent began and ended in the state of Iowa. Originally from Rockford, Ausen career would take him from famed Firestone Country Club, in Akron, OH, to Quincy (IL) Country Club, then to Field Club of Omaha and then for 32 years at Hyperion Field Club in Johnston, beginning in 1983.

During his time at Hyperion, Ausen would become quite established in the Iowa turf community. In those early days at Hyperion many regulatory issues faced his profession – Ausen would jump in with both feet and fought hard for the causes most important to superintendents including, but not limited to, water rights for golf courses and legislation that limits the rights of individual municipalities to regulate pesticides. Ausen also spent several years beginning in the late 1990s educating the Iowa DNR about golf course water use. His efforts helped many at the Iowa DNR understand the economics of golf course irrigation as well as importance of water recharge when used to irrigate turfgrass.

Ausen has also donated his time to several positions and boards including:
1987-1994 Iowa GCSA ‘Reporter’ newsletter Editor
1985-2009 Iowa Alliance for Environmental Concerns (IaAEC) Board of Directors
2001 Iowa GCSA Vice President
2002 Iowa GCSA President
1999-2003, 2011-2013 Iowa GCSA Board of Directors

Additional accomplishments for Ausen include:
1985, 1990, 1994 Iowa GCSA Distinguished Service Award (only three-time winner dating back to 1962 records)
1994 Iowa GCSA Superintendent of the Year Award
1988 Iowa GCSA Calhoun Writing Award
2001 Iowa Turfgrass Institute Meritorious Service Award
2015 IGA 18-hole Superintendent of the Year

In addition to his industry work, Ausen has also been involved in the Hickory Golf Association in promoting the game.

“John has been a role model for many in his personal life,” Rick Tegtmeier, CGCS MG, Director of Grounds, Des Moines Golf & Country Club said. “It has been an honor growing up in his shadow. More importantly for me it has been an honor trying to be a golf course superintendent like John Ausen.”

The Iowa Golf Hall of Fame is operated by the Iowa Golf Association under its charitable arm the IGA Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting golf and its positive values. Tax deductible donations and gifts to support the development of the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame are welcome and encouraged.

Brown adds 2017 Carroll Am title to resume

Jon Brown added another title to his resume, winning the 2017 edition of the Carroll Amateur. Brown outdistanced J.J. Cooney by a pair of strokes. Brown posted rounds of 73-74-74 to claim the championship.

Rounding out the top five were Zach Christianson, Brad Krohn and Wes Buttenbach/Will Babcock (T5th). High temperatures and winds led to high scores throughout the field at Carroll Country Club.

Bret Taylor, who shot 68 in his final round (-3) won the Senior Division and Rob Christensen won the Super Senior Division.

Click here to see a recap of all scoring here.

2017 Ann Griffel Scholarship Winners Announced

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Ann Griffel Scholarship Award (Griffel is pictured above in sport  coat).  Anne Gradoville, Johanna Vander Wilt, Abby Koch, Ann Hedlund and Beth Stolte will receive a one year scholarship of $2,000. These girls will join a group of 223 other students to have received this award since 1963.

Anne Gradoville is the daughter of Bernard and Kathleen Gradoville. She is a graduate of Dowling Catholic High School and plans on attending the University of Northern Iowa in the fall. While there she intends to study speech pathology. She will be representing the University of Northern Iowa as a member of their Women’s Golf team.



Johanna Vander Wilt is the daughter of David and Maggie Vander Wilt. She just graduated South Hardin High School in Eldora, IA. She will be attending Wartburg College in the fall and begin her studies in Elementary Education. She has also been asked to join Wartburg’s Women’s Golf team, be a manager for the volleyball team and tryout for a spot on the cheer team.



Abby Koch is the daughter of Ron and Mary Koch. She has completed her high school career at East High School is Sioux City, IA. In the fall she will attend Morningside College and pursue a degree in Graphic Design. Abby will also be continuing her golf career on the Morningside College Women’s Golf team.



Ann Hedlund is the daughter of Troy and Debra Hedlund. She attended Akron Westfield Senior High in Akron, IA. Ann has been accepted to Briar Cliff University, where she will pursue and education in Nursing. She will compete on the Briar Cliff Women’s Golf team this coming fall.



Beth Stolte graduated from Winterset High School in Winterset, IA this spring, and is attending Simpson College in the fall. At Simpson College, she intends to pursue a degree in Clinical Health Sciences. Beth will also be continuing her golf career as a member of Simpson’s Women’s Golf team.



The Ann Griffel Scholarship was established in 1963. It originated as just one $350 scholarship awarded by the Iowa Women’s Golf Association (IWGA) and has evolved into a $2,000 scholarship awarded to multiple high school senior girls who intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school.

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation (IGAF) was established to preserve the game and develop more programs to promote the future of golf in Iowa. The IGAF awards the Ann Griffel scholarship each year. This scholarship was named after the long time IWGA President, Ann Griffel, who during her 23 year term started the Girls’ State Junior, Forever 39, State Wife-Husband and Senior Women’s Championships.

The Iowa Golf Association serves as the governing body of golf for the state of Iowa. Run by amateur golfers the IGA provides a variety of programs and services that benefit everyone who plays the game

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