Month: June 2017

Women’s Golf Day Celebration Comes to Cedar Rapids

Today 46 countries will participate in a global Women’s Golf Day. With over 701 locations worldwide, Cedar Rapids, Iowa will have four courses participate in this year’s goal to inspire action and create a global impact.

Lisa Miller, PGA Master Professional and Director of Golf Operations at the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation, was excited to announce four courses in the area that would be offering special deals for female golfers in honor of the event.

The following four golf facilities in Cedar Rapids will be offering free carts to all women who play today: Ellis Golf Course, Gardner Memorial Golf Course, Jones Golf Course and Twin Pines Golf Course. The normal rates at all of these courses are $10 for nine holes per player and $16 for eighteen holes per player.

Women’s Golf Day is a one day event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to engage, empower and support women in all aspects of golf. Women’s Golf Day is meant to encourage women to pursue the game to grow their network and engage in the golf community in a fun and non-intimidating environment.

So far the event has over 29,100 participants worldwide. The Iowa Golf Association serves as the governing body of golf for the state of Iowa. As such, we enthusiastically support any program, event or effort to encourage the game of golf and welcome new golfers into the community.

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.

Several from Iowa, with state ties chase U.S. Open dream today

Known by many as ‘Golf’s Longest Day’, several players either from Iowa or with Iowa ties are set to chase the dream of the U.S. Open at today’s sectional qualifiers being held across the country. Players will compete over 36-holes with a chance of qualifying for the U.S. Open to be played at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin, June 12-18.

Lakewood CC – Dallas, TX
Mike McCoy (West Des Moines)

Brookside G&CC/The Lakes G&CC – Columbus, OH
Brian Bullington (Former U of Iowa)
Nate Yankovich (Former U of Iowa)

Springfield CC – Springfield, OH
Mitch Tucker (Oskaloosa)
Matthew Mickelson (Lamoni)
Vince India (Former U of Iowa)
Michael Roters (North Liberty)

Germantown C.C./Ridgeway C.C. – Memphis, Tenn.
Cameron White (Former Iowa State U)
Michael Wuertz (Davenport, Former Iowa State U)

Hawks Ridge GC – Ball Ground, Ga.
Andrew O’Brien (Clive)

Elliott goes back to back at IGA Senior Match Play

Gene Elliott never played the 15th hole at Fort Dodge Country Club during this year’s IGA Senior Match Play.

“That was the key for me,” Elliott said jokingly.

In the final match, against Tom Norton, Elliott found himself in unfamiliar territory, 2 down through four holes. Elliott would win the fifth hole with a par and then would rattle off four straight birdies on #7-10 to take a commanding 3 up lead. Elliott would add two more birdies, six total in an eight-hole stretch, to close out Norton 5&4.

The win marks the second year in a row that Elliott has won this event and his third IGA Senior Match Play title overall.

Click here to see a recap of all the matches.

Elliott, Norton advance to IGA Senior Match Play Final; Evans wins President’s Bracket

Gene Elliott raced out to an early lead and never let up against Fort Dodge CC member Dave Sergeant, winning his match 6&5. Elliott will now face Tom Norton, who defeated Jay Slings in 19 holes, in the IGA Senior Match Play Championship Match.

In the President’s Bracket Final, Edwin Evans defeated John Brooke 4&2. Evans mentioned that he was able to get off to a nice start and not make too many mistakes as the morning went along at Fort Dodge Country Club.

“I got up early in the match and just tried to hit fairways and greens,” Evans said. “I was just trying to not hit it in the rough.”

Click here for a full recap of all matches.


Down to four at IGA Senior Match Play

Great weather and golf shots have been seen across all of Fort Dodge Country Club for this year’s IGA Senior Match Play Championship.

Entering today’s action, Ankeny’s Jay Slings will square off against Muscatine’s Tom Norton is one semifinal match, while West Des Moines’ Gene Elliott faces Fort Dodge resident and FDCC member Dave Sergeant in the other semifinal. Sergeant has won the Senior Match Play title a total of four times. Elliott has collected two.

In the President’s Bracket John Brooke and Edwin Evans will play this morning in the championship match of that bracket. Brooke advance with a 5&4 victory over Randy Studer on Friday afternoon and Evans had to go one extra hole to defeat Randy McCaulley.

The finals of the Championship Bracket will be played this afternoon.

Click here to see a recap of all matches.

Click here to read an article from the Fort Dodge Messenger on the event.

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