Month: May 2018

2018 Herman Sani Scholarship recipients named

Herman Sani (right) is seen talking with Gene Sarazen in August, 1950.  Sani served as IGA President in 1929.

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Herman Sani Scholarship Awards. Ryan Fedders, of Sioux Center, Lucas Scherf, of Grinnell, Mia Hoogeveen, of Lester, and Somer Sinnard, of Carroll, will receive a four year scholarship of $2,000 per year. The individuals will be recognized at the Herman Sani Golf Tournament held at Hyperion Field Club, Johnston, Fri-Sun, Aug 10-12.

Ryan Fedders is the son of Ron and Marg Fedders. He is a graduate of Unity Christian High School and will be attending Dordt College in the fall to study Finance and Accounting. He will also be playing golf for the Defenders.

“I am extremely thankful for being selected as a Herman Sani Scholar,” Fedders said. “It is a huge honor to be chosen by the selection committee from the large list of applicants. This is something I will remember for years to come.”


Lucas Scherf is the son of Steve and Heidi Scherf and is a graduate of Grinnell Community Senior High School. Lucas plans to attend Drake University in the fall and will focus on studying Finance and Accounting and play golf for the Bulldogs.

“It is an honor to be a recipient of the Herman Sani Scholarship and join a long list of incredible men and women,” Scherf said. “Through golf, academia, and life, I seek to continue to uphold Mr. Sani’s values he set forth in his own life.”


Mia Hoogeveen is the daughter of Jeff and Missy Hoogeveen. She is a graduate of West Lyon High School and will be attending Northwestern College this fall. She will be be studying either Pre-Med or Secondary Education. She will also be playing both basketball and golf at Northwestern.

“I would like to thank the Herman Sani Scholarship Committee for awarding me this scholarship,” Hoogeveen said. “I am very honored and grateful to receive this scholarship. I am excited to have the chance to play in the Herman Sani tournament, and look forward to using the money awarded to help me pay for my education at Northwestern College next year.”


Somer Sinnard is the daughter of Steve and Keeley Sinnard and is a graduate of Carroll High School. She will be attending the University of Iowa and plans to study Engineering.

“I just think it’s really awesome that I was able to turn my love for golf into something that really benefits my future with this scholarship,” Sinnard said. “I won’t be golfing in college, but all the hard work I put in to improve my game during high school feels like it has paid off in more ways than one. Receiving this scholarship is a huge honor and I feel privileged to be one of the golfers selected.”


The Herman Sani Scholarship Program was established in 1958. Herman Sani had a passion for golf for golf and young people. Sani was the first director of the Iowa Golf Association and served the organization for over 30 years. This scholarship was created his memory with the purpose to assist Iowa students to further their education. As of 2017, 175 college-bound students have been awarded this four-year scholarship.

Most of the scholarship money comes from the generous donations by individuals and corporate sponsors. Since 2013 the Coppola family of Norwalk has contributor $250,000 to the Herman Sani Scholarship Fund. The Iowa Golf Association and point events from around the state also make significant contributions to the fund. For more information about the scholarship visit our website at

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.

2018 Ann Griffel Scholarship Winners Announced

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Ann Griffel Scholarship Award (Griffel is pictured above in sport coat). Casey Noble, Alisha Ford, Molly Carey, Bailee Frayne and Robyn Stillmunkes will receive a one year scholarship of $2,000. These girls will join a group of 228 other students to have received this award since 1963.

Casey Noble is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Noble. She is a graduate of New London High School and plans on attending Mount Mercy University. She intends to study Accounting while in college.

“Thank you to the Ann Griffel committee for selecting me for this honor,” Noble said. “The game of golf has always been a big part of my life and to be able to play golf in college along with earning a golf scholarship is a dream come true. I hope to be a role model for young golfers in the future as it is also my dream to become a high school golf coach.”




Molly Carey is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Carey. She is a graduate of Van Meter High School and will attend Graceland University this fall. She plans on majoring in Mathematics.

“I couldn’t have been more excited when I received the text notifying me about being selected for this scholarship while I was playing golf with my family,” Carey said. “It is such an honor for me to receive a golf scholarship in general and even more incredible to get this one! Thank you so much, and I look forward to attending the banquet with my family.”



Bailee Frayne is the daughter of Bryan and Cheila Frayne. She is a graduate of Garner Hayfield Ventura High School and will be attending William Penn University to study Elementary Education this fall.

“It is such an honor to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Ann Griffel Scholarship,” Frayne said. “I admire the work Ann did in promoting the game of golf and her focus on women in golf especially. I hope to do my part in continuing to promote the sport and represent the Ann Griffel Scholarship the best way I know how. I am very grateful to have been selected.”



Robyn Stillmunkes is the daughter of Randy and Renee Stillmunkes. She is a graduate of Bellevue High School and will attend the University of Iowa to study Human Health and Physiology (Pre-Med) this fall.

“Being selected for this scholarship is a huge honor,” Stillmunkes said. “I have always loved golf but I never thought I would get a scholarship for doing something I love. I appreciate this opportunity and I am very excited to be attending the University of Iowa next year. I want to thank the Ann Griffel Scholarship Committee for helping me achieve my goals of pursuing higher education.”


Alisha Ford is the daughter of Anita and Tom Ford. She is a graduate of Grinnell High School. She will be attending Wartburg College in the fall. At the time of this release she was undecided on an area of study in college.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as an Ann Griffel scholarship recipient,” Ford said. “I am thankful that I had the opportunity to play and achieve many great things playing the game of golf. Golf has influenced me as a person by giving me confidence in my abilities and teaching me to persevere during tough times. It taught me how to work hard for something that I want, which has built my character. I am so grateful for all of the people who encouraged me in my love for the game and believed that I could and will continue to achieve my goals. I can’t wait to be on the Wartburg College golf team next year and continue playing the game I love.”

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

Sani Scholar Broc Everett wins NCAA D1 National Championship

Broc Everett (right), of West Des Moines, never stopped working hard. His determination came to its peak on Monday as he captured the 2018 NCAA D1 National Championship at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, OK.

Playing for Augusta and ranked #153 according to Golfstat, Everett kept kept his head down and put together rounds of 70-70-70-71, which put him at 281 (-7) and tied with Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno. A birdie on the first playoff hole gave Everett the championship and sent shockwaves all the way back to central Iowa. The win marked Everett’s first win in college – it’s safe to say he saved his best for last.

Everett (pictured above – back right), a 2013 Herman Sani Scholarship winner, made a total of 14 birdies over four rounds, but more importantly made no worse than bogey at the challenging Karsten Creek.

Click here to view a full recap of scoring from the championship.

2018 IGHSAU State Tournament Central

The 2018 Iowa Girl’s High School State Golf Tournaments are underway today (May 29).  They will conclude with the final round tomorrow.

The four classes are spread across four golf courses in Iowa.  1A is being contested at American Legion GC in Marshalltown, 2A at Lake Panorama National GC in Panora, 3A is at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and 4A is at Elmwood CC in Marshalltown.

Click here to follow the scoring, as all sites will be updating scores about every six holes.


Bull/Drenth win 23rd IGA Four-Ball, Cook/Palmer repeat in Senior Division

Dusty Drenth and Dennis Bull (-15) put together two fine days of golf. After opening the 23rd IGA Four-Ball at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames with a 64 (-8), posted 65 (-7) to outdistance the side of Matthew Walker/Aaron O’Brien by two strokes. Bull/Drenth (pictured above) made a total of birdies over two rounds.

The side of Bill Matzdorf/Jason Thornbrugh turned in tournament low round in Saturday’s final round, firing 62 (-10) to finish at -12, three strokes off the lead.

“It was a good team effort,” Bull said. “We have ourselves a lot of chances. Dusty really takes advantages of the par fives. The putt (25’) Dusty made today on #9 to save par kept us going. We were going to make birdies, but we were able to stay away from bogeys.”

Drenth praised the play of his partner as well.

“Denny just keeps it in play,” Drenth said. “He rips it down the middle and is a really good iron player on par threes. He freed me up to be aggressive. I hit more drivers than I normally would. We both made some putts we needed to.”

The win marked the first IGA victory for Bull after many near misses.

“It feels good,” Bull said. “I have had several runner-ups, but it’s nice to bring home the trophy. I had a good partner. I think we partner up again next year.”

In the Senior Division, Joe Palmer and Terry Cook (pictured right) repeated as champions thanks to 17 birdies between the two of them (twice they both made birdie on the same hole). Palmer/Cook, who posted 64 (-8) in the opening round, followed that up with a 65 (-7) in the final round. The side of Ron Peterson/Jay Gregory also played well, finishing at -13 for the tournament, two strokes back of the lead.

“We really just tried to stay patient,” Cook said. “We kept the ball in front of us and never made bogey (in two rounds).”

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Fields makes comeback, wins 2018 Tri-State Masters

Courtesy of Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal

It took a monumental collapse for it to happen, but Adam Fields (right) achieved a rare and coveted feat Sunday at Green Valley Golf Club.

The 30-year-old Sioux City native and Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy came from behind to win the Tri-State Masters by one shot and complete a career grand slam of “major” golf titles.

Fields, who bested Corey Matthey by a stroke, added the Tri-State crown to his Men’s City (2009) ,three River-Cade Amateur (2013-14-15) and Interstate Amateur (2016) victories.

That alone is noteworthy enough, but Fields prevailed after starting the day eight shots behind Des Moines resident Sam Pieczyznki, who completely unraveled after two superb rounds.

Read more from Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal

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Family affair at 2018 Southeast Iowa Amateur

It was a family affair at this year’s Southeast Iowa Amateur. While Willis Gaer (right) ran away with the Open Division title by 10 shots, his dad, Dave charged to the win in the Senior Division after trailing by two going into the final round at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake.

Willis, who opened with a pair of 68s, finished with a tournament record 170 (-10) after the 45 hole event. He made 10 birdies and a pair of eagles to outdistance Patrick Hall and Pedro Velasco, who finished second and third respectively.

In the Senior Division, Dave Gaer posted a pair of 69s, including a sizzling 31 on the back nine in the second round to edge opening round leader Joe Bates by two strokes. The elder Gaer finished with a total of 9 birdies over 36 holes to take take the victory.

In the Super Senior Division, Jim Campbell posted rounds of 70-78, good for a four shot victory over Del Harken and Tim Taylor.

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Bull, Jahn compete at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Dennis Bull of Norwalk and Charles Jahn of Sperry are competing this weekend at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in Jupiter Hills, Florida.  They are not partners, however.

Bull is teamed up with Andrew Price of Lake Bluff, Illinois while Jahn’s partner is Sam Range of Waterloo, Illinois.

There are 128 sides competing in two rounds of stroke play (May 19 & 20) to make the top 32, which will comprise the match play draw.

Follow the scoring here.

Four move one step close to Shinnecock Hills

U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers – (L-R) Lucas Scherf, Zach Steffen, Sean McCarty. Not pictured – Dennis Bull.

Four players will move one step close to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club after surviving the Local Qualifier at Glen Oaks Country Club on Monday.

Professional Sean McCarty was medalist with an impressive 67 (-4) on the day.

“I drove the ball good today,” McCarty said. “I kept it in play and out here you have to stay below the hole. The greens were slippery, you had to be careful. The rough was thick. If you weren’t driving it well, you’d have a long day. It was a great day to play with the wind being down.”

McCarty’s round included five birdies and just a lone bogey, which he admitted was due to a three putt.

“I only did that once,” McCarty said. “Which is good out here with those slick greens.”

Amateur Dennis Bull, who turned in 32 (-3) on the front nine, played even on the way in to grab a spot into the Sectional Qualifier with a 68 (-3). Also qualifying into Sectionals were amateur Lucas Scherf and professional Zach Steffen, both shooting 69 (-2) on the day.

Andrew Huseman will be 1st Alternate after posting 71 (E), while Jake Marvelli, 72 (+1), won a four-way playoff on the first playoff hole to secure the 2nd Alternate spot.

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Fisher qualifies in Omaha
In a Local Qualifier held in Omaha, NE, Darin Fisher (Albia) qualified into sectionals. The qualifier was administered by the Nebraska Golf Association on May 17. Read more about Fisher by clicking here.

Anderson wins 33rd Iowa Mid-Amateur, final round rained out

The final round of the 33rd Iowa Mid-Amateur at Burlington Golf Club was cancelled due to heavy rains that rolled into town just as the final groups were finishing their opening hole.

J.D. Anderson, of Johnston, set the pace after day one with an opening round 68 (-4). Anderson was declared the winner when the announcement was made to cancel the final round.

“I said to myself yesterday that this is how I wanted to start the year,” Anderson said. “You can’t get above the hole here. This course can be penal if you go in the wrong spot. I was lucky to play a practice round and figure some of that out.”

Terry Cook (left) won a four-way playoff for the Senior Division title. Cook made a par on the second playoff hole to earn the victory.

Dan Dalziel (right), who posted 69 (-3) to lead the Super Senior Division (65 year and older) by six shots over Jim Campbell after the opening round, was declared winner in that division.

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