Month: June 2018

Snyder named to American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Golf Team

The 2017-18 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Golf Teams were selected based on performance, level of competition and strength of schedule. Junior golf success was a secondary consideration, and those who did not compete regularly for their high school were not considered. Players from states that play in the fall or spring were eligible for selection.

Britta Snyder (pictured above – photo by Kelsey Kremer, The Register), a First Team selection, played 15 matches for Gilbert High School this spring and won them all, including a runaway victory at the Iowa Class 3A state tournament where her 2-under-par 142 left her 13 shots clear of the field. The No. 50-ranked player in the country by the American Junior Golf Association, she also won the Iowa Women’s Amateur last summer by 13 strokes.

Youth is served on this year’s team with five sophomores, including repeat ALL-USA Golfer of the Year Rachel Heck from Tennessee, and two freshmen dotting the teams.

North Carolina is the only state with multiple members, including three-time selection Jenny Chang. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey and Washington also are represented on the team.

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IGA Match Play, Women’s Match Play Championship begins

The 30th IGA Match Play and 7th IGA Women’s Match Play Championships is underway at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake. With a perfect blend of great golf and natural landscapes, the 7,000-yard course meanders through scenic prairie and oak savannas, and is Audubon-certified in recognition of its sustainable practices, The Preserve should provide competitors with an exceptional golfing experience during the championship.

A new champion will be crowned in both championships as the defending champion Tripp Kinney and Emily Snelling are not in the field this week.

Click here to follow the 30th IGA Match Play

Click here to follow the 7th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship

Doak, Peterson & Sergeant take home titles at Fort Dodge Amateur

Niel Doak (above left) and Ron Peterson (right in blue shirt) were sporting first-timer smiles after securing championships at the 70th Fort Dodge Amateur golf tournament here on Sunday.

And while Dave Sergeant may be an old hat at winning on his home Fort Dodge Country Club soil, the end of an eight-year drought in this event made the 73-year-old local attorney grin from ear-to-ear as well.

Doak earned the open division title by finishing at even-par 213, which was four strokes clear of defending champ Joe Urbanek and first-round leader Willis Gaer. Peterson prevailed in the senior standings by defeating Terry Cook and Dave Henry in a two-hole playoff, and Sergeant fought through iron trouble to come out on top in the super senior bracket.

Click here to read more from Eric Pratt of the Fort Dodge Messenger’s recap

Schwartzkopf prevails at Women’s Forever 39 Match Play

Due to severe storms hitting Mason City and producing over 1.5 inches of rain overnight the front nine was closed for day two of the 55th annual Women’s Forever 39 Match Play.  Luckily the back nine was playable and used for the last two rounds of the tournament.

After nine holes Waterloo’s Kelly Nelson (above left) was 3 up with only two holes to go against Nancy Olberding, good enough to advance her to the final match against Janece Schwartzkopf (Stuart).  Schwartzkopf (above right) took the lead early on and never looked back, winning 2 & 1.

The first flight championship match included Jennifer Corkrean of Ankeny versus Carroll Dethrow of Nevada, who was the 2012 Forever 39 Match Play champion.  Corkrean ultimately prevailed, winning 2 up through nine.

Nicki Clayton and Becky Schwiete battled it out in the second flight bracket.  Never losing a hole, Clayton ended up winning 2 & 1 to be named champion of the second flight.

Iowa Junior Amateurs POSTPONED to Aug 7 & 8

JUNE 19, 2018

The 2018 Iowa Junior Amateurs, originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 & 21, has been postponed to August 7th & 8th.

We have worked out new dates with the Coldwater staff.  The 2018 Iowa Junior Amateur Championships (boys & girls) will be held Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8.  Here is the complete schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 7
    • 11 and under boys & girls play 9 holes
    • 12 to 13 boys & girls play 18 holes
    • 14 to 15 and 16 to 18 boys and girls play their first round (18 holes)
  • Wednesday, August 8
    • 14 to 15 and 16 to 18 boys and girls play their final round (18 holes)

We expect the tee time setup to be the same as originally scheduled, with times ranging from 8 a.m. to about 10 a.m. off both #1 and #10 tees, if that helps in your planning.

In establishing these dates we took into account a wide array of factors including Coldwater’s schedule, the IGA schedule, the Iowa PGA Junior Tour schedule and thinking about High School (4A boys golf in particular) sports and school.  In weighing pros and cons of various dates and how they conflict with all of those things, Aug 7 & 8 stood out as our best option.

Having said that we know that this will not work for everyone.  If you need to withdraw, we will issue a FULL REFUND.  Please just reply to this email or give us a call (515-207-1062) if you need to WD.

Finally, with this date change, we will open entries back up to the public.  If you know of anyone who would like to play on these new dates, please pass the word along.  Entries will remain open through July 30th.

Thank you for your patience as we deal with Mother Nature.



JUNE 18, 2018

The 2018 Iowa Junior Amateurs, originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 & 21, have been postponed.

Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, the host for 2018, was had flooding over many of their holes late last week.  The water stood for a good portion of two days, finally receding late yesterday.  Unfortunately, it left behind lots of mud and silt which is currently in the process of being cleared off.

After looking at course conditions throughout the day today the IGA and our hosts at Coldwater have determined that opening their golf course on Wednesday and Thursday this week just wasn’t possible.  In fact, the Superintendent has informed us that they are “hopeful” the front 9 would be open by Friday at the earliest.

The holes hit the hardest were 5, 6, 7 & 8 and 14 & 15.  Parts of many other holes were also affected in some fashion.  Thankfully the greens are untouched and in great condition.  

The grounds crew at CW has been hard at work all weekend and throughout today to get things cleaned up as best they can.  But the reality is that there is still a lot to do, including pumping some standing water out of low-lying areas.

We will be working with our hosts throughout the day tomorrow (June 19) to establish new dates for the championship.  We are hopeful to have those set by the end of the day tomorrow and will email/text them ASAP. 

Once these new dates are established, anyone who wishes/needs to withdraw will be issued a full refund.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with our hosts.  We are looking forward to presenting an excellent 2018 Iowa Junior Amateur at Coldwater Golf Links later this summer.

Champions crowned at IGA Father-Son, Parent-Child

Participants in the 2018 IGA Father-Son & Parent-Child, held at Jester Park Golf Course, endured warm temperature and wind gusts all weekend. The Father-Son duo of Brian and Todd Rose (above) got off to a hot start of their own, birdieing the first two holes. The Rose’s, who played Sunday morning, made a total of seven birdies on the day in the modified alternate shot format and posted 67 (-5), good enough for the overall title. Finishing runner-up with a 71 (-1) of their own was Mike and Danny McCoy.

In the Father-Son Young Adult Division, the team of Isaiah and Sam Zoske (right) posted 73, good enough for a three-shot victory over Barry and Evan Smith. In the Parent-Child Open Division, Brett and Paige Hoffman paced the field with an impressive 71 (-1). Their round, on Saturday, included three birdied and an eagle. Dennis and Vicki Rodenberg finished in second place with a score of 76 (+4).

Ava and Neil Johnson (left) captured the title in the Parent-Child Young Adult Division, by way of their round of 86 (+14). The Johnson’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the challenging par 5 11th hole at Jester Park GC.

In the Junior Division, played on Jester Park GC’s Par 3 course, Case and Ryan Bishop finished with 64 (+10) to outdistance Grant and Jeff Osby by two in the 8 & under age division. In the 9 & 10 age division Jackson and Matt Zeller (bottom right photo) were one stroke better than runner-up Matt and Noah House. The Zeller’s posted 61 (+7) to win their division.

Click here to see a recap of scoring in all divisions (broken down by Saturday and Sunday).

Petrovic, Hamilton and Mize qualify for U.S. Senior Open at Briarwood Golf Club

With overnight rain and windy conditions to start the day, players had to grind at Monday’s U.S. Senior Open Qualifier at Briarwood Golf Club.

Tim Petrovic (right), thanks to a hot start, earned medalist honors with a round of 67 (-5). Petrovic started five under par through five holes and would make a total of six birdies and an eagle on the day.

“I got off to a quick, quick start,” Petrovic said. “That’s what you need in a one-day event. I just tried to keep it in front of me, I think I had three three-putts, but I played really solid overall. With not playing yesterday (Principal Charity Classic) I was ready to go. I just tried to post a number, have them come shoot at it and see if they could beat me.”

Todd Hamilton (below right), with a 32 (-4) on the back nine, finished just a shot off of Petrovic. Hamilton, winner of the 2004 Open Championship at Troon, also made six birdies on the day.

Larry Mize (below left), the other major champion in the field (1987 Masters), made a 50’ putt on #18 for birdie, good enough for 70 (-2) and the final qualifying spot into the U.S. Senior Open to be played at The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I thought I might need to make a birdie (on #18),” Mize said. “You just have to go out and do the best you can. You hear -1 is a playoff, but you never know. Fortunately I made the putt for birdie. I just tried to take it one hole and a time and with the conditions it was hard to get a number in mind (of what to shoot). I couldn’t get anything going to start and then I made a couple birdies.”

Jon Petersen, who shot 70 (-1), earned the 1st alternate position, while Joe Palmer was second alternate. Palmer was also low amateur in the field.

U.S. Senior Open Qualifier loaded with talent

On the heels of this year’s Principal Charity Classic, the U.S. Senior Open Qualifier at Briarwood Club, Ankeny, will include a winner of the Masters and Open Championship.

Larry Mize (pictured above), who won the 1987 Masters, and Todd Hamilton, 2004 Open Championship winner, will headline the field on June 11, in Ankeny. Others in the field you may recognize include Willie Wood, Jay Don Blake, Tom Byrum, Tim Petrovic, Dan Forsman, Mike Goodes, John Jacobs and John Huston. A total of 39 will participate in the qualifier, including several local amateurs and professionals who  have their sights set on the U.S. Senior Open to be held The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, CO.

Local Iowa amateurs that look to make an impact on Monday include Joe Palmer (currently 1st in the IGA Senior Player of the Year standings), Terry Cook (2nd), Jon Brown (4th) and Tom Norton (5th).

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