Year: 2020

Ben Larson named IGA’s Director of Competitions

The Iowa Golf Association is excited to announce Ben Larson (right) as the IGA’s Director of Competitions. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, Larson will take the lead on the administration of IGA Championships, USGA Qualifiers, and taking the lead on support for the rules of golf and the USGA Tournament Management software (Golf Genius).

He has spent the past 7 years as the Director of Competitions for the South Dakota Golf Association, where he administered their men’s and women’s state championships, as well as USGA qualifiers. He was the main support person for USGA TM-Golf Genius for the SDGA member clubs and he has attained an expert rating from the USGA based on his rules of golf exam scores. He has been invited to serve as a rules official at USGA championships in the past.

Ben grew up in Webster City, Iowa, and commented that he looks forward to getting closer to his family.

“I am really excited, being from Iowa, to come back and work with a great team that is in place already at the IGA,” Larson said. “I look forward to helping continue the progress the IGA is making in the game of golf. It will be good to get back home near family and friends.”

Prior to joining the SDGA, Ben spent 6 1/2 years as a rules official/tournament director for the NGA Professional Golf Tour (formerly known as The Hooters Tour). He is a member of the PGA of America, gaining his Class A status in 2005.

“My major emphasis (in South Dakota) was on tournament golf, which I enjoy and look forward to continuing to do in Iowa,” Larson said. “I also enjoy the rules side of golf, which may not be exciting to everyone, but it is something I like.”

The addition of Larson was brought about with the retirement of IGA stalwart Bill Dickens. Dickens was the Executive Director of the IGA from 2001 -2015 and Senior Director of Administration from 2016-2020.

As part of this transition process with Bill’s retirement and the hiring of Larson as the Director of Competitions, we are shifting roles around amongst the current staff. Chad Pitts, Katelynn Hogenson, and Nate McCoy will all have title changes, along with new or additional responsibilities. Clint Brown’s title will remain the same, but he will take on a slightly different role as well.

Pitts’ title changes slightly to CEO/Executive Director of the IGA and the IGA Foundation. He will continue to oversee the entire staff and will take over many of the Foundation duties handled by Dickens the past few years.

Hogenson is being promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the IGA. As COO, Katelynn will be taking over much of the day-to-day bookkeeping, as well as providing additional oversight and guidance to other staff. Hogenson will shift her responsibilities for oversight of GHIN to McCoy.

McCoy is the new Director of Handicapping and Course Rating. He remains in charge of the course rating program for the IGA but will add responsibility for GHIN support to our member clubs and courses. He will have less focus on events, although you will still see him at plenty of tournaments.

Brown remains the Director of Communications and Marketing and he will still be in charge of all IGA communications, including the website, social media, and advertising & sponsorship sales. However, he will assist Pitts with IGA Foundation related activities when needed.

In general, it is a big carousel of duties being shifted around. However, even though we have specific job descriptions we are a small team, so everyone will still have a hand in nearly all we do. Most notably, you will continue to see most of the staff at all major IGA championships.

We are excited about the addition of Ben to the staff. You will see he brings loads of positive energy and experience.

IGAF, ISPGA join forces to promote 2021 Iowa PGA Golf Pass

Teaming back up – The Iowa Golf Association Foundation and Iowa PGA Section are joining forces again for 2021 to offer the the Iowa PGA Golf Pass! Be sure to use coupon code ‘iowagolf’ to save $10 on your purchase.

The pass is now available as a printed booklet or electronic version that contains FREE or discounted rates at over 250 golf facilities across Iowa and Western Illinois.

By purchasing the golf pass, you can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on green fees, cart rentals, range balls, merchandise, and golf lessons! Remember, that each Golf Pass offer is only valid for the individual Golf Pass holder. One Golf Pass is not valid for everyone in the group. The golf facilities included in the Golf Pass are only required to honor their deals to individuals that present a valid Iowa PGA Golf Pass.

Once you purchase your Iowa PGA Golf Pass (printed booklet), we will immediately send it to you via United States Postal Service and shipping and handling is free. If you purchase the electronic version, you will receive an email with login credentials that will provide you with an online account where you can redeem your offers by printing via computer or redeeming with your mobile smartphone or tablet. If you are a returning Electronic Golf Pass user from last year, please note that all accounts have been reset and you need to create a new account for 2021. Both versions include the same deals. However, the online version may included time sensitive deals that may not have been offered when the printed booklet was published.

Click here to purchase the 2021 Iowa PGA Golf Pass today!
(Don’t forget to use coupon code ‘iowagolf’)

Reminder – The Iowa PGA office can no longer accept orders over the phone. You can also place orders by printing off and mailing in the order form on this page with a check made out to the Iowa PGA Section.

2020 IGA Annual Awards banquet postponed, rescheduled for March

The Iowa Golf Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Annual Awards Banquet, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12th at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.

Due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers in Iowa we feel it is in the best interest of all to postpone until spring.  The most recent proclamation from Governor Kim Reynolds has solidified that decision.  We have secured a new date of Friday, March 26th, 2021 with Glen Oaks Country Club to host.

We discussed many different options to safely hold this event, including severely limiting the number of attendees, removing the social hour and even going to an all-virtual ceremony.  We feel strongly that hosting this event with family and friends of those being honored is important and we want to make every attempt to make that possible in a safe manner.  Perhaps by postponing a few months, we can do that.

Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 26, 2021.  A schedule will be finalized after the first of the year. At that point we will open registration to the event for the general public. Be sure to watch for updates as they become available.

Attention – IGA inactive season begins today

Today (Nov. 15) marks the start of the IGA inactive season. From November 15th – March 31st scores made on golf courses in the IGA region are not acceptable for score posting purposes.

Why have an inactive season you might ask?

Reason – Course Ratings are done using mid-season conditions so things like grass height, green speed, roll, etc. are all evaluated based on how they would play in June thru August when most rounds are posted. So even though you might be able to fit that mid-February round in (let’s cross our fingers for a mild winter!), I think it’s safe to say the challenges of the course conditions and obstacles are drastically different from those in the heat of the summer.

Planning a winter golf trip? You can visit the USGA’s national active/inactive schedule here to see if you’re playing in a region that requires you to post.

Really wanting to geek out? Take this 5-question quiz to test your active season knowledge.

2021 IGA Championship, USGA Qualifying Schedule announced

The Falls, in Larchwood, will host the IGA Four-Ball Championship in 2021.

The 2021 IGA Championship calendar has been released. The schedule includes a wonderful lineup of IGA Member Clubs that will serve as host sites for next year’s IGA championships.

In 2021, the Iowa Amateur will be conducted at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, July 12-14. This coming year will mark the sixth time the Iowa Amateur will be held at the club, with the first time being in 1926. The last time the classic venue hosted the Iowa Amateur was in 2005 when Brian Verudyn captured the title with a two-over par total of 218. Since 2013, the club has been home to the Principal Charity Classic on the PGA Tour Champions. The William Langford-designed golf course will provide a great stage for the state’s best amateurs.

The Iowa Women’s Amateur will be played at Dubuque Golf & Country Club in Dubuque, July 26-28. It has been over five decades since the club first hosted the Iowa Women’s Amateur in 1970, when Corkey Nydle of Ottumwa earned the title. The club has hosted the Iowa Amateur in 2001, 1988, 1968, 1962, and the Iowa Mid-Amateur in 1994. While not exceptionally long, the course requires precision shot making and good course management. It’s natural terrain and mature tree-lined fairways will challenge the experienced golfer, while providing a playable experience for many.

The men’s and women’s IGA Match Play Championship will return to Talons of Tuscany in Ankeny, June 29-July 2. Talons of Tuscany, is a privately-owned course routed between beautiful rock walled streams and covered bridges. In 2020, the men’s and women’s IGA Match Play Championship was held at Talons of Tuscany for the first time, when 2020 Men’s Player of the Year Connor Peck and IGA veteran Leanne Smith took home the hardware.

In 2021, The Preserve on Rathbun Lake in Moravia will host the Iowa Senior Amateur. The dates of the championship are Thursday-Saturday, August 19-21. The Preserve has hosted numerous IGA Championships in the past and hosts the Southeast Iowa Amateur, an Additional Sanctioned Point Event, each year.

The Iowa Wife-Husband Championship is set to return to Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. The championship is set for Sept. 17-19. The tournament will remain a 3-day format in which couples choose to play their two rounds on Friday & Saturday, Friday & Sunday or Saturday & Sunday.

The Herman Sani Tournament will return to Johnston’s Hyperion Field Club in 2021. The ‘Sani’ has a long and storied history at Hyperion Field Club, as the event was held there every year from 1953 – 2012. Since 2013 the event rotates between Echo Valley Country Club and Hyperion Field Club and continues to feature the state’s best amateur and professional golfers vying for the trophy. The 2021 edition of The Sani was slated to be held at Echo Valley CC, but due to anticipated course projects at Echo Valley CC, Hyperion Field Club has agreed to host again next year with plans of Echo Valley CC hosting in 2022.

Elmwood Country Club, in Marshalltown, has agreed to host the 2021 Iowa Cup, with dates of that event still to be finalized at this time.

In addition to those championships already listed, the IGA will conduct events at the following venues – Finkbine Golf Club (Iowa Mid-Amateur), The Falls (IGA Four-Ball), Geneva Golf & Country Club (IGA Senior Match Play), Hillcrest Golf & Country Club (Iowa Forever 39 Match Play), Jester Park Golf Course in Granger (Father/Son, Parent/Child), Coldwater Golf Links (Iowa Junior & Girls’ Junior Amateur), Sioux City Country Club (IGA Women’s Four-Ball), Elmcrest Country Club (Women’s Club Team), Indianola Country Club (Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur) and The Meadows Golf Club (IGA Club Team).

The IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series events and IGA Member Play Days will be scheduled and announced at a later time.

The IGA will also conduct and administer several USGA Qualifiers throughout the state in 2021. Here are the sites for this year’s qualifying events:

  • Beaver Hills Country Club, Cedar Falls – U.S. Open Local Qualifier
  • Briarwood Golf Club, Ankeny – U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier
  • Lake Panorama National Golf Course, Panora – U.S. Amateur Qualifier
  • Stone Creek Golf Club, Williamsburg – U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier
  • Stone Creek Golf Club, Williamsburg – U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifier
  • Otter Creek Golf Course, Ankeny – U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier
  • Blue Top Ridge, Riverside – U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier

Entries to all IGA Championships will be available in March. Entries will be available for USGA Championships at a later date, which will be determined by the USGA and announced on their website.



2020 Annual Awards announced

On Friday, October 30, the IGA Board of Directors named recipients of the 2020 Annual Awards in six categories. We are pleased to announce this year’s honorees.

9-Hole Superintendent – Jeremy Amosson, Veterans Memorial Golf Club
Jeremy Amosson, of Veterans Memorial Golf Club, has been named the 2020 IGA 9-Hole Superintendent of the Year.

In 2010, Veterans Memorial Golf Club’s Board of Directors hired Amosson to serve as the Superintendent of Grounds. He brought with him a wealth of experience from working on golf courses in Illinois and Wisconsin. Over the past decade Amosson has improved the irrigation and drainage systems, led tee box and bunker restorations, and developed a forward-thinking tree management plan for the club to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer.

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 posed new challenges to Amosson and his crew as the club saw more play than ever before, more than double the amount of play in 2019. Amosson sought innovative solutions to maintaining great playing conditions including topdressing the tees to keep them healthy and firming up the greens to handle the extra foot traffic during the hot summer months.

To top it all off, he maintains great working relationships with the rest of the club staff to ensure club operations run smoothly.


18-Hole Superintendent – Caleb Swanson, Briarwood Golf Club
Caleb Swanson, of Briarwood Golf Club, is the 2020 IGA 18-Hole Superintendent of the

Swanson joined the Briarwood Golf Club staff five years ago. Since coming onboard,
Swanson has been instrumental in leading efforts to restore the condition of the golf course. He has led efforts to improve the outdated irrigation and drainage systems, reconstruct sand traps to allow for better drainage, and overall improvement of golf course maintenance practices.

Earlier this year, Briarwood endured significant damage from the derecho storm that took down more than 140 trees in early August. Swanson didn’t blink. He quickly rallied his grounds crew and recruited teams of volunteers, leading an organized clean-up effort to return the golf course to playable condition. After only a week the course was reopened for member play.

His efforts and character have been recognized by the rest of the management team at Briarwood Golf Club.

“He is a hard worker, honest, and most importantly a quality individual. He is the best at what he does,” said Briarwood Golf Club Manager and Director of Golf John Dinniebier.


9-Hole Course of the Year – Hillcrest Country Club
The IGA 9-Hole Course of the Year in 2020 is Hillcrest Country Club in Adel.

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a spike in demand for play at golf courses across the state, Hillcrest Country Club in Adel provided a safe outlet for recreation when members needed it most.

The club was able to hold their full calendar of events in 2020, enabled by the leadership of new clubhouse manager Adam Luehmann, who administered all men’s and women’s events and implemented the appropriate safety protocols to ensure member safety. Leuhmann established effective plans for helping provide high quality service to their members while promoting the safety of both members and employees.

No tee times are necessary at the club, which has continued to draw more young families each year and has developed a healthy waiting list. The members are proud to call Hillcrest Country Club home, demonstrated by the numerous members who volunteered to assist in cleaning up the golf course after the derecho storm – returning it to playable condition in less than two days.


18-Hole Course of the Year – Hyperion Field Club
Hyperion Field Club, in Johnston, has been selected as the 2020 IGA 18-Hole Course of the Year.

The golf course received a significant amount of damage during the derecho storm that swept across the state in early August. In a matter of weeks, through the efforts of course superintendent Jim Sedrel and the grounds crew, with the assistance of several volunteers, the club was in peak condition to host the 71st Herman Sani Tournament in mid-August.

Hyperion is highly regarded for their first-class putting surfaces, which are revered for posing a challenging to even the state’s best golfers. The classic course features many dramatic changes in elevation from tee to green, as well as narrow fairways that require players to control their ball striking on the 6,455-yard layout. The club has recently renovated their bunkers which have provided for a strong aesthetic and great playability for their membership.


PGA Pro of the Year – Adam Coates, Spencer Golf & Country Club
Adam Coates, of Spencer Golf & Country Club in northwest Iowa, is the 2020 IGA PGA Professional of the Year.

Since starting at the club in 2011, Coates has been a difference maker. From leading the charge to renovate the golf shop and men’s and women’s bathrooms, hosting the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament, driving membership growth, promoting junior golf programs, and a whole lot more.

This year was no different, with Coates provided several top-notch events at the club to serve their members. One fun event that he started this year was a glow ball tournament. The tournament was a big success and the club is looking to hosting more of these events next year. The Thursday night league launched by Coates has now grown to over 100 golfers, complimented by tremendous growth in participation of all skill levels in their women’s golf programming.

Coates has been accredited with tremendous growth of the junior game during his time at Spencer Golf & Country Club. This year he implemented the 9/36 Challenge program for juniors at the club. This program features programming from ages 4 thru high school.

Additionally, he designed a ‘kids only’ locker room that allows juniors a place to store their clubs and have a place to call their own. He has even created a new set of tee markers to provide for a family friendly course setup.

One member summarized the impact Coates has made on Spencer Golf & Country Club by stating that he is ‘the heartbeat of the club.’


Club Manager of the Year – Sheryl Dusenberry, Atlantic Golf & Country Club
Sheryl Dusenberry, of Atlantic Golf & Country Club in Atlantic, is the 2020 IGA Club Manager of the Year.

Dusenberry has been praised by the members and AGCC for her attention to detail, selfless service, and her people skills. This past spring, she stepped up to find innovative ways to safely serve their members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dusenberry coordinated with the kitchen staff to provide takeout dining services to members, many times delivering the meals herself. Additionally, she coordinated with all other club personnel to implement safety protocols and make sure all club functions were in accordance with public health proclamations to ensure the safety of their members and guests.

Annually, AGCC hosts the Tournament of Champions, an event where golfers flock to Atlantic from across the state. IGA veteran Ron Peterson spoke highly of the way Dusenberry represents the club while hosting the event.

“You can tell she takes great pride in presenting and representing the Atlantic Golf & Country Club in the best way possible,” Peterson said. “She works tirelessly before and after the event to ensure the participants have the best experience possible.”

One member noted that Dusenberry exemplifies the attributes of an excellent manager.

“If a golf course were to hire a new manager, I would recommend they spend a week or two with Sheryl to see how a course should be run,” said member Allan Hjelle.

NOTE – The IGA Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. We will communicate a schedule of events as soon as we finalize all of the remaining details. Safety and well-being of those attending is one of our top priorities in response to COVID-19 while we continue to work out the logistics of the banquet. We are still working on details for start times as well as additional guests that will be allowed to attend.

Peck, Palmer, Gorbell finish at the top of 2020 POTY races

Ankeny’s Connor Peck set the standard during his 2020 campaign, surpassing a number of IGA veterans on his way to earning the 2020 IGA Men’s Player of the Year title.

Peck’s first outing of the summer came at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship, where he defeated Andrew Huseman 5 & 4 to win the title. The momentum continued, with Peck earning additional victories at the 24th IGA Four-Ball Championship, the Briarwood Amateur, and The Classic 2020. He also placed in the top five of the 118th Iowa Amateur Championship and the 35th Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship.

Andrew Huseman, of Ankeny, compiled three victories over the summer to earn a second-place finish in the standings. Huseman’s victories came at the 24th Iowa Four-Ball Championship (with Connor Peck), the Fort Dodge Amateur and the Iowa Open (Amateur Division). Additionally, Huseman placed runner-up in the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship and the 35th Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship. IGA Hall of Famer Jon Brown came in third place, followed by Ankeny’s Jon Olson (4th) and J.D. Anderson (5th).

Click here to view a full recap of Men’s 2020 Player of the Year standings.


Joe Palmer, of West Des Moines, picked up a trio of victories en route to earning his third IGA Senior Player of the Year title.

Palmer’s first victory of the summer came at the 18th IGA Senior Match Play Championship, where he bested Tom Schill, of Gowrie, 3 & 2. He went on to win titles at the 83rd Iowa Masters and the 71st Herman Sani Tournament, in addition to top five finishes in the 42nd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship, Carroll Amateur, and the Briarwood Amateur.

Finishing runner-up in the standings was Norwalk’s Terry Cook, who put together a steady 2020 campaign. Cook earned a victory the Fort Dodge Amateur and placed in the top 5 in the 42nd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship, 71st Herman Sani Tournament, Carroll Amateur, Northwest Amateur, and the Briarwood Amateur. Bret Taylor, of Booneville, finished less than one point behind Cook to come in third. Des Moines’ Tony Newkirk and Dave Gaer ended the season in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Click here to view a full recap of Senior Men’s 2020 Player of the Year standings.


Cedar Falls’ Rick Gorbell put together a strong 2020 campaign to earn his first IGA Men’s Super Senior Player of the Year title.

Gorbell captured his first victory of the summer in the 18th IGA Senior Match Play Championship, where he defeated defending champion Steve Kahler in 19 holes. He continued his success at the Waterloo Open, where he earned his third consecutive title. Additionally, Gorbell captured Super Senior titles at the 2020 Southeast Amateur and Carroll Amateur, and earned runner-up finishes in the Northwest Amateur, 83rd Iowa Masters, and the Briarwood Amateur.

Pat Ryan, of Marshalltown, finished the year in second place and had a terrific season in his own right. Ryan collected four victories altogether, including top finishes in the 35th Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship, 42nd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship, 24th IGA Four-Ball Championship, and the 83rd Iowa Masters Tournament. Des Moines’ James Blackburn came in third place, with David Studer, of West Des Moines, and Wes Hogeland, of Pierson, completing the top five.

Click here to view a full recap of 2020 Player of the Year standings.

Smith breaks through in 2020, Kubesheski claims fifth POTY title

After finishing in the top 5 of the POTY standings three of the past four years, Indianola’s Leanne Smith had a breakthrough season in 2020. She piled up two victories and a pair of top ten finishes on her way to earning her first IGA Women’s Player of the Year title.

Smith opened the year with a victory at the 9th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship, defeating Sydney Eaton 4 & 3 to capture the title. Later in the summer she teamed up with Erin Schaffer to capture the crown at the IGA Mid-Am Series Event #3, which featured a four-ball (Two-Gal Best Ball) format. Additionally, she posted a runner-up finish in the 59th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship and a top ten finish in the 96th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship.

2018 Iowa Women’s Player of the Year Sydney Eaton, of Mason City, finished runner-up in the 2020 standings after rattling off three top five finishes. Joy Chou, of Ames, came in third place following her victory at the 96th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship.

Ankeny’s Karli Kerrigan (4th), and Dubuque’s Rosalie Kubesheski (5th) rounded out the top five in the Player of the Year standings.

Click here to view a full recap of Women’s Player of the Year standings.


Rose Kubesheski, of Dubuque, further etched her name into the history books in 2020 by earning her fifth IGA Senior Women’s Player of the Year Title.

Kubesheski’s season was highlighted by her victory at the 55th Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, capturing the title for her seventh time. She also earned victories in the 10th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (with Margene Grady – pictured), IGA Mid-Am Series Event #1, and IGA Mid-Am Series Event #2. She posted top five finishes at the 96th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship, 59th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship, and the IGA Mid-Am Series Event #3.

Finishing runner-up for the second consecutive year was Rockwell City’s Kathy Fortune. Fortune captured a victory at the 96th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship and posted five top five finishes in 2020.

Completing the top five was Kelly Grimes (3rd), Janece Schwartzkopf (4th), and Margene Grady (5th).

Click here to view a full recap of Senior Women’s Player of the Year standings

Leonard, Heryford capture Junior Player of the Year Honors

Ottumwa’s Cale Leonard (right), now competing in his junior season for the Ottumwa High Bulldogs, established himself as one of the best up-and-coming players in the state by capturing his first IGA Boys’ Junior Player of the Year title in 2020.

Leonard’s season was highlighted by a nine-shot victory at the Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic. He earned top five finishes in the Iowa Junior Amateur Championship, Southeast Iowa Amateur, 45th Iowa Boys Jr. PGA Championship, and the TPC Deere Run Junior Open. Additionally, Leonard advanced to the Round of 16 at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship.

Nathan Spear, of Burlington, finished within 100 points of Leonard to earn runner-up honors. Spear earned a victory at the AJGA Preview at Meadowbrook and collected four other top five finishes in point events over the summer.

Brock Barnhart, of Robins, finished in third place, with LeClaire’s Jack Dumas (4th) and Waverly’s Hogan Hansen (5th) rounding out the top five.

Click here for a full recap of the 2020 Junior Boys’ Standings.


Newton’s Rylee Heryford (pictured) found her stride this summer, earning a trio of victories en route to earning the 2020 Iowa Girls’ Player of the Year title.

Heryford collected victories at the Iowa Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship, the Iowa Junior Open, and the Junior Tour Mid-Summer Classic. She finished runner-up in the 45th Iowa Jr. PGA Championship, and carded top ten finishes in the 10th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (with Saffire Sayre), Midwest Junior Championship, and the AJGA Preview at Meadowbrook.

Heryford narrowly escaped chase from two-time defending Iowa Junior Girls’ Player of the Year Paige Hoffman (pictured on left), of West Des Moines. Hoffman secured victories at the 10th IGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship (with Kylie Carey) and the Iowa PGA Junior Fall Classic. Hoffman finished in second place within 20 points of Heryford.

Saffire Sayre, of West Des Moines, finished in third place, while Ames’ Britta Snyder (4th) and Waukee’s Kylie Carey (5th) completed the top five.

Click here to a full recap of the 2020 Junior Girls’ Standings.

Waveland Golf Association steps up, donates bike to local youngster

The Waveland Golf Association (pictured above with Ian Pak and family) had an idea – a really good idea. They wanted to help someone who needed it. Unfortunately with the postponement and ultimately cancellation of the 2020 Principal Charity Classic, the WGA had to take a detour with their plans.

“This winter we got to thinking – this will be our 20th year we have volunteered at the Principal Charity Classic,” WGA board member Greg Bentley said. “Last year (at the PCC) they gave away a bike to a youngster in need at the volunteer party and we thought it would be cool if ‘we’ did that. We collect funds as part of our dues and also allow people to donate additional money. The Board voted to give away the bike at the 2020 PCC volunteer party this year and hopefully this will inspire other organizations to do something similar.”

Bentley and the WGA enlisted the help of Variety – the Children’s Charity here in Des Moines to help find a child who would benefit from the bike.

“We got in touch with Variety and they were more than happy to help us,” Bentley said. “We had seen Variety donating a bike in the past at the PCC, so we reached out to them to help us with our project. We didn’t want to try to do this on our own – they are better at this type of thing than we are. They were able to find Ian Pak for us and then everything fell apart. The tournament got postponed and then eventually cancelled. Once it was cancelled, we decided it wasn’t fair to Ian that he can’t have the bike, but there is no tournament for him to receive it at. So we decided to give him the bike at Waveland.”

Ian Pak (pictured right with Rocky Sposato, General Manager / COO – A.H. Blank & Waveland Golf Course), of Waukee, is a 5-year old boy with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, which affects his mobility. When walking, Ian requires either a hand to assist him or uses his reverse wheeled walker or bilateral quad canes to get around home and school. Ian has recently started taking 3-5 independent steps forward since using the specialized bike in physical therapy. The bike that was given to him will allow Ian to ride with the greatest degree of safety and independence. It will allow him to interact with family and friends in a recreational environment while improving his overall fitness and strength in a safe manner.

The timing of the giveaway couldn’t have been better according to Bentley.

“This was a great time to do it – and well worth it,” Bentley said. His mom (Jessica) was telling us that his school was going to let kids like Ian bring their bike to school for the physical education class. Until recently, Ian didn’t have a bike, so he would not have been able to participate. Knowing he now has his bike and can participate really made us feel good.”

Bentley also encouraged other golf associations to get involved with a project of their own similar to the WGA’s bike give away. He stressed that the best start is contact Variety – the Children’s Charity.

“Contact them if you are interested,” he said. “It wasn’t difficult at all – they have all the resources you need.”

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