Month: August 2021

Iowa’s Bull teams up with Price to qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Norwalk’s Dennis Bull (right) and Andrew Price (left), of Lake Bluff, Illinois, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball earlier this week at Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Illinois. Bull and Price went low and fired a nine-under 63 to win the qualifier by one shot over Skylar Le Vine, of Morton Grove, Illinois, and Chicago’s Ben Johnson. 

Carding a three-under front nine, Bull and Price knew that they needed to go lower because Johnson and Le Vine were already five-under with an eagle on hole seven. A birdie on number 10 started their race up the leaderboard. On 12 and 13, they made birdies and were tied with Johnson and Le Vine. 

Johnson and Le Vine birdied hole 15 to take their lead back, but Bull and Price did not stop pilling on birdies. In the last three holes, Bull and Price made birdies on each hole and took over the tournament. The red-hot duo posted a six-under 30 on their back nine to earn medalist honors. 

The top-two spots qualify for the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, so we will see Johnson and Le Vine at the Country Club of Birmingham, Alabama alongside Price and Bull. There was a four-way tie for third place at seven-under par. Davenport’s Dusty Drenth teamed up with Michael Fastert, of Wheeling, Illinois, and scored a 65, but missed it by one shot.

The 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will take place in Alabama on May 14-18, and will be hosted by the Country Club of Birmingham. 

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier:
1. Andrew Price/Dennis Bull -9 63 – Qualifier
2. Skylar Le Vine/Ben Johnson -8 64 – Qualifier
T3. Josh Kirkham/John Stillman -7 65 – 1st Alternate
T3. Dusty Drenth/Michael Fastert -7 65 – 2nd Alternate
T3. Andrew Kross/Josh Dupont -7 65
T3. Mike O’Connell/Ryan Anetsberger -7 65

Huseman chases down leader, wins 2021 Briarwood Amateur

Andrew Huseman (right), of Ankeny, went low at the 2021 Briarwood Amateur in Ankeny and he needed to in order to get his first win of the season. Huseman carded rounds of 66 and 67 for a 133 tally and won by two shots over Brian Fields. 

Huseman maintained his focus and recorded four-straight pars to finish out his final holes and give himself the victory. Although there was some noise being made by Fields, Huseman continued to play his game and only made two bogeys the entire weekend.

Fields went on a roll at the end of his round, recording six-straight birdies on holes 12 through 17 to get into contention. However, a final round 64 by Fields was not enough to catch Huseman.

In third place in the Open Division was Ankeny’s Connor Peck. He was our first-round leader, but a bumpy front nine through him off during his final round. Peck shot an even 72 after a first round 64 but made two eagles during the tournament.

Lucas Scherf finished in fourth place alone after back-to-back rounds of 69. A four-way tie for fifth between Cody Holck, Jon Brown, Nate McCoy and J.D. Anderson rounded out the top-five. All four players finished at four-under with a 140 total.

In the Senior Division, Bob Brooks and Curtis Holck tied after two rounds for first place at two-under. Brooks fired back-to-back rounds of 71 and Holck managed to get it back to two-under with a 70 in his final round. Brooks (right) would take home the title in a playoff over Holck.

Bill Johnson finished in third place with a 145 tally and rounds of 72 and 73. Johnson was three shots back and played the last two holes at four-over-par during the weekend. On the front nine Johnson was making some noise. He recorded six total birdies throughout the week on just the front nine.

Andy Burton and Troy Kopriva rounded out the top-five with a tie for fourth place. The two competitors finished at two-over and were four shots back of the leaders. Burton fired a final round 69 to jump into the top-five. 

John Kinsey was victorious in the Super Senior Division. He shot rounds of 71 and 68 and finished with a five-under total. Kinsey won the division by four shots over Scott Hornstein, who carded rounds of 73 and 70. 

John Brown earned third place after playing Briarwood at even-par during the weekend. Brown posted a 75 in the first round but followed it up with a 69 in the final round. The current leader in the Super Senior Player of the Year race, Pat Ryan, took fourth place honors. Ryan shot six-over and shot rounds of 76 and 74. Charlie Taylor and Randy Studer finished at nine-over and ended up in a tie for fifth place.

Open Division:
1. Andrew Huseman -11 66-67-133
2. Brian Fields -9 71-64-135
3. Connor Peck -8 64-72-136
4. Lucas Scherf -6 69-69-138
T5. Cody Holck -4 71-69-140
T5. Jon Brown -4 70-70-140
T5. Nate McCoy -4 70-70-140
T5. J.D. Anderson 69-71-140

Senior Division
1. Bob Brooks -2 71-71-142 **Won Playoff**
2. Curtis Holck -2 72-70-142
3. Bill Johnson +1 72-73-145
T4. Andy Burton +2 77-69-146
T4. Troy Kopriva +2 74-72-146

Super Senior Division
1. John Kinsey -5 71-68-139
2. Scott Hornstein -1 73-70-143
3. John Brown E 75-69-144
4. Pat Ryan +6 76-74-150
T5. Charlie Taylor +9 80-73-153
T5. Randy Studer +9 79-74-153

Schaffer, Smith take home IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series victory

From left – Leanne Smith, Erin Schaffer, Soni Hansen and Rebecca Schroeder.

The current leader in the IGA Women’s Player of the Year race, Leanne Smith and her partner Erin Schaffer took the win at the IGA Women’s Mid Am Series Event #3. Smith and Schaffer fired a two-under round of 70 in the four-ball format and won the tournament by two shots over Julie Davidson and Mikayla Olson. 

Smith and Schaffer are now back-to-back champions, but they had to earn it. For most of their round on Saturday, the duo was trailing Olson and Davidson, but Schaffer’s birdie on the 16th and Smith’s clutch birdie on the 18th gave the Echo Valley Country Club partners a three-shot lead. 

Jen List and Lauren Backer earned third place after carding a three-over round of 75. List holed out for eagle on the par-four 11th hole and brought their team closer to the lead. List and Backer ended up finishing five shots back of Schaffer and Smith. 

A tie for fourth place between the team of Laura Leszczynski and Cindy Morrison and Julie Buerman’s and Katie Wenthe’s duo. The two teams posted rounds of 76 and finished six shots back of Smith and Schaffer.

Soni Hansen and Rebecca Schroeder ended up winning the Net Division with a nine-under round of 63. Hansen and Schroeder finished one shot ahead of Jackie Warrick and Shirly Rochelle, who shot an eight-under 64. 

The IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series Event #4 will be held on Saturday September 4, and will be held at Honey Creek Golf Club in Boone. You will be able to follow the ladies using the live leaderboard link on our website.

Team Gross Division
1. Leanne Smith/Erin Schaffer -2 70
2. Mikayla Olson/Julie Davidson +1 72
3. Lauren Backer/Jen List +3 75
T4. Katie Wenthe/Julie Buerman +4 76
T4. Laura Leszczynski/ Cindy Morrison +4 76

Team Net Division
Soni Hansen/Rebecca Schroeder -9 63
Jackie Warrick/Shirly Rochelle -8 64
T3. Carroll Dethrow/Janece Schwartzkopf -6 66
T3. Nicki Clayton/Julie Hartman -6 66
T3. Leanne Smith/Erin Schaffer -6 66
T3. Laura Leszczynski/Cindy Morrison -6 66

Seven from Iowa set to complete at 66th U.S. Senior Amateur

Photo courtesy of Fred Vuich/USGA

Iowa is taking over Michigan on August 28, at the Country Club of Detroit. A total of seven fellow Iowans (one now living in North Carolina) have qualified for the 66th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship and will be headed to Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. This is the first time in recent memory, if not ever, that seven Iowans have made it to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. A few Iowans had to qualify for a chance to compete at the highest level for Senior Amateurs, while three others earned exemptions.

Gary Ellis, of Norwalk, qualified in Williamsburg at Stone Creek Golf Club for a spot in his first ever USGA Championship. Ellis defeated Jim Butler on the first hole of a playoff. With an advantage off the tee, the long-hitting Ellis took advantage of the par-five playoff hole and was on the green in two.

Peosta’s, Jim Ihm was the second qualifier out of Madison, Wisconsin. Ihm fired a 72 at Blackhawk Country Club and earned his place at the U.S. Senior Amateur by two shots. Ihm was one shot behind Jim Doing, of Verona, Wisconsin, but he will try to one-up Doing this week in Michigan.

Scott Briggs, of Burlington, traveled to Quincy, Illinois to battle for a trip to Michigan. Briggs missed the qualifying spot by two shots, but he earned first alternate honors after defeating Harry Roberts, of St. Joseph, Missouri, in a playoff.

Briggs and Roberts were unaware at the time, but that playoff hole was the deciding factor for an entry into the U.S. Senior Amateur. Briggs was able to punch his ticket into the field at the Country Club of Detroit as an alternate.

Originally from Waverly, Joe Jaspers, who now resides in Huntersville, NC, qualified in Charlotte, NC., earning co-medalist honors with 69 (-2). Jaspers , who was a four-time all-Iowa Conference performer for Central College (IA), made three birdies against a lone bogey in his qualifying round.

Gene Elliott, of West Des Moines, earned an exemption into the championship for being the No. 2 ranked Senior in the world according to World Amateur Golf Rankings. Elliott has two impressive wins under his belt this season and would like to add a third at the U.S. Senior Amateur.

The 59-year-old won the Golfweek Senior Amateur Championship at the PGA West Stadium Course back in April. He also made the field at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex after winning the R&A Senior Amateur Championship. More recently, Elliott finished in a tie for second place at the Iowa Senior Amateur.

Back in 2018, Norwalk’s, Mike McCoy was a U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist. Coming in 10th on the World Amateur Golf Rankings for senior qualifications, McCoy has also had a remarkable season.

In the month of June, McCoy won the George C. Thomas Invitational – Senior at Los Angeles Country Club. McCoy was able to carry over some of that confidence into the U.S. Senior Open Championship. Making the cut and finishing in 62nd place, McCoy was the fourth lowest amateur that week.

After the U.S. Senior Open Championship, McCoy began his run at the Iowa Amateur Championship that he previously won six times. He was chasing the leaders at the start of the final round, but a low-round of 63 propelled him into a fifth-place finish. He carried over that confidence into the Iowa Senior Amateur championship, where he won by five shots.

A man who knows how to win, in match play specifically, is headed to Michigan as well. Joe Palmer, of Norwalk, has been known as the match play king this season. He was the first player in IGA history to win the IGA Senior Match Play and the IGA Match Play in one season.

Palmer doesn’t just know how to succeed in match play, he has two second place finishes at the Iowa Senior Masters and the Herman Sani Senior Tournament. He is also the current leader for Iowa Senior Player of the Year and has won almost every event he has played in Iowa.

These seven Iowans are capable of making some noise in Michigan. You can follow alongside these players and the rest of the field on Saturday August 28th up until the final day of match play on September 2nd. The low 64 scores following stroke play will compete in match play to determine the 66th U.S. Senior Amateur Champion.

From left – Gary Ellis, Mike McCoy, Gene Elliott and Joe Palmer.

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Past Herman Sani Scholarship Committee Chair, long-time IGA supporter Jim Mitchell passes away

Jim Mitchell, who served the Iowa Golf Association in many capacities over the years, most notably for his many years as chairperson of the Herman Sani Scholarship Committee, passed away at the age of 88 on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Jim and his beloved wife of 63 years, Pat, had lived the last several years in Atlanta, Georgia, following a retirement stay in the Villages, Florida.

Mitchell, who also served on the Board of Directors of the IGA, was a prominent player on the course as well, capturing the 1968 Northwest Amateur, 1991 Iowa Senior Amateur and 2001 IGA Four-Ball (Senior Division) with partner Jim Bianco. Mitchell was the 1986, 1990 and 1991 IGA Senior Player of the Year and received the prestigious George Turner Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his impact to the game of golf through years of volunteer service.

Mitchell’s true passion within his work with the IGA was his role as chairperson of the Herman Sani Scholarship Committee, a position he held for several years.

“Jim was an all-time great from my perspective,” Steve Jermier, 1996 Herman Sani Scholarship recipient and current IGA Vice President said. “Certain people stand out in your memories, and he was definitely one for me.”

Memorials in honor of Mitchell can be made to the Iowa Golf Association Foundation’s Herman Sani Scholarship Fund online by clicking here. Be sure to click the box that you are dedicating the donation in memory of Jim Mitchell.

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McCoy pulls away for victory at 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur, Pomerantz takes Super Senior crown

The Iowa Golf Hall of Famer added another one to his resume. Norwalk’s Mike McCoy (above right) finished off the 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship to win by a grand total of five shots over Curtis Holck, of Ankeny and a fellow Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Gene Elliott, of West Des Moines.

“We have a great field, I knew with Gene, Jon, Joe and Curtis and all these good players, I was going to have to play well (to win),” McCoy said. “It was definitely one that I wanted to win, being my first Iowa Senior Am (I’ve played in). I usually had a conflict this week in the past.”

The Preserve Golf Course on Rathbun Lake played difficult during the last two rounds. The wind started to kick up and made many players rethink their shots. McCoy, who didn’t play a practice round, took it slow and played it safe at the beginning.

“I played a little defensively, but I stayed patient,” McCoy said. “I felt a little freer yesterday and got off to a good start today and I was just going to keep playing aggressively. I only made one bogey the whole tournament, so I was pretty pleased with that.”

During the week, McCoy (left) recorded 12 birdies and one lone bogey in the first round. To maneuver your way around this golf course and with only one bogey is an outstanding achievement. Now to add to the already impressive resume, McCoy will take this win and confidence into the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Holck and Elliott, who finished in a tie for second place, played good golf all week long. Elliott was the leader after round one, shooting a four-under 68, but did not break 70 in his last two rounds. Holck fired back-to-back rounds of 71 to begin his tournament and followed them up with a 68 in the final round today.

A four-way tie to round out the top-five between Joe Palmer, Tim McKnight and another Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Jon Brown. All three competitors finished the week at four-under-par with a 212 tally. McKnight was tied for first with Elliott after the first round, but as the conditions grew more difficult, the scores started to climb.

Palmer recorded rounds of 70, 72 and a 70 in the final round. Palmer was making noise all week, recording 11 birdies, but bogeys continued to pop up on his card. Brown was in second place after the first two rounds, but a double in each round hurt his chances at a first Senior Amateur. Brown made the most birdies out of any player this week (14) and even threw in an eagle during his second round.

In the Super Senior Division, Robert Pomerantz (above left) came back after being down two shots and defeated Rob Christensen. The course played tough, and the weather conditions did not help the players this week Pomerantz commented.

“Never having played the golf course until last Thursday when I came down here for a practice round,” Pomerantz said. “We had tornados, hail and rain during my practice round, but I got a look at the holes and what have you and obviously you want to stay out of the heathers. I did a good job, I only hit it in there one time and was able to find it and take an unplayable and proceed to not make a double bogey.”

Rob Pomerantz Rob Christensen trophy

Rob Pomerantz (right) hold the new permanent Super Senior Amateur trophy provided by a generous donation by Rob Christensen (left), in which the trophy is now named after.

Pomerantz (right) posted a two-over 74 in his first round but turned it up a notch and had back-to-back under-par rounds of 71 to finish off the tournament. Pomerantz made many birdies, but a cold putter would not end his chance this week.

“This is the first tournament that I have won, and I have won a few, that I haven’t putted well,” Pomerantz said. “I putted very poorly this tournament and I gave away untold shots on the green and I made two bogeys on par-five where you can toss the ball closer.”

Heading into the last three holes, Pomerantz was tied with Christensen. He knew he had to make something happen and ended the final three hole stretch at two-under-par with birdies on holes 16 and 17.

“I felt good coming off the golf course yesterday, score wise, and I said try not to mess up,” Pomerantz said. “I did early, but I got it back and then I was pretty good for a long stretch of holes. Playing in competition is so much different than just playing with your friends.”

Christensen may have finished in second place, but he had a great week of golf. Christensen carded two rounds of 75 and fired a 68 in the second round of the tournament, giving him a two-shot lead. A rough stretch of holes early for Christensen was the downfall for his round today. After a 40 on the front nine, Christensen was able to fight back and shot one-under on his back, but it was not enough to earn the victory.

Rick Gorbell, of Cedar Falls, and Jim Butler, of Fort Madison took third place at four-over par. The two finished with a 220 tally and stayed in contention all week long. Butler was the first-round leader, but as the wind picked up in the second round, bogeys started appearing on his card. Joe Ward rounds out the top-five coming in the fifth place position with a 221 tally.

The next Iowa Golf Association event on the schedule is the IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series Event #3 at A.H. Blank Golf Course in Des Moines.

Senior Division
1. Mike McCoy 70-67-68-205
T2. Curtis Holck 71-71-68-210
T2. Gene Elliott 68-72-70-210
T4. Joe Palmer 70-72-70-212
T4. Jon Brown 72-67-73-212
T4. Tim McKnight 68-71-73-212

Super Senior Division
1. Rob Pomerantz 74-71-71-216
2. Rob Christensen 75-68-75-218
T3. Rick Gorbell 74-74-72-220
T3. Jim Butler 69-78-73-220
5. Joe Ward 72-73-76-221

Smith travels outside Iowa, grabs bid to U.S. Women’s Mid-Am

On Monday, August 16th, Leanne Smith (right), of Indianola, finished with medalist honors at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am Qualifier held in St. Joseph, Missouri. Smith will now travel to Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in September.

At the beginning of her round, Smith started slowing with a bogey and a double in her first four holes. Smith made a birdie on the eighth hole but followed it up with a double on nine. Sitting at four-over-par after her front nine, Smith got back on track and made four straight pars to start her back nine.

After recording par on hole 13, three-straight bogeys showed up and put Smith at seven-over. With two holes to play, Smith was on the outside looking in and knew she needed to make something happen. Two par-five remained, and Smith took advantage. She made birdie on 17 and she was now in a three-way tie for first place.

A short par-five was all that was left for Smith. She needed birdie to win and qualify for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Instead of making birdie, Smith ensured her victory and recorded an eagle on her final hole of the qualifier. Smith won by two shots over Susan Devoe, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Martha Linscott, of Mission Hills, Kansas.

Kathy Dearborn, of Anamosa, competed for her spot into the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in Waukegan, Illinois. Dearborn missed a qualifying position by one stroke, but earned the first alternate after defeating Madeline Bond in a playoff.

The tournament dates are September 25-30, at Berkeley Hall Club (North Course) in Bluffton, South Carolina.

St. Joseph, Mo. Qualifier
1. Leanne Smith 74 *Medalist*
2. Martha Linscott 77 *Qualified*
3. Susan Devoe 77 *Qualified*
4. Carmen Titus 79 *1st Alternate*
5. Carrie Bostar 80 *2nd Alternate*

Waukegan, Ill. Qualifier
1. Jacqueline Setas 72 *Medalist*
2. Hui Chong Dofflemeyer 73 *Qualified*
3. Nora Klein 74 *Qualified*
4. Elizabeth Payne 80 *Qualified*
5. Heather Penn 81 *Qualified*
6. Erin Varner 82 *Qualified*
7. Kathy Dearborn 83 *1st Alternate*
8. Madeline Bond 83 *2nd Alternate*

McCoy surges to the lead at 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur

Our second-round leader at the 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship is Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Mike McCoy (above) of Norwalk. The conditions were tough for everyone, but the players seemed to be on point. In today’s windy round, McCoy put together a low round of 67, and managed to make five birdies. Out of 36 holes, McCoy has only recorded one bogey.

After a slow start to yesterday’s round, McCoy been seven-under in his last 28 holes at The Preserve on Lake Rathbun. McCoy, who leads the IGA in total career wins (35) has never held the Senior Amateur trophy. Tomorrow could be the day he takes the trophy home with him.

Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Jon Brown of Adel, is tied for second place alongside Indianola’s, Tim McKnight. Both McCoy and Brown fired rounds of 67 today and Brown is only two shots back. Neither Brown nor McCoy have won this event and doing so would just add to their already impressive resumes.

McKnight was tied for the lead after yesterday’s round, but three bogeys in the middle of today’s round slowed him up. A confidence booster of back-to-back birdies at the end of his round today should fire him up going into tomorrow’s round.

A man who has won this championship five times sits alone in fourth place. Gene Elliott, of Norwalk, was tied with McKnight for the lead after today’s round, but the wind played a factor for both players. Elliott had a rough patch in the beginning of his round, but a two-under back nine helped get his round back to even figures. Elliott knows what it takes to win this event, even if he is down three shots.

In the Super Senior Division, the leaderboard is shuffled, and Marshalltown’s Rob Christensen currently leads at one-under through 36 holes. Christensen was able to find success in today’s round, recording three birdies and an eagle on the final hole of the day. A round of 68 pushed Christensen into first place with a two-shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

Not far off the lead is Joe Ward, of Polk City, and Robert Pomerantz, of Des Moines. Ward and Pomerantz are tied for second place at one-over-par and are two shots back. Ward posted a 73 in today’s round and had two bogeys on his final holes. Pomerantz recorded four birdies today, but three bogeys set him back to one-under on the day.

In fourth place is Pete Kelly, of Marshalltown, who shot a 75 today. Kelly’s first round 71 put him in second place, but a 39 on the back nine today pushing him back. Not out of the race by any means, Kelly will still have some work to do to pick up three shots on Christensen.

Tied for fifth place is our overnight leader, Jim Butler and the current leader in Super Senior Player of the Year, Pat Ryan. Butler fired a 69 in the first round but made too many early mistakes today and carded a 78. Ryan started quick with two straight birdies, but those would be his final birdies of his round today. Both players. Are four shots back and will have to come out strong in the final round tomorrow.

You can follow the Seniors and the Super Seniors as they push for the 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur Championship title. Click this link to view the live leaderboard!

Senior Division
1. Mike McCoy 70-67-137
T2. Jon Brown 72-67-139
T2. Tim McKnight 68-71-139
4. Gene Elliott 68-72-140
T5. Curtis Holck 71-71-142
T5. Joe Palmer 70-72-142

Super Senior Division
1. Rob Christensen 75-68-143
T2. Joe Ward 72-73-145
T2. Robert Pomerantz. 74-71-145
4. Pete Kelly 71-75-146
T5. Jim Butler 69-78-147
T5. Pat Ryan 72-75-147

Elliott, McKnight set pace at 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur

Two rounds of 68 lead the first round at the 43rd Iowa Senior Amateur at The Preserve Golf Course on Rathbun Lake. Gene Elliott, of West Des Moines and Tim McKnight, of Indianola are the leaders heading into the second round.

Elliott was the first to post 68 and finished with a bogey-free scorecard. The key to success for Elliott was birdies on the par-fives. He played the par-fives at four-under par and missed his chance to birdie all of them with a putt on hole 18.

McKnight played his first nine at one-under par but stepped on the gas once he turned to the back-nine. Birdies on 11, 14 and 17 pushed McKnight into a tie with the Iowa Golf Hall of Famer and the two competitors will tee it up together in tomorrow’s second round.

In third place after day one is Tom Christensen, of Waterloo. Christensen posted a three-under round of 69 and sits one shot behind the leaders. Norwalk’s Mike McCoy and Joe Palmer will play together tomorrow after posting two-under ton Thursday afternoon.

Fort Madison’s, Jim Butler holds a two-shot lead heading into the second round of the Super Senior Division. The 69-year-old posted a round equal to his age today and recorded five birdies. Butler got off to a quick start with three birdies in his first four holes. An even 36 on his back nine kept him from running away with the tournament early.

Tied for second place is Dan Dalziel, of Cedar Rapids, and Pete Kelly, of Marshalltown. The two fired rounds of 71 and will play alongside Butler in tomorrow’s round. Dalziel was two-over through his first six holes but continued to fight and ended his round in red-figures. Kelly started making birdies quick after three in his first six holes, but three bogeys on the back-nine set him back two shots.

A four-way tie for fourth place round out the top-five between Sam Aossey, of Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown’s Pat Ryan, Polk City’s Joe Ward and Bruce Neeley, of Independence. All four competitors carded rounds of 72 and sit three-shots back.

ACE ALERT – Lineville’s Jay Gregory (above) recorded a hole-in-one today on #13.

Senior Division
T1. Gene Elliott -4 68
T1. Tim McKnight -4 68
3. Tom Christensen -3 69
T4. Mike McCoy -2 70
T4. Joe Palmer -2 70

Super Senior Division
1. Jim Butler -3 69
T2. Dan Dalziel -1 71
T2. Pete Kelly -1 71
T4. Sam Aossey E 70
T4. Pat Ryan E 70
T4. Joe Ward E 70
T4. Bruce Neeley E 70


Osborn, Anderson grab spots at U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier

Photo courtesy of the Florida State Golf Assoc.

Massachusetts is on the horizon for Bowen Osborn (right), of Jacksonville, FL, and J.D. Anderson, of Johnston. Osborn and Anderson qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny on Monday. Come September, Osborn and Anderson will be playing Sankaty Head Golf Club and Miacomet Golf Course and will be competing against the world’s best amateur golfers ages 25 and older.

The Jacksonville native earned the medalist honors after carding a bogey-free round that consisted of six birdies and an eagle. In route to a 63, he made back-to-back birdies on holes 17 and 18 to surpass Anderson’s round of 64 by a shot.

Though Anderson (left) fell short of medalist honors, he did walk away with a qualifying spot to the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Anderson also had a clean score card and posted seven birdies to take second place by two shots. He made three straight birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 to push him into a qualifying position.

Dennis Bull took the first alternate spot after defeating Connor Peck in a playoff. Bull joined Osborn and Anderson with bogey-free rounds today. Peck tied bull during stroke play with a five-under round of 66. Peck recorded nine birdies on the day, but four bogeys derailed his chances of qualifying.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur will be split between two golf courses and each player will play 18 holes at each course. The championship will take place from September 25-30, 2021.

U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier
Bowen Osborn -8 63 – *Medalist*
J.D. Anderson -7 64 – *Qualifier*
Dennis Bull -5 66 – *1st Alternate*
Connor Peck -5 66 – *2nd Alternate*

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