Anderson catches fire, wins 2021 Southeast Iowa Amateur
Johnston native, J.D. Anderson (left), fired a closing round 67 to win the Southeast Iowa Amateur Open Division at The Preserve at Lake Rathbun. In his final round, Anderson recorded six birdies and carded a 32 on his back nine to secure the tournament victory.
Going into the final round, Anderson was four shots behind the first-round leader, Gene Elliott, who posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday. Elliott finished the tournament in a four-way tie for third place, along with Nate McCoy, Ricky Costello and Jonny Douglas.
Jon Brown, from Adel, was the lone second place finisher this past weekend, after scoring back-to-back 70’s. Brown played consistent golf in his final round, recording three birdies to only one bogey, but was two shots shy of Anderson.
In the Senior Division, Bret Taylor (right), of Booneville, carded back-to-back rounds of 70 to claim the victory over Jeff Collett, of Ottumwa. Taylor was the leader by one shot after this first day and extended his lead to three during his final round.
Ankeny native, Curtis Holck, took third place honors after posting a two-round total of 144 with a 3-under 69 in his final round. Dave Gaer, of Des Moines, and Joe Bates, of Albia, tied for fourth place at 3-over par.
Bruce Neeley (pictured left with head professional Darin Fisher), of Independence, carded two rounds of 73 to finish in first place with a six-shot lead in the Super Senior Division. Neeley topped Hudson native, Mark Urbanek’s rounds of 74 and 78.
Senior Match Play Champion, Jim Butler, finished in third place with rounds of 81 and 72. Pat Ryan, of Marshalltown, earned fourth place honors after rounds of 79 and 75. Rick Gorbell and Rob Christensen finished in a tie for fifth place at 12-over par.