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).”