Category: Championships

2021 IGA Annual Awards Banquet Recap

The 2021 IGA Awards Dinner took place Friday, December 17, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. It was an enjoyable night with several deserving honorees and award winners in various categories being celebrated for their efforts.

View photos from the 2021 IGA Annual Awards Banquet

The following individuals and courses were honored –

PGA Pro of the Year – Mark Egly, Des Moines Driving Range

Club Manager of the Year – Lance Marting, Dubuque Golf & Country Club

9-Hole Superintendent – Jeff Rokusek, Sheldon Golf & Country Club

18-Hole Superintendent – Matt Reifert, Whispering Creek Golf Club

9-Hole Course of the Year – Dyersville Golf & Country Club

18-Hole Course of the Year – BVU Golf Course at Lake Creek

George Turner Distinguished Service Award – Scott Fjelstul, Decorah

Sean Flanders Volunteer of the Year Award – Michelle Klein, Jesup

Phil Joselyn Inspirational Award – Thomas Storbeck, Ventura


Player of the Year – Nate McCoy, Ankeny (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Senior Player of the Year – Joe Palmer, Norwalk (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Super Senior Player of the Year – Pat Ryan, Marshalltown (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Read more about the Men’s Players of the Year

Women’s Player of the Year – Leanne Smith, Indianola (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Senior Women’s Player of the Year – Laura Leszczynski, St. Mary’s (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Read more about the Women’s Players of the Year

Junior Girls’ Player of the Year – Paige Hoffman, West Des Moines (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Junior Boys’ Player of the Year – Hogan Hansen, Waverly (View video & acceptance)

Read more about the Junior Players of the Year


Special Recognition – Gene Elliott, West Des Moines
2021 U.S Senior Amateur and British Senior Amateur Champion (View video)

2022 IGA, USGA Qualifying Schedule announced

The 2022 IGA Championship calendar has been released. The schedule includes a tremendous lineup of IGA Member Clubs that will serve as host sites for next year’s IGA championships.

In 2022, the Iowa Amateur will be conducted at Crow Valley Golf Club (pictured above) in Davenport, July 18-20. This coming year will mark the third time the Iowa Amateur will be hosted by the club, previously hosting in 1990 (Brad Klapprott) and 2004 (Nate Dunn). The club has also been the site of many other IGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers including the Iowa Senior Amateur (2020), Iowa Cup Matches (2019) and IGA Match Play (2016). The John N. Cochran designed layout will be sure to test the best players from around the state from tee to green.

The Iowa Women’s Amateur is set to be played at Cedar Rapids Country Club, July 25-27. Cedar Rapids Country Club has hosted a total of six previous Iowa Women’s Amateurs and 10 Iowa Amateurs. The course, as many know, hosted the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and was honored as the IGA 18-Hole Course of the Year that same season. Designed in 1915 by the internationally renowned architect Donald Ross, and immaculately restored by famed “Ross Restorer” Ron Prichard beginning in 2011, the course at Cedar Rapids Country Club has been called one of the prettiest pieces of land in the Midwest.

The men’s and women’s IGA Match Play Championships will return for the third time to Talons Golf (formally Talons of Tuscany) in Ankeny, June 28-July 1. Talons Golf, 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 Championships were held at Talons Golf 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, Smith repeated as champion of the event and Joe Palmer captured the title in historic fashion. As a popular venue for this event, many players, both men and women, will look to add their name to the list of IGA Match Play champions.

In 2022, Ames Golf & Country Club will host the Iowa Senior Amateur. The dates of the championship will be Monday-Wednesday, August 22-24. Ames G&CC last hosted the Iowa Senior Amateur in 2016, when Gene Elliott took home the crown over ‘newcomer’ Jay Gregory. The club also hosted the event in 2003, when Dan Naughton claimed victory.

The Iowa Wife-Husband Championship is set to return to Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. The championship is set for Sept. 16-18. 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 August 12-14, to Norwalk’s Echo Valley Country Club in 2022. Since 2013 the event has rotated 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 agreed to host, with Echo Valley CC hosting in 2022.

In addition to those championships already listed, the IGA will conduct events at the following venues – Spencer Golf & Country Club (Iowa Mid-Amateur – May 20-21), Coldwater Golf Links (IGA Four-Ball – May 6-7), Fort Dodge Country Club (IGA Senior Match Play – June 1-3), Pella Golf & Country Club (Iowa Women’s Forever 39 Match Play – June 8-9), Veenker Memorial Golf Course (IGA Women’s Four-Ball – June 16-17) , Jester Park Golf Course in Granger (Father/Son, Parent/Child – June 18-19), Finkbine Golf Course (Iowa Junior & Girls’ Junior Amateur – June 20-22), Elmcrest Country Club (IGA Women’s Club Team – Aug. 15), Lake Panorama National Resort (Iowa Senior Women’s Amateur – Aug. 8-9) and The Preserve on Rathbun Lake (IGA Club Team – Oct. 3).

The IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series events, IGA Member Play Day(s) and Iowa Cup dates and locations will be announced at a later time. Those updates can be found by checking back to this release.

The IGA will also conduct and administer several USGA Qualifiers throughout the state in 2022. Here are the sites for this year’s qualifying events:
Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort, Riverside – U.S. Open Local Qualifier – May 9
Otter Creek Golf Course, Ankeny – U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier – June 6
Hyperion Field Club, Johnston – U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier – July 12
Hyperion Field Club, Johnston – U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifier – July 12
Davenport Country Club, Davenport – U.S. Amateur Qualifier – July 25
Geneva Golf & Country Club, Muscatine – U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier – Aug. 1

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.

Ankeny G&CC, Monticello GC take home titles at 15th IGA Club Team Championship

From left – Cody Holck, Joe Bethel, Curtis Holck and Keith Walton.

Ankeny Golf and Country Club (above) and Monticello Golf Club took home the hardware after Monday’s round at the 15th IGA Club Team Championship , hosted at The Meadows Golf Club in Dubuque.

The Ankeny Golf and Country Club team included Joe Bethel, Curtis Holck, Cody Holck and Keith Walton. They compiled a two-over team score of 218 to win the Gross Division by four shots over Geneva Golf and Country Club. 

Bethel led the way for his team and claimed the win in the individual standings after carding a two-under round of 70. Curtis Holck fired a one-over 73 in his round and his son, Cody Holck, posted a three-over 75. Walton rounded out his team with a four-over 76 and finished in a tie for 14th in the individual standings. 

From left – Phil McDonald, Kevin Goedken, Dustin Hall and Mike Wennekamp.

Monticello Golf Club (above) team featured Dustin Hall, Mike Wennekamp, Kevin Goedken and Phil McDonald. All together they put together a net score of 214 and finished two-under, surpassing Dyersville Country Club #2 by three shots.

Hall and Wennekamp finished in a tie for ninth place after carding rounds of 75 to end the day at three-over. Goedken posted a seven-over 79 and finished in a tie for 24th in the individual standings. McDonald finished 15-over after a round of 87.


Gross Standings
1. Ankeny G&CC +2 218
2. Geneva G&CC +6 222
3. Elmcrest CC +7 223
4. Monticello GC +13 229
5. Valley Oaks GC +16 232

Net Standings
1.Monticello GC -2 214
2. Dyersville CC2 +1 217
T3. Elmcrest CC +2 218
T3. Valley Oaks GC +2 218
T3. Geneva G&CC +2 218
** Ankeny G&CC -6 210 (Unable to win both divisions) **

Individual Standings
1. Joe Bethel -2 70
T2. Frank Anderson E 72
T2. Bryan Lemkau E 72
T2. Jesse Truax E 72
T5. Nicholas Ivory +1 73
T5. Curtis Holck +1 73
T5. Sam Herrmann +1 73

ISPGA wins 54th Iowa Cup 24-16, fifth win since 2016 for ‘pros’

ISPGA Honorary Captain Mark Egly (left) and IGA Honorary Captain Bill Dickens (right) pose for a photo with the Iowa Cup.

The Iowa PGA Section claimed the win over the Iowa Golf Association in the 54th Edition of the Iowa Cup Matches. The Iowa PGA Section was firing on all cylinders this week at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown.

Yesterday, the Iowa PGA Section got off to a quick lead after the Four-Ball session of matches in the morning. The IGA was only able to score two points and the Iowa PGA Section was able to play with the lead for the remainder of the tournament. 

Connor Peck and Ryan Horner took down Chad Proehl, who is in the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021, and John Shawver. Peck and Horner won the match 2 Up and tacked on the Iowa Golf Association’s first points. 

Elmwood Country Club members, Kelly Brown and Cole Davis, defeated Iowa Golf Hall of Famers, John Bermel and Sean McCarty. Brown and Davis claimed the match with a 1 Up victory and put the second point on the board for the IGA.

The IGA lost ground quickly and went into the Foursome session with a six-point deficit. Brian Allison and Trent Lindenman were able to get it going, winning their match 1 Up over Davis Sutton and John Shawver.

Jeff Collet and Dusty Stewart claimed a win over Matt Erger and Ben Montgomery to give the IGA another point. Dave Gaer and Ron Peterson knocked off Todd Fowler and Bryan Luedtke. Gary Ellis and Terry Cook gave Iowa their fourth point of the round, beating Jeff Smith and Dave Ranney. 

With an eight-point advantage going into the Singles Matches, the Iowa PGA Section’s confidence continued to grow. 

Jeff Smith, of the Iowa PGA Section, gave his team the first points of the day after knocking off Gary Ellis 5&4. The IGA continued their push and tacked on a point after Jamie Faidley defeated David Lawrence, 1 Up. 

Ryan Horner tied the Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, John Bermel and both sides added half of a point on to their totals. Dave Gaer took down Bryan Luedtke, 1 Up to give the IGA the lead in the Singles Matches total. 

The Iowa PGA Section kept their foot on the pedal and added two quick points with Todd Fowler’s win over Ron Peterson and the new Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Judd Gibb’s win over Brian Allison. 

Connor Peck was able to add a point after besting another Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Sean McCarty. Jeff Schmid took the match over Aaron O’Brien, but Terry Cook kept it going on the IGA’s side with a win over Dave Ranney. 

Needing to win the remainder of their matches, the IGA’s hopes of making the spectacular comeback were swept away with a big run by the Iowa PGA Section. Tracy Vest knocked off Jeff Collett and Matt Erger took down Cody Holck for two points.

Joe Palmer was able to interrupt their run with a win over Darin Fisher, but Davis Sutton and Jay Giannetto continued to score for the Iowa PGA Section. Sutton defeated Cole Davis and Giannetto claimed the win over Dusty Stewart. 

After the Iowa PGA Section’s run was completed, it was time for the IGA’s run. Four-straight points were added to the side of the IGA. Scot Cook won his match over John Shawver 2&1 and Ethan Mechling beat Chad Callan 2 Up in his match. 

Elmwood Country Club member, Kelly Brown, continued his good play and topped Mark Atchison in a match that ended 4&3. Iowa Golf Hall of Famer, Jon Brown, took the win over Chris Black for the fourth-straight IGA point. 

With two matches remaining, the Iowa PGA Section already had the win sealed up. Ben Montgomery added one more point to their total with a win over Trent Lindenman. The final match of the day between Luke Miller and Chad Proehl, who is in the 2021 Iowa Golf Hall of Fame class, ended in a tie. 

The IGA was able to match the Iowa PGA Section in the Singles Matches, but it wasn’t enough. The Iowa PGA Section’s outstanding performance yesterday was all they needed for the most part to claim the 54th Iowa Cup.


Score Summary
Iowa PGA Section: 24 points
Iowa Golf Association: 16 points

Four-Ball Matches
Jay Giannetto + Chad Callan def. Jon Brown + Scot Cook 3&2
Mark Atchison + Matt Erger def. Ethan Mechling + Trent Lindenman 1 Up
Davis Sutton + David Lawrence def. Dusty Stewart + Cody Holck 5&4
Judd Gibb + Darin Fisher def. Joe Palmer + Brian Allison 6&5
Connor Peck + Ryan Horner def. Chad Proehl + John Shawver 2 Up
Kelly Brown + Cole Davis def. John Bermel + Sean McCarty 1 Up
Tracy Vest + Chris Black def. Jeff Collett + Aaron O’Brien 3&1
Ben Montgomery + Jeff Schmid def. Luke Miller + Jamie Faidley 5&3
Todd Fowler + Dave Ranney def. Dave Gaer + Gary Ellis 4&3
Jeff Smith + Brian Luedtke def. Ron Peterson + Terry Cook 2&1

Foursome Matches
Chad Proehl + Judd Gibb def. Jon Brown + Ethan Mechling 2 Up
Mark Atchison + Chad Callan def. Jamie Faidley + Luke Miller 1 Up
Brian Allison + Trent Lindenman def. Davis Sutton + John Shawver 1 Up
Chris Black + Darin Fisher def. Scot Cook + Cole Davis 4&3
Jay Giannetto + Jeff Schmid def. Connor Peck + Kelly Brown 3&2
Tracey Vest + Sean McCarty def. Joe Palmer + Cody Holck 1 Up
Jeff Collett + Dusty Stewart def. Matt Erger + Ben Montgomery 2&1
David Lawrence + John Bermel def. Aaron O’Brien + Ryan Horner 2&1
Dave Gaer + Ron Peterson def. Todd Fowler + Brian Luedtke 2&1
Gary Ellis + Terry Cook def. Jeff Smith + Dave Ranney 3&2

Singles Matches
Jeff Smith def. Gary Ellis 5&4
Jamie Faidley def. David Lawrence 1 Up
Ryan Horner tied John Bermel
Dave Gaer def. Bryan Luedtke 1 Up
Todd Fowler def. Ron Peterson 1 Up
Judd Gibb def. Brian Allison 4&3
Connor Peck def. Sean McCarty 4&3
Jeff Schmid def. Aaron O’Brien 2&1
Terry Cook def. Dave Ranney 2&1
Tracy Vest def Jeff Collett 2 Up
Matt Erger def. Cody Holck 2&1
Joe Palmer def. Darin Fisher 4&3
Davis Sutton def. Cole Davis 6&4
Jay Giannetto def. Dusty Stewart 2 Up
Scot Cook def. John Shawver 2&1
Ethan Mechling def. Chad Callan 2 Up
Kelly Brown def. Mark Atchison 4&3
Jon Brown def. Chris Black 3&2
Ben Montgomery def. Trent Lindenman 2&1
Luke Miller tied Chad Proehl

Iowa PGA Section takes control at 54th Iowa Cup

Thursday marked the 54th Edition of the Iowa Cup Matches held at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. The Iowa PGA Section has been victorious more times than not recently, and they continued their dominance over the team representing the Iowa Golf Association today.

The Iowa Cup Matches consist of Four-Ball Matches, Foursome Matches and Singles Matches. In the morning round, the players competed in Four-Ball Matches after a shotgun start. The Iowa PGA Section earned eight points, while the IGA only totaled two.

Connor Peck and Ryan Horner took down Chad Proehl, who is in the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021, and John Shawver. Peck and Horner won the match 2 up and tacked on the Iowa Golf Association’s first points.

Elmwood Country Club members, Kelly Brown and Cole Davis, defeated Iowa Golf Hall of Famers, John Bermel and Sean McCarty. Brown and Davis claimed the match with a 1 up victory and put the second point on the board for the IGA.

Heading into the Foursome Matches, the IGA was down eight to two and needed a spark. Brian Allison and Trent Lindenman were able to get it going, winning their match 1 up over Davis Sutton and John Shawver.

Jeff Collet and Dusty Stewart claimed a win over Matt Erger and Ben Montgomery to give the IGA another point. Dave Gaer and Ron Peterson knocked off Todd Fowler and Bryan Luedtke. Gary Ellis and Terry Cook gave Iowa their fourth point of the round, beating Jeff Smith and Dave Ranney.

With an eight-point advantage going into the singles matches, the Iowa PGA Section has confidence. The Iowa Golf Association will need to battle to get back into contention, but they too have confidence after totaling four points in the second round.

You can follow the final round of the 54th Iowa Cup Matches tomorrow. Will the Iowa Golf Association make the comeback, or will the Iowa PGA Section take yet another win? We shall see!


Ace Alert – John Bermel has a hole in one on #12 to start the afternoon foursome session on Thursday – He used a pitching wedge from 125 yards. This marked his 15th career ace.


Score Summary
Iowa PGA Section: 14.00
Iowa Golf Association: 6.00

Four-Ball Matches
Jay Giannetto + Chad Callan def. Jon Brown + Scot Cook 3&2
Mark Atchison + Matt Erger def. Ethan Mechling + Trent Lindenman 1 Up
Davis Sutton + David Lawrence def. Dusty Stewart + Cody Holck 5&4
Judd Gibb + Darin Fisher def. Joe Palmer + Brian Allison 6&5
Connor Peck + Ryan Horner def. Chad Proehl + John Shawver 2 Up
Kelly Brown + Cole Davis def. John Bermel + Sean McCarty 1 Up
Tracy Vest + Chris Black def. Jeff Collett + Aaron O’Brien 3&1
Ben Montgomery + Jeff Schmid def. Luke Miller + Jamie Faidley 5&3
Todd Fowler + Dave Ranney def. Dave Gaer + Gary Ellis 4&3
Jeff Smith + Brian Luedtke def. Ron Peterson + Terry Cook 2&1

Foursome Matches
Chad Proehl + Judd Gibb def. Jon Brown + Ethan Mechling 2 Up
Mark Atchison + Chad Callan def. Jamie Faidley + Luke Miller 1 Up
Brian Allison + Trent Lindenman def. Davis Sutton + John Shawver 1 Up
Chris Black + Darin Fisher def. Scot Cook + Cole Davis 4&3
Jay Giannetto + Jeff Schmid def. Connor Peck + Kelly Brown 3&2
Tracey Vest + Sean McCarty def. Joe Palmer + Cody Holck 1 Up
Jeff Collett + Dusty Stewart def. Matt Erger + Ben Montgomery 2&1
David Lawrence + John Bermel def. Aaron O’Brien + Ryan Horner 2&1
Dave Gaer + Ron Peterson def. Todd Fowler + Brian Luedtke 2&1
Gary Ellis + Terry Cook def. Jeff Smith + Dave Ranney 3&2

54th Iowa Cup set to go at Elmwood CC

The year was 1968 and the Iowa Cup was born that fall. In what was then a stroke play event, both the Iowa Section PGA and Iowa Golf Association met at newly-minted Des Moines Golf & Country Club. The amateurs would capture the cup that year – by the margin of one stroke.

Fast forward to 2021 – the Iowa Cup continues for the 54th time and is now a match play, Ryder Cup style event. It will be contested this fall at Elmwood Country Club (pictured above) in Marshalltown on Sept. 23-24. The Iowa Golf Association and Iowa PGA Section, winners of the last four matches, will name honorary captains for their teams.  Bill Dickens has been named the captain of the IGA squad while the Iowa PGA captain will be Mark Egly.

Dickens was the longtime Executive Director of the IGA, serving in that capacity from 2001 until 2016, where he transitioned into more of an advisory role until his full retirement at the end of 2020.

Egly is consistently ranked as one of the “Best Golf Instructors” in the Midwest and in the United States by all the major golf publications, including being Golf Digests #1 Ranked instructor in Iowa for a decade as well as earning the PGA of Iowa’s Teacher of the Year multiple times.

The Iowa Cup Matches’ schedule will be as follows
-Thursday (Sept 23) morning – Four-Ball Matches
-Thursday afternoon – Foursome Matches
-Thursday evening – Player’s dinner
-Friday (Sept 24) – Singles matches
-The Cup will be presented to the winning team following play on Friday

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Team IGA
Jon Brown
Connor Peck
Ethan Mechling
Trent Lindenman
Kelly Brown
Scot Cook
Luke Miller
Brian Allison
Cody Holck
Jeff Collett
Joe Palmer
Cole Davis
Dusty Stewart
Aaron O’Brien
Jon Olson
Ryan Horner
Dave Gaer
Gary Ellis
Ron Peterson
Terry Cook

Team ISPGA
Mark Atchison
John Bermel
Chris Black
Chad Callan
Matt Erger
Darin Fisher
Jay Giannetto
Judd Gibb
David Lawrence
Sean McCarty
Ben Montgomery
Chad Proehl
Jeff Schmid
John Shawver
Davis Sutton
Tracy Vest
Todd Fowler
Bryan Luedtke
Dave Ranney
Jeff Smith

Buermans take 61st Iowa Wife-Husband Championship, two share Super Senior crown

Brian and Julie Buerman claimed the 61st Iowa Wife-Husband Championship at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. After a first round 75 in the Open Division, the Buermans knew they had some ground to make up to win this year’s championship.

Starting their final round, Brian and Julie posted a 37 on their front nine. With their back nine remaining, they started to heat up. After making the turn, the couple went four-under in their first five holes on their final nine.

Their final round 69 was enough to edge the second-place finishers in the Open Division, Amanda and Ryan Lambert and Juliana and Reed Burckholder. The Lamberts and the Burckholders finished the weekend with a 147 tally.

In fourth place was Alan and Stephanie Johnson, who posted a two-round 149 total. Fifth place went to Betsy and Ryan Ratchford after carding a 152.

In the Super Senior Division, Cindy and Peter Reinersten tied for the championship with Mary Fran and Mike Stopulos for first place with a two-round total of 159. Mary and Mike were in the lead by one shot over Cindy and Peter after the first round, but one shot was not enough to take the win outright.

During Cindy’s and Peter’s final round, they carded an 81 to finish the championship in an overall tie. Mary and Mike finished before them and that gave Cindy and Peter a number to shoot for.

Doug and Nancy Witham finished in third place in the Super Senior Division with a 162 tally. Alone in fourth place was Betsy and Jerry Munn after carding a 163. Jeanette and Raymond Fredericksen tied with Al and Mary Rausch for fifth place.


Open Division
1. Brian & Julie Buerman 144
T2. Amanda & Ryan Lambert 147
T2. Julianna & Reed Burkholder 147
4. Alan & Stephanie Johnson 149
5. Betsy & Ryan Ratchford 152

Super Senior Division
T1. Cindy & Peter Reinersten 159
T1. Mary Fran & Mike Stopulos 159
3. Doug & Nancy Witham 162
4. Betsy & Jerry Munn 163
T5. Jeanette & Raymond Fredericksen 164
T5. Al & Mary Rausch 164

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Watson/Boothe collect title in Boone, Hansen/Parmenter grab net crown

From left – Soni Hansen, Ardrae Parmenter, Tish Boothe and Fiona Watson.

What a great way to cap off the IGA Women’s Mid-Am Series Events with a fun tournament over the weekend at Honey Creek Golf Club in Boone. Fiona Watson and Tish Boothe won their second Mid-Am Series Event of the season after carding a five-under 66 in Saturday’s round.

Boothe helped the team with a quick birdie on the first hole. Watson followed it up with another birdie on the fourth hole. On holes 6-10, Boothe was on a hot streak. She recorded three birdies and made four-straight pars after the 10th hole. 

Sitting at four-under with one hole remaining and the tournament locked up, Boothe continued to pour it on and made another birdie on the final hole. Watson and Boothe took the win by five shots. Watson carded a 74 and Boothe fired a 69 for a 66 total in four-ball format.

Nicki Clayton and Julie Hartman tied with Michelle Klein and Kelly Nelson for second place. The two teams posted an even round of 71 but finished five shots behind the leaders. Mikayla Olson and Kelly Davidson tied with Carroll Dethrow and Janece Schwartzkopf for fourth place at one-over. 

In the Net Division, Soni Hansen and Ardrae Parmenter won off a card-back over Nicki Clayton and Julie Hartman after posting an 11-under net round of 60. Hansen has now won back-to-back Women’s Mid-Am Series Events after her win at A.H. Blank in Des Moines. 

Carroll Dethrow and Janece Schwartzkopf took third place with an eight-under net round. Kathy Fortune and Laura Pierce posted seven-under to take fourth place. Rounding out the top-five are the Gross Division champions, Watson and Boothe. 


Gross Division
1. Fiona Watson/Tish Boothe -5 66
T2. Nicki Clayton/Julie Hartman E 71
T2. Michelle Klein/Kelly Nelson E 71
T4. Mikayla Olson/Julie Davidson +1 72
T4. Carroll Dethrow/Janece Schwartzkopf +1 72

Net Division
1. Soni Hansen/Ardrae Parmenter -11 60
2. Nicki Clayton/Julie Hartman -11 60
3. Carroll Dethrow/Janece Schwartzkopf -8 63
4. Kathy Fortune/Laura Pierce -7 64
5. Fiona Watson/Tish Boothe -6 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

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