Category: Championships

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

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

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


Echo Valley CC, Elmcrest CC win titles at 60th IGA Women’s Club Team

Following a great day for scoring at Elmcrest Country Club by many teams, Echo Valley Country Club (pictured above) captured the Team Gross title at the 60th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship. Team members, who posted 214 (+4), of Echo Valley CC included Leanne Smith, Jordan Rose, Valerie Weis and Lauren Backer. Echo Valley CC was led by Leanne Smith, who was medalist of the Individual Gross Division, who fired four-under par 66.

Briarwood Golf Club, who also posted 214 (+4), finished runner-up via the tiebreaker. Briarwood Golf Club’s team included Mikayla Olson, Julie Davidson, Kesi Linden and Emily Wilson.

In the Team Net Division home course knowledge won out, as Elmcrest Country Club (above) won the title by one shot over Echo Valley CC. Elmcrest CC, who shot 205 (-5) in the net portion of the event, was led by Julie Buerman (69 net). The team from Elmcrest CC included Buerman, Bailey Hammerberg, Amy Worden and Mary Hoefle.

Earning medalist honors in the Individual Net Division was Joanie Steinmetz (above) of Des Moines Golf & Country Club. Steinmetz had a great day on the course, shooting five-under par 65, good for a one-shot victory over Cathy West, of Urbandale Country Club.

Team Gross Division
1. Echo Valley CC – 214*
2. Briarwood Golf Club – 214
3. Elmcrest CC – 220
4. Irv Waren Memorial Golf Course – 222
5. Sunnyside Country Club – 234
*Won tiebreaker

Individual Gross
1. Leanne Smith – 66
2. Julie Buerman – 70
3. Emily Wilson – 72
4. Mikayla Olson – 73
5. Geri Huser – 74

Team Net
1. Elmcrest CC – 205
2. Echo Valley CC – 206
3. Ankeny Golf & CC – 207
T4. Urbandale CC – 210
T4. Echo Valley CC – 210
T4. Irv Warren Memorial GC – 210

Individual Net
1. Joanie Steinmetz – 65
2. Cathy West – 66
3. Leanne Smith – 68
T4. Jordan Rose – 69
T4. Julie Buerman – 69
T4. Noreen Christians – 69
T4. Adrea Parmenter – 69
T4. Jennifer Corkrean – 69

Steffen makes Sunday charge, wins 72nd Herman Sani Tournament

He did it again.

Zach Steffen, of Des Moines, is now the owner of two (2018, 2021) Herman Sani Championships, both times his success has come at Hyperion Field Club. This year finishing at 18-under-par. Steffen fired rounds of 63, 71 and 64 and stayed one shot ahead of Iowa State University graduate, Tripp Kinney.

“I looked at the leaderboard on number seven and saw that the guys ahead of me were playing well,” Steffen said. “I knew I had to step on the pedal a little and keep making birdies. I would check it periodically and I looked on 16 tee and saw that I only had a one-shot lead. I was able to make a birdie on 17 and I knew par on 18 would get it done.”

Steffen’s second round score of 71 set him back a little, but he knew he could fire another low round on Sunday. With help from his first round of 63, Steffen was able to stay two shots off the lead following Saturday’s play.

“It is always hard to follow up a round of 63, like I had during Friday’s round,” Steffen said. “I lost my swing a little bit there, but I was able to find it last night and saw my swing on video and was able to see where I got off.”

Kinney’s runner-up place finish was nothing short of remarkable. Hunting pins seemed to be Kinney’s motto for the tournament. After 54-holes, Kinney only recorded three bogeys and filled the score card with 20 birdies.

Finishing in a tie for third with a final score of 14-under, Lachlan Barker (left) claimed the low-amateur honor this week after a three-player playoff. Barker, a fifth-year player at Iowa State, carded rounds of 64, 71 and 67 and was just four shots off the lead.

Anthony Ruthey, of Port Byron, also finished in a tie for third, but couldn’t save par on the first playoff hole. It came down to New Sharon’s Trent Lindenman and Barker for the low-amateur trophy. Barker stuck it close ,but missed his birdie putt on the second playoff hole. Lindenman had a chance to send it to extra holes but missed his parr putt.

There was a battle in the Senior Division between Jay Gregory (right), of Lineville, and Joe Palmer, of Norwalk. The. The two competitors ended up in a playoff and Gregory was able to win it on the first hole. Palmer, who has had one of his best seasons, could not get it going during his back nine.

Palmer started his day at five-under through his first eight holes, but two bogeys and two doubles placed him in a playoff with Gregory. Gregory continued to fight and made pars down the stretch to put himself in a position to win. The two battled, but Gregory came out with the victory.

A first-time winner, Bill Tank (left) of Bettendorf, took the Super Senior Division. Tank shot rounds of 74, 75 and 72 and won the playoff over Jim Madsen. Tank’s tee shot on the first playoff hole went left, but he stayed focused and was able to tie the hole.

“I actually gave myself a putt to win the match after that tee shot, but it didn’t go in,” Tank said. “I was able to win on the next hole after a good chip.”

Playoff matches in three of the four divisions means there was good golf being played. Zach Steffen, Lachlan Barker, Jay Gregory and Bill Tank will place their names in the rich history of this tournament.

Open Division (Overall)
1. Zach Steffen (p) 63-71-64-198
2. Tripp Kinney (p) 67-68-64-199
T3. Lachlan Barker 64-71-67-202*
T3. Anthony Ruthey 67-68-67-202
T3. Trent Lindenman 67-68-67-202
T3. Andrew Petersen (p) 65-67-70-202

*Won the playoff for the Low-Amateur


Senior Amateur Division
1. Jay Gregory 72-69-71-212*
2. Joe Palmer 68-71-73-212
3. Curtis Holck 75-69-69-213
4. Mike Gaul 73-68-75-216
T5. Bret Taylor 76-72-71-219
T5. Ron Peters 73-71-75-219

*Won the playoff


Super Senior Amateur Division
1. Bill Tank 74-75-72-221*
2. Jim Madsen 74-75-72-221
3. Pat Ryan 77-71-75-223
4. Scott Hornstein 76-75-75-226
5. Rob Christensen 76-75-76-227

*Won the playoff

Petersen takes lead into final round of 72nd Herman Sani Tournament

After two rounds at the 72nd Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises, Bondurant’s Andrew Petersen (above) holds the lead by two shots over Jon Brown, of Adel, and the 2018 Herman Sani Tournament Champion, Zach Steffen. Petersen has recorded only one bogey through his 36-holes, and he carded two eagles. Rounds of 65 and 67 put Petersen in the lead heading into the last round at Hyperion Field Club.

Brown is currently the low amateur at ten-under par. In his round today, Brown recorded ten birdies and finished at seven-under to rocket up the leaderboard. Steffen had a quiet round today, but his 63 in the first round has him sitting in a tie for second place.

Joe Palmer, of Norwalk, maintains the lead heading into the final round. Palmer fired back-to-back under-par rounds with a one-under, 71 today. Jay Gregory, of Lineville, was down four shots, but managed to get two shots back on Palmer. Gregory shot three-under and is tied with Mike Gaul who had the lowest round by any senior today. Gaul posted a four-under 68 and made up three shots today. 

In the Super Senior division, Jim Madsen keeps his lead after two rounds. Madsen shot an even 72 in his round today and increased his lead to two. Robert Johnson holds second place with rounds of 74 and 73. Pat Ryan, who leads the Super Senior Player of the Year race, sits in third place at four-over par. 

The final round will continue tomorrow morning with the first tee-time beginning at 7:30. You can follow the live leaderboard using this link

Open Division (Overall)
1. Andrew Petersen (p) 65-67-132
T2. Jon Brown 69-65-134
T2. Zach Steffen 63-71-134
T4. Anthony Ruthey 67-68-135
T4. Tripp Kinney (p) 67-68-135
T4. Trent Lindenman 67-68-135
T4. Lachlan Barker 64-71-135

Senior Amateur
1. Joe Palmer 68-71-139
T2. Jay Gregory 72-69-141
T2. Mike Gaul 73-68-141
T4. John Evans 75-69-144
T4. Ron Peterson 73-71-144
T4. Curtis Holck 75-69-144

Super Senior Amateur
1. Jim Madsen 73-72-145
2. Robert Johnson 74-73-147
3. Pat Ryan 77-71-148
T4. Bill Tank 74-75-149
T4. Jamie Blackburn 74-75-149

Past champ leads 72nd Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises

The first round of the 72nd Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises at Hyperion Field Club has concluded and low scores were to be had. 2018 Herman Sani Champion Zach Steffen, of West Des Moines, fired a low 63 that included nine birdies and a bogey free round. Steffen, who is in the professional division, carded a 32 on the front nine and a 31 on the back nine.

Sitting in second place is Iowa State Universoty’s fifth-year senior, Lachlan Barker. With three birdies right out the gate, you could say Barker got off to a hot start. Barker is leading all amateurs at eight-under par after posting a 64 that also included nine birdies. 

Andrew Peterson, of Bondurant, turned in a seven-under 65 today with five birdies and an eagle on the third hole. Another Iowa State Cyclone, Jake Slocum, has put himself in contention with a six-under 66 and holds fourth place alone. 

Norwalk’s, Joe Palmer, holds a four-shot lead over Kirk Macumber after firing the only under-par round for the Senior Division at four-under. Palmer, who won the IGA Match Play and the IGA Senior Match Play and will give it his all to win the Senior Division at the Herman Sani Tournament. 

Jim Madsen, of Carroll, has the lead by one over three Super Senior Division after carding a 73 today. Bill Tank, Jamie Blackburn and Robert Johnson all sit in a three-way tie for second place at two-over par. To add to the ties in the close race for the Super Senior division, fifth place is owned by five different players. 

Congratulations to our four Herman Sani scholars and our five Ann Griffel scholars. They have all worked hard and have earned these prestigious awards. Each were honored during a banquet held following the opening round of play.

Herman Sani Scholars
Luke Meyer
Jaci Webb
Paige Hoffman
Jack Dumas

Ann Griffel Scholars
Anna Nacos
Amara Lytle
Madeline Streicher
Hannah Fangmann
Isabelle Schneidermann

Open Division (Overall)
1. Zach Steffen (p) -9 63
2. Lachlan Barker -8 64
3. Andrew Petersen (p) -7 65
4. Jake Slocum -6 66
T5. Anthony Ruthey -5 67
T5. Tripp Kinney (p) -5 67
T5. Lukas Pany -5 67
T5. Trent Lindenman -5 67
T5. Tyler Smith (p) -5 67

Senior Amateur
1. Joe Palmer -4 68
T2. Kirk Macumber E 72
T2. Jay Gregory E 72
T4. Andy Burton +1 73
T4. Tom Schill +1 73
T4. Ron Peterson +1 73
T4. Tim McKnight +1 73
T4. Mike Gaul +1 73

Super Senior Amateur:
1. Jim Madsen +1 73
T2. Bill Tank +2 74
T2. Jamie Blackburn +2 74
T2. Robert Johnson +2 74
T5. Randy Studer +4 76
T5. John Brown +4 76
T5. John Matovina +4 76
T5. Scott Hornstein +4 76
T5. Rob Christensen +4 76

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