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Hansen battles back, wins 74th Herman Sani Tournament

Waverly’s Hogan Hansen (right) turned a three-stroke deficit into a three-stroke victory at the 74th Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises, held at Hyperion Field Club. Trumping a field of amateurs and professionals, Hansen adds another title to the list of Hawkeye winners this summer. After strong performances throughout the season on the IGA circuit, Hansen finally broke through with a victory at his last tournament of the summer.

A (-10) 68-69-69, three-round total of 206 was sufficient to win with Hyperion playing more difficult than expected. Hansen was neck-to-neck with Solon’s Isaiah Zoske throughout most of the round. Although he never checked the leaderboard until he was signing his scorecard, he could tell that he was in the running.

A late bogey on Hole 17 threatened a possible playoff, but Hansen kept his cool with a par on Hole 18 and let things take their course. Zoske, who was tied for the lead heading into Hole 16, finished bogey, double, bogey and fell to T4.

Hansen, known as a long hitter, made the most of his power with Hyperion’s short Par 4s and reachable 5s. Several drivable Par 4s gave Hansen short chip shots into the green and helped to avoid the worst of the greens. Hitting second-shot irons into Par 5s and “not having to hit long clubs into the greens” obviously gave him an advantage.

Although Hansen (left) wasn’t satisfied with his putting performance, simply surviving Hyperion’s fast and tricky to read greens was enough of a challenge and essential to scoring.

“The greens are always a great test,” Hansen reflected. “I use Aim Point. Everybody says the greens break towards camp dodge, but I just stuck to feeling my feet.”

With solid putting, Hansen cracked a hot start during his final round with three birdies in his first five holes.

Zoske deserves credit for a terrific overall performance. Even after an early double on Hole 3, he found his footing and went -2 on his next twelve holes. The high school junior and long time competitor hit a growth spurt this past year and his distance reflects it, as he rivals his collegiate counterparts off the tee. While his consistency is still being refined, his performance at the Sani is auspicious despite his last-minute falter. Leading a field of collegiate, high-level amateur, and professional players deserves high praise.

Former Panther golfer Thomas Storbeck, of Ventura, tied with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) golfer Anthoney Ruthey, of Port Byron, for runner-up at (-7) 209. Professionals Andrew Petersen, of Bondurant, and Charles Jahn, of Sperry, tied for the low-professional score at (-6) 210. Overall, they joined Ankeny’s Connor Peck, Zoske, and Norwalk’s Patrick Hall at T4.

In the Senior Amateur Division, Adel’s Jon Brown triumphed over Lineville’s Jay Gregory (both pictured right) in a one-hole playoff. The pair finished at (-6) 210, seven strokes ahead of the field. Gregory, whose approach bounced over the green on Hole 17 in the playoff, drained a bomb of a putt to save par, but Brown outdid him with a birdie. Brown won the Herman Sani Tournament in the Open Overall Division back in 1993, with the exact same score.

Des Moines’ Rob Pomerantz took over the Super Senior Amateur Division with a (+2) 218 total, seven strokes ahead of runners-up West Des Moines’ Bob Brooks, Marshalltown’s Rob Christensen, and Polk City’s Joe Ward at (+9) 225. Pomerantz improved every round, carding 76-72-70.

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Zoske takes control at 74th Herman Sani Tournament

The second round of the 74th Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises at Hyperion Field Club (above) proved just as difficult as the first day, if not more so.

Solon’s Isaiah Zoske (right) fired yet another (-5) 67 to take the lead at 10-under heading into Sunday’s final round. Port Byron’s Anthoney Ruthey sits in second at -9 after also carding a (-5) 67. Norwalk’s Patrick Hall, Ventura’s Thomas Storbeck, and Waverly’s Hogan Hansen are tied for third at -7.

The Open Overall field was cut to 53 players at +7.

The Senior Amateur Division is led by Adel’s Jon Brown, who seized the lead with a (-1) 71. Lineville’s Jay Gregory falls to second with a (+2) 74, sitting at -1 after two rounds. Ottumwa’s Jeff Collett and Waukee’s Dave Cunningham are within striking distance at even-par.

Eighteen players remain in the Senior Amateur Division with the cut at +12.

Des Moines’ Robert Pomerantz leads the Super Senior Amateur Division at +4 after a strong (E) 72, the lowest round of the tournament in his division. Day one leader Rob Christensen, of Marshalltown, follows at +5 with Polk City’s Joe Ward next at +6.

The Super Senior Amateur Division cut at +16 trims the field down to twelve competitors.

The final round on Sunday will feature Zoske in the final pairing as he attempts to protect his lead from the four current or former collegiate golfers hot on his heels.

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Hall leads after opening round of 74th Herman Sani Tournament

Norwalk’s Patrick Hall leads the 74th Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises after the opening round. The annual tournament named after Herman Sani, an inspiring figure in Iowa golf history, is being contested this year at Hyperion Field Club in Johnston.

Hall, a former Iowa State golfer, took advantage of a still day by firing a (-6) 66 in a nearly bogey-free round. Seven birdies and a single bogey earned him his solo lead heading into round two. Hall, an amateur, leads the Open Overall Division which includes professionals and amateurs.

Hyperion’s own Tommy Vining (p) is tied for second at (-5) 67 with Solon’s Isaiah Zoske. Vining submitted an incredibly uneventful scorecard with six birdies and twelve pars.

On the other hand, Zoske kept spectators entertained. Three bogeys, six birdies, and an eagle peppered his scorecard with squares and circles. Regardless, Zoske got the result he wanted, all the more impressive as he is one of the youngest competitors in the field.

Fourteen players finished within three strokes of the lead. At this point, it’s anyone’s game. Hyperion’s infamous fast and tricky greens will undoubtedly cause trouble down the stretch, but it will reward those who can adapt quickly by separating the leaders from the pack.

In the Senior Amateur Division, Lineville’s Jay Gregory and Urbandale’s Ron Peterson share the low score of (-3) 69. Not to be outdone is Adel’s Jon Brown at (-2) 70 and Ankeny’s Curtis Holck at (-1) 71. Several familiar winners follow not far behind.

The race is just as tight in the Super Senior Amateur Division. Marshalltown’s Rob Christensen holds the first position with a (+2) 74, despite a lackluster front nine with four bogeys. Ankeny’s Mike McDonald and Polk City’s Joe Ward sit at (+3) 75 and Urbandale’s John Brown and Des Moines’ Robert Pomerantz at (+4) 76.

After the second round of the Herman Sani the field will be cut to the low sixty players and ties.

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Fisher plays steady, wins 73rd Herman Sani Tournament

Professional, Darin Fisher (above), finished out with 10-straight pars to seal the deal and win the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament on Sunday, held at Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk.

The first round gave the (now) two-time Herman Sani Tournament champion zero fits as he put together a bogey-free, three-under round of 68. That momentum changed as the second round came around the corner.

“I started off with bogey on the first hole during my second round, so I said, ‘I guess today was going to be one of those where you throw in a few bogeys and make a few birdies’,” Fisher said.

Fisher recorded three bogeys and five birdies to finished tied for the lead going into the final round.

On Fisher’s opening nine, he opened with a one-under 34 to give him a four-shot lead over the low-amateur, Connor Peck. As the two competitors made the turn, Connor found himself two-back after two more birdies on 10 and 13. 

As Fisher approached the 16th hole, he was left with a ‘knee-knocker’ to save his par. The putt hit the back of the cup and fell, leaving Fisher with a two-shot lead with two holes to play.

“That putt was big,” Fisher said. “I was totally fooled on the downhill part of that putt, but I told myself, ‘You’re going to make this, you’re going to make this,’ and I stayed positive, and I just rolled that thing in.”

With pars on 17 and 18, Fisher claimed his second Herman Sani Tournament title.

“This tournament is so great,” Fisher said. “There are so many great players in this event. I won at Hyperion before and so it is great to know now that my game travels here. I love winning events that Chad (Pitts) and his staff run. I am just really proud.”

Peck (right) made a run at the overall title, but late bogeys altered his plans and sent him to a playoff with Anthony Ruthey for the low-amateur title. 

“I made five on 17 and five on 18 so I felt like I gave away two at the end,” Peck said. “It worked out in the end; Anthony and I had a good playoff.”

Peck won the fourth playoff hole to seal the victory and conclude an impressive week. 

Defending champion, Jay Gregory does it again in the Senior Division. Knocking off the Norwalk native and 2021 IGA Senior Player of the Year, Joe Palmer, for the second straight year is a feat in itself. 

“This win is special,” Gregory said. “I look forward to coming back next year and trying to three-peat.”

Gregory’s scores were about as consistent as they could get, tallying rounds of 71, 70 and a final 70 to keep the trophy in his possession. 

“There so many good players,” Gregory said. “Playing in any IGA tournament is tough. I was hitting the ball well all week and I finally made some putts today; I was kind of struggling the last two days.”

Palmer finished one shot back of Gregory (right) at one-under par for the week. Early bogeys on the card left Palmer hanging on as Gregory jumped out of the gate with three birdies on his first nine holes. 

Jeff Collett, the 2022 IGA Match Play Champion, took third place. Collett ended his tournament run with a six-over total and a 74 on the final day. The 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier, Curtis Holck, was the fourth-place finisher at seven-over par.

Wrapping up the Senior Division’s top-five was the 2023 Walker Cup Captain, Mike McCoy, and former Iowa Amateur Champion, Brian Verduyn. The two historic Iowa golfers carded eight-over tallies for the week.

The 2021 Super Senior Player of the Year, Pat Ryan, marches to the finish line in an impressive fashion. Ryan was down five shots after round one, but dug deep and fought to claim the Super Senior Division title. 

“I wanted to win this more than any other tournament,” Ryan said. “Thanks to the Iowa Golf Association and Echo Valley Country Club, this place was fantastic. It means a lot to me.”

A birdie on the 16th and a par on his 17th hole gave Ryan (right) the two stroke lead over the runner-up finisher, Robert Pomerantz. Ryan had been searching for a lead all week and for it to appear just in time showed the strength Ryan brought to the table. 

Rob Christensen took third place after tying Tom Schill for the low round of the day. Christensen carded a 71 to sneak back into contention. Joel Yunek and Jim Madsen round out the top-five with an 11-over tally. 

The 61st IGA Women’s Club Team Championship begins today. Follow our live scoring feature and find out which club shines the brightest at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids. 

Open Division
1. Darin Fisher 68-69-70=207
T2. Connor Peck 69-72-69=210
T2. Anthony Ruthey 67-72-71=210
T2. Matthew Walker 68-74-68=210
5. Matthew Jennings 67-74-70=211

Amateur Division
1. Connor Peck 69-72-69=210 *Won Playoff*
2. Anthony Ruthey 67-72-71=210
T3. Nate McCoy 72-73-67=212
T3. Sam Vertanen 71-67-74=212
5. Ian Meyer 66-77-70=213

Senior Division
1. Jay Gregory 71-70-70=211
2. Joe Palmer 71-68-73=212
3. Jeff Collett 72-73-74=219
4. Curtis Holck 72-70-78=220
T5. Mike McCoy 71-75-75=221
T5. Brian Verduyn 74-70-77=221

Super Senior Division
1. Pat Ryan 76-70-73=219
2. Robert Pomerantz 75-73-72=220
3. Rob Christensen 76-74-71=221
T4. Joel Yunek 73-75-76=224
T4. Jim Madsen 72-72-80=224

Fisher takes lead into final round of 73rd Herman Sani Tournament

Making a charge was the name of the game on Saturday as Darin Fisher (above) took the lead after round two of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament at Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk. 

After carding a bogey free 68 in round one, Fisher had a little more adversity during his second run at Echo Valley Country Club. Three bogeys jumped at Fisher. He fought back by tacking on five birdies to take a one-shot lead into the final round. 

Sam Vertanen was red-hot during his round today. With a four-under front-nine, Vertanen had it going early. Two more birdies were added to Vertanen’s card to start his back-nine, but finished his final four holes at two-over par.

Paired together for the first two rounds seemed to help Logan Barnes and Anthony Ruthey as they will head into the final round in a tie for third place. Barnes was our solo leader at seven-under par, but two double bogeys on his 15th hole and 17th hole set him back.

Ruthey played his front-nine at one-over par and carded an even back-nine to finish with a 72 on the day. Matthew Jennings, a fellow professional to Fisher, tied for fifth place with Connor Peck and Parker Oleson at one-under par.

The 2021 Senior Player of the Year, Joe Palmer, holds a two-shot lead over defending champion, Jay Gregory. Palmer posted a three-under round that included four birdies and on lone bogey on the twelfth hole. 

Jay Gregory kept himself in contention with a one-under round. Gregory began his day at two-over par through his first twelve holes, but three birdies in his final six holes pushed him back towards the top.

Recent U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier, Curtis Holck, finished his second round in third place. Holck totaled four birdies en route to a one-under round of 70. Brian Verduyn found himself five back of Palmer but crept back inside the top-five after tying Gregory and Holck at one-under par today.

The 2022 IGA Senior Match Play Champion, Jeff Collett is inside the top-five at three-over par for the tournament. Don’t count him out as he knows how to go low quickly. 

A new leader appears in the Super Senior Division. Jim Madsen fired back-to-back rounds of 72 to grab the lead by two shots over the 2021 Super Senior Player of the Year, Pat Ryan. 

On his final nine, Madsen caught fire, knocking in five birdies. The late hot streak was met with a double bogey on his final hole, but the 2021 runner-up will head into the final round with the lead.

Ryan carded the low round of the day with a one-under 70. Stranded on the right side of the seventh hole, Ryan punched out to five feet and with excitement, drained the birdie. 

Robert Pomerantz and Joel Yunek finished in a tie for third place with 148 tallies. Rob Christensen rounds out the top-five after a 74 in today’s round. Christensen will head into the final round with a 150 total.

The final round of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament begins Sunday morning. Keep up with the action using our live scoring feature and find out who will be crowned the Herman Sani Tournament champion in all divisions.

Open Division
1. Darin Fisher 68-69=137
2. Sam Vertanen 71-67=138
T3. Anthony Ruthey 67-72=139
T3. Logan Barnes 66-73=139
T5. Matthew Jennings 67-74=141
T5. Connor Peck 69-72=141
T5. Parker Oleson 74-67=141

Amateur Division
Sam Vertanen 71-67=138
T2. Anthony Ruthey 67-72=139
T2. Logan Barnes 66-73=139
T4. Connor Peck 69-72=141
T4. Parker Oleson 74-67=141

Senior Division
1. Joe Palmer 71-68=139
2. Jay Gregory 71-70=141
3. Curtis Holck 72-70=142
4. Brian Verduyn 74-70=144
5. Jeff Collett 72-73=145

Super Senior Division
1. Jim Madsen 72-72=144
2. Pat Ryan 76-70=146
T3. Robert Pomerantz 75-73=148
T3. Joel Yunek 73-75=148
Rob Christensen 76-74=150

Two share lead at 73rd Herman Sani Tournament

After round one of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament, two amateurs, Ian Meyer and Logan Barnes (above), lead the way, both with five-under rounds. 

The early morning tee-times favored our two leaders.

One-under going into his final nine holes, Meyer knew he needed to make something happen. Four birdies to close out his bogey-free, first round score, gave Meyer a tie for the lead alongside Barnes.  

Barnes couldn’t seem to keep the birdies off his scorecard. Eight birdies to only three bogeys gave Barnes a one-shot advantage going into the second round.  

A three-way tie for third place between Ethan Mechling, Anthony Ruthey and the Pro Division leader, Matthew Jennings rounds out the top-five. Those three competitors will head into the second round one shot off the lead at four-under. 

Three of the top seniors in Iowa lead the Senior Division. The 2023 Walker Cup Captain, Mike McCoy, carded an early morning round of 71, only to watch Joe Palmer and Jay Gregory tie him in their afternoon rounds. 

This year’s Senior Match Play champion, Jeff Collett, finished in a three-way tie with the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier, Curtis Holck, and Kris Greenfield. All three competitors recorded one-over rounds and sit one shot below the leaders.

Defending champion, Bill Tank, holds a one-shot lead in the Super Senior Division. Early adversity struck Tank after a four-over start in his first four holes. Looking forward, Tank carded five total birdies to give him the early advantage. 

Jim Madsen finds himself one-shot behind Tank after a one-over round. With three birdies on his opening nine, Madsen will seek out another hot start in tomorrow’s second round. Joel Yunek holds third place with a two-over round of 73.

The second round of the 73rd Herman Sani Tournament will start back up Saturday morning. Follow the action on moving day using our live scoring feature to see if the leaders hang on for another day or if someone else jumps up to the top.

Open Division
T1. Ian Meyer -5 66
T1. Logan Barnes -5 66
T3. Matthew Jennings -4 67
T3. Ethan Mechling -4 67
T3. Anthony Ruthey -4 67

Amateur Division
T1. Ian Meyer -5 66
T1. Logan Barnes -5 66
T3. Ethan Mechling -4. 67
T3. Anthony Ruthey -4 67
5. Connor Peck -2 69

Senior Division
T1. Mike McCoy E 71
T1. Jay Gregory E 71
T1. Joe Palmer E 71
T4. Jeff Collett +1 72
T4. Curtis Holck +1 72
T4. Kris Greenfield +1 72

Super Senior Division
1. Bill Tank E 71
2. Jim Madsen +1 72
3. Joel Yunek +2 73
T4. Mike McDonald +4 75
T4. David Studer +4 75
T4. Robert Pomerantz +4 75
T4. Tom Schill +4 75

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

Swegle finishes in a flurry, wins 71st Herman Sani Tournament

Professional Jeff Swegle (pictured above), of West Des Moines, grew up watching several of Iowa’s finest players win the Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises. Following a dazzling eagle-birdie-birdie finish, he has now joined their ranks, clinching the 71st Herman Sani Tournament victory after firing a final round of 66 (-6) for a 54-hole total of 204 (-12). 

“It feels great”, Swegle said. “I’ve grown up with a lot of guys who have had success at this tournament – the elder statesmen now. It’s awesome to come back and compete against them and be able to win. It’s a great feeling.”

Swegle found himself 4-under par on the day after 13 holes, before back-to-back bogies temporarily derailed his comeback bid. Swegle didn’t flinch. He holed out from the bunker for eagle on the par-4 sixteenth and followed it up with birdies on the final two holes to secure his victory. 

He stressed the importance of avoiding errors while taking advantage of the birdie opportunities that Hyperion Field Club presents.

“I didn’t really keep mistakes off the card today, but I was able to make the birdies I needed,” Swegle said. “I was just trying to stay away from mistakes.”

Iowa Golf Hall of Famer Jon Brown, of Adel, carded a bogey-free round of 67 (-5) on Sunday to win the Amateur Division and finish second overall in the Open Division with a 54-hole tally of 205 (-11). In a three-way tie for third overall at 208 (-8) were PGA Professional Sean McCarty (Solon), Jon Olson (Ankeny), and Nate McCoy (Ankeny). 

IGA veteran Joe Palmer, of Norwalk, captured his third Senior Division title for the third time in the event (2013, 2017, 2020) with his wire-to-wire victory, posting rounds of 69-71-72 for a 54-hole total of 212 (-4). Norwalk’s Terry Cook finished runner-up, carding a final round of 70 (-2) to finish four strokes off of the lead. 

West Des Moines’ David Studer sealed the deal in the Super Senior Division, posting a final round of 75 (+3) to win three-shots clear of the field with a 54-hole total of 217 (+1). Two-time defending champion Rob Christensen, of Marshalltown, finished runner-up with a three-day tally of 220 (+4).

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