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Steffen wins 69th Herman Sani Tournament, Palmer & Christensen capture division titles

It came down to who was going to hit a great shot to capture the 69th Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises.

Zach Steffen (pictured above), a professional from Des Moines, was the one who answered the bell, even though it didn’t look promising before he hit the shot of the tournament, which came in a playoff.

Steffen, who posted the low score of the day with 66 (-6) just to get into a playoff with Broc Everett and J.D. Anderson, hit a towering wedge shot from the rough under one tree, over another that nearly went in the hole on #18 at Hyperion Field Club.

Steffen’s ball would settle above the hole and he would convert the birdie after Everett’s chip from just short of the green narrowly missed and Anderson’s putt slid by the hole for birdie. Steffen commented after the round it wasn’t as easy as it looked.

“I knew I needed some help going into today,” Steffen said. “If Broc shoots 63 again I would have no chance. I knew I needed to keep making birdies and go as low as possible. Especially on the back nine, I knew I needed to keep the pressure on (Everett and Anderson).

Even tough his tee shot in the playoff, at first glance didn’t look ideal, he was in a position he felt comfortable with.

“In regulation I hit three wood and was too close to the green to spin it,” Steffen said. “In the playoff I hit hybrid and hooked it a little. I got break where I was at and could get under one tree and over the next. I have practiced that shot a lot and can hit a really high 60 degree (wedge). I had a good number and ball hit the front and almost went in they said. I was hoping it wasn’t six feet above the hole because I know how fast it is, but I was fortunate enough to make it.”

Steffen’s day included seven birdies, all in a 13-hole stretch, and just a lone bogey.

“I wanted to give myself as many chances as possible today,” Steffen said. “I love these greens. It gives me a lot of confidence. I have played well here in the past.”

In the Senior Division, Joe Palmer charged back with a 68 (-4) to finish two shots clear of Robert Dickerman. Palmer come home in 33 (-3), including a pair of birdies in the last four holes.

In the Super Senior Division (new in 2018), Rob Christensen won by four strokes over Dave Sergeant. Christensen shot rounds of 74-69-74 to finish at 217 (+1).

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Everett leads, Jahn & Anderson give chase at 69th Herman Sani Tournament

A pair of Herman Sani Scholars lead the way at the 69th Herman Sani Tournament after two rounds at Hyperion Field Club.

Broc Everett (pictured above), a 2013 Sani Scholar, leads by a stroke over Charles Jahn, a 2016 Sani Scholar. Everett, now professional, fired a 63 (-9) in today’s second round after an opening round 70. Everett, the 2018 NCAA D1 Individual Champion, made nine birdies on the day and no bogeys.  Jahn also put together a ‘clean’ card on his way to 66 (-6), making six birdies and no bogeys.

J.D. Anderson, the 2017 IGA Player of the Year, didn’t let Everett or Jahn get out of his sights, as he posted a 65 (-7) of his own and sits just two back of the lead. A total of seven players are within five strokes of the lead and tomorrow’s final round should be nothing short of exciting.

In the Senior Division, Robert Dickerman still leads and will take a three shot lead over Andy Burton into tomorrow. Rob Christensen leads by two strokes over Dave Sergeant in the Super Senior Division.

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Gibb leads with 66 (-6), Dickerman leads Senior Division at Herman Sani

Judd Gibb (professional) leads the 69th Herman Sani Tournament after the opening round, following a masterful 66 (-6). Gibb’s day started with a bogey, but would quickly turnaround, thanks to a total of seven birdies on the day at Hyperion Field Club. Gibb won this event in 2004.

Two fellow pros give chase, as Zach Steffen and Tyler Christians both posted 67 (-5), as they to stay on the heels of Gibb going into tomorrow’s round. Jake Marvelli and Charles Jahn are tied at 68 (-4) for low amateur through one round.

In the Senior Division, Robert Dickerman put together a fine round of his own, 68 (-4), to lead Andy Burton by four strokes. Dave Gaer sits just five shots back, at 73 (+1). Tom Sandie, 73 (+1) leads the Super Senior Division by a stroke over Ron Christensen.

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Voke storms back to win 68th Herman Sani Tournament

You would expect a Cyclone to storm back.

New Zeland’s Nick Voke (pictured above), who just completed his eligibility at Iowa State University this spring, stormed back to win the 68th Herman Sani Tournament at Echo Valley Country Club.

Voke, who posted an impressive 66 (-5) in the final round,  shot 204 (-9) over the three-day event to win by three over former teammate Denzel Ieremia.

“I struck the ball pretty well all week,” Voke said. “I did a little bit of work before today’s round trying to get the speed of the greens.”

Voke admitted that he didn’t even play a practice round, let alone have any prior experience at EVCC.

“I walked the course before round one,” Voke said. “I had a good gameplan and was able to come away with (the win).”

Voke birdied three of the last four holes to pull away.

“I was able to make a nice putt on #17,” Voke said. “Then I made a seven-footer on #18 to finish.”

In the Senior Division Joe Palmer, who won the Senior Division in 2013, made birdie on the last hole to take home the title by a shot over Curtis Holck and Rob Dickerman.

Palmer finished at 210 (-3) for the event.

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Jennings grabs lead to himself at Herman Sani Tournament

The weather was basically perfect and it was a day for scoring at the 68th Herman Sani Tournament.

Players found favorable conditions at Echo Valley Country Club today as many birdies were to be had. First round co-leader Matthew Jennings (pictured above) followed up his opening round 66 with a 68 (-3) and sits at 134 (-8) through two days. Zach Steffen, who fired the round of the day (65), sits just one back of Jennings. Denzel Ieremia, who co-led with Jennings after yesterday’s round, posted 69 (-2) and is also at 135 total along with Steffen.

A total of 7 players are under par after two days of play in the Open Division.

In the Senior Division Joe Palmer (140) took the lead thanks to his 68 (-3) today. He leads Curtis Holck by one shot. Terry Cook and Rob Dickerman are just two shots off the lead. Dickerman shot 67 (-4) today to climb back into the chase.

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Ieremia, Jennings lead after opening day of 68th Herman Sani Tournament

Denzel Ieremia (a) and Matthew Jennings (p) lead after the opening round of the 68th Herman Sani Tournament being played at Echo Valley Country Club (pictured above). Both players fired 66 (-5) to take jump out to a share of the lead.

Playing the Ridge and Vale course rotation during the tournament this weekend, Ieremia (7) and Jennings (6) found plenty of birdies on their card. Jennings at one point strung for in a row together.

Nick Voke (a) and Mitch Tucker (p) both shot 69 (-2) and sit just three of the pace.

In the Senior Division, Curtis Holck (71) will take a one shot lead over Joe Palmer and Jay Gregory.

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