Category: IGA Four-Ball

Bull/Drenth win 23rd IGA Four-Ball, Cook/Palmer repeat in Senior Division

Dusty Drenth and Dennis Bull (-15) put together two fine days of golf. After opening the 23rd IGA Four-Ball at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames with a 64 (-8), posted 65 (-7) to outdistance the side of Matthew Walker/Aaron O’Brien by two strokes. Bull/Drenth (pictured above) made a total of birdies over two rounds.

The side of Bill Matzdorf/Jason Thornbrugh turned in tournament low round in Saturday’s final round, firing 62 (-10) to finish at -12, three strokes off the lead.

“It was a good team effort,” Bull said. “We have ourselves a lot of chances. Dusty really takes advantages of the par fives. The putt (25’) Dusty made today on #9 to save par kept us going. We were going to make birdies, but we were able to stay away from bogeys.”

Drenth praised the play of his partner as well.

“Denny just keeps it in play,” Drenth said. “He rips it down the middle and is a really good iron player on par threes. He freed me up to be aggressive. I hit more drivers than I normally would. We both made some putts we needed to.”

The win marked the first IGA victory for Bull after many near misses.

“It feels good,” Bull said. “I have had several runner-ups, but it’s nice to bring home the trophy. I had a good partner. I think we partner up again next year.”

In the Senior Division, Joe Palmer and Terry Cook (pictured right) repeated as champions thanks to 17 birdies between the two of them (twice they both made birdie on the same hole). Palmer/Cook, who posted 64 (-8) in the opening round, followed that up with a 65 (-7) in the final round. The side of Ron Peterson/Jay Gregory also played well, finishing at -13 for the tournament, two strokes back of the lead.

“We really just tried to stay patient,” Cook said. “We kept the ball in front of us and never made bogey (in two rounds).”

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Elliott, McCoy win 22nd IGA Four-Ball; Palmer, Cook fire 60 to win Senior Division

For the third year in a row and fourth overall Gene Elliott and Mike McCoy were victorious at the IGA Four-Ball Championship. This year, the duo used a second round 63 (-9) to storm back from two strokes back entering the final round. Their 128 total (-16) was two ahead of the team of George Qian/Jack Kennedy.

Council Bluffs’ Bent Tree Golf Club, which hosted this year’s IGA Four-Ball, Has been special place for McCoy.

“I won the State Amateur here (in 2010,” McCoy said. It’s a great course. It has a lot of links feels to it, which is fun.”

McCoy commented he got off to a good start in the final round, but gave credit to his partner, Elliott.

“Gene was terrific today,” McCoy said. “He made a beautiful birdie on our last hole, which we felt we needed.”

Elliott, who was literally just coming off his win at the Trans-Miss Senior Championship in California, flew into Omaha the morning of the first round.

“He was tired (yesterday) from traveling across the country,” McCoy said. “He was hitting golf shots (in the final round) like Hale Irwin out there. Just like on the PGA Tour, the don’t hit them any better than he did.

Elliott said he wouldn’t of made the trip for anyone else besides his partner, McCoy.

“This is the only guy in the world I would fly halfway across the country to play in a golf tournament with,” Elliott said.

Staying aggressive and keeping the pedal down in the second round was the key McCoy commented.

“We were bold today, we were trying to get in the left lane and honk the horn. We wanted to go right by people. That’s what we were trying to do.”

When asked if they would ‘give it a go’ again next year, their answer was simple.

“Absolutely,” McCoy said.

In the Senior Division, the team of Joe Palmer/Terry Cook made a comeback of their own. Posting a score of 60 (-12) and 127 overall (-17), the pair stormed back after being six strokes of the pace entering the final round.

“I owe a lot of credit to Terry,” Palmer said. “The turning point was when we made eagle on #12 and they made bogey. We went from two down to one up and we put the pedal down. We birdied three of the next four and never let (opening round leaders Curtin Holck/Bill Watson) them up.”

Holck and Watson, who led after an opening round 61 (-11) would finish second, two strokes back at 129 (-15).

Cook admitted he was just trying to do everything to keep the pressure off of Palmer, who was riding a hot putter during the final round.

“I was just trying to hit fairways and greens,” Cook said. “That loosened him (Palmer) up and he kept making putts. All I as trying to do was making sure he got the right read of the green, because he was putting it so well. It was fun to watch.”

Palmer said he never felt pressure to make putts as Cook was continuing to make pars.

“That’s the kind of partner you want in these if you want to go low,” Palmer said. “I helped myself out (in the Senior Player of the Year points race) and kept my partner in the game.”

Palmer said he thinks the team will stay in tact for next year too.

“I think we’ll be partners again,” Palmer said.

Allison, Dye open with 63, lead 22nd IGA Four-Ball

Norwalk’s Brian Allison and Des Moines’ Jordan Dye put on a show coming in at Bent Tree Golf Club during the opening round of the 22nd IGA Four-Ball Championship.

In fact, their whole day was something to watch. The duo from Central Iowa, who played early on Friday, penciled in a total of nine birdies, including four straight (all by by Dye) to finish off the day with 63 (-9).

Allison and Dye will see several teams in their rearview mirror lurking close behind. The teams of Aaron O’Brien/Matthew Walker, Scot Cook/Scott Hart, Dusty Stewart/Jeff Collett, George Qian/Jack Kennedy and three-time champions Gene Elliott/Mike McCoy all sit two strokes back with 65 (-7).

In the Senior Division the team of Curtis Holck/Bill Watson blistered the course for a ten under-par 61. Their round included nine birdies and an eagle. Chasing in second place is the team of Joe Palmer/Terry Cook and Bob Brummel/Todd Sapp who shot 67 (-5).

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