Category: IGA Match Play

Peck picks up emotional win at 32nd IGA Match Play Championship

Conner Peck (right) , of Ankeny, had a lot on his mind during the week.

With the help of support from his family and solid ball striking most of the week, Peck came out on top at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club in Ankeny. Peck defeated fellow Ankeny resident Andrew Huseman in the final match going away, 5&4.

“In match play you’re not playing against the whole field,” Peck said. “It’s a hole-by-hole deal. If you have one bad hole, it’s not the end of the world. It was a grind, but it was a lot of fun. I hit the ball really well (all week). This week was awesome.”

But before his afternoon match against Huseman, Peck, a 2012 Herman Sani Scholar, battled Tripp Kinney, of Des Moines, in a back and forth match for the ages. Peck, who won 1 up, had nothing but great things to say about Kinney.

“Tripp is a great player,” Peck said. “That was a fun match. If you are playing well, it’s nice to play a lot of golf quickly. My putter got better as the week went on.”

Huseman, who defeated J.D. Anderson, of Johnston, in the other semifinal match on Thursday morning, 1 up, simply could not keep up with Peck’s birdie (and eagle) barrage. Peck was -7 in the 14 holes he played, including back to back eagles on the 10th and 11th holes. A final birdie on the 14th hole was good enough for the win in what has been a whirlwind month, filled with mixed emotions, for Peck.

“This past month I moved back from Dallas to be closer to my family (following the loss of my brother),” Peck said. “To feel some happiness this week and to have a lot of family here is really important.”

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Four remain at 32nd IGA Match Play Championship

Four players remain after the third day of action at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club in Ankeny.

In the George Turner Region, Ankeny local and #16 seed Connor Peck defeated #32 seed Ian Johnston 4 & 3 during the morning’s Round of 16 matches and followed it up with a victory over #8 seed Joe Palmer in 19 holes to secure his place in the semifinals. Peck will face off against #4 seed and 2017 IGA Match Play Champion Tripp Kinney, of Des Moines. Kinney bypassed #13 seed Brock Barnhart and #21 seed David Combs en route to the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket in the Steve Spray Region, #34 seed Andrew Huseman is set to face off against four-time IGA Champion and #38 seed J.D. Anderson in Thursday’s semifinals. Huseman is hot off of a victory last weekend at the Fort Dodge Amateur and overtook #50 seed Brian Verduyn and #10 seed Anthony Ruthey to claim his spot in Thursday’s semifinal match. Anderson defeated #11 seed Cale Leonard in Wednesday’s Round of 16 match, and then closed out a 1 up victory over #19 seed Ben Epperly to advance to the semifinals.

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Only 16 remain at 32nd IGA Match Play Championship

Day two of the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship saw the field cut from 64 down to 16 after morning and afternoon matches. Three-time IGA Match Play Champion, Jon Brown, who was the #64 seed into match play, stunned #1 seed and stroke play medalist Dusty Stewart in the morning, winning 6&5. Brown would fall to #32 seed Ian Johnston in the afternoon in a back and forth match. Johnston will meet Conner Peck, the #16 seed Wednesday morning.

2020 Southeast Amateur Champion, Anthony Ruthey continued his fine play, winning convincingly in the morning and afternoon. Ruthey will meet Caleb Peters in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. Peters, the #26 seed knocked off #7 seed Charlie Hoyle in the afternoon to punch his ticket in the Round of 16.

Other Round of 16 matches tomorrow morning at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club in Ankeny include Joe Palmer/Jake Patterson, Tripp Kinney/Brock Barnhart, Timothy Lin/David Combs, Andrew Huseman/Brian Verduyn, Tony Newkirk/Ben Epperly and J.D. Anderson/Cale Leonard.

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Stewart earns medalist honors at 32nd IGA Match Play Championship

Ottumwa’s Dusty Stewart set the pace during stroke play qualifying for the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship on Monday. Stewart blistered Talons of Tuscany Golf Club, in Ankeny, making six birdies on his way to a round of 67 (-5) in hot and windy conditions.

Defending champion Jon Olson, of Ankeny, posted a fine round himself – turning in a score of 68 (-4) to earn the #2 seed into match play. Truth be told, Olson would have been the #2 seed regardless as defending champion.

With the IGA’s COVID procedure of not holding a playoff and utilizing the USGA recommended tie-breaker procedure the cut into match play came at a score of 78 (+6) with two players, Bo McBee and Jon Brown, earning the final two spots. Brown won the event most recently in 2018 and three times overall.

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Olson wins 31st IGA Match Play Championship, joins Brown in elite company

Coming into the 31st IGA Match Play Championship at Tournament Club of Iowa Jon Olson (pictured right) had little expectations. After a solid qualifying round and six match victories later, Olson found himself hoisting the trophy after a 1 up victory over Tyler Smith. Olson, who also won this event in 2011, joins Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Jon Brown as the only other player to win the event more than once.

“I found something this week,” Olson said. “I had no expectations. This week was good.”

Olson, who defeated Ben Epperly (3&2) earlier on Thursday, was impressed with Smith’s game. Smith defeated upstart Dylan Ellis (6&5) in the semifinal round to reach the final match.

“Tyler is a really good player,” Olson said. “I played about as good as I could the last nine holes (in the morning match against Epperly). It’s an exclusive club with Jon Brown, so this means a lot to me.”

To say the final match was back and forth would be an understatement. In the first 12 holes only two were halved, including a total of five holes for the whole 18-hole match. Neither player stretched their lead to more than 2 up at any point.

“I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to that,” Olson admitted regarding the final match status as the round progressed. “It had to be exciting, but I didn’t pay a lot of attention. He got off to a really good start and impressed me. This is a really important win for me.”

Olson, who preaches controlling what you can control, commented that sometimes in match play certain situations can impact a players decision.

“Sometimes you want to hit first out of the fairway, sometimes you don’t,” Olson said. “I only went at #13 once this week, during the qualifying round. I never went after #14. It’s always about focusing on what you can control. I try to control my thoughts and if that’s going well I am happy. This one is for my family and I am really thankful.”

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Four remain at 31st IGA Match Play Championship

Four remain and are focused on winning two more matches to capture the 31st IGA Match Play Championship tomorrow at Tournament Club of Iowa.

In the Jim English Bracket, #56 seed Dylan Ellis continues to take on all comers, defeating Logan Schweinefus (1 up) and stroke play medalist/#1 seed Tommy Doyle (7&6) to earn his spot into the semifinals. Ellis will meet Tyler Smith, who defeated Kolby Chup (4&3) and Luke Miller (19 holes).

In the Jack Webb Bracket, #7 seed Ben Epperly will face #3 seed Jon Olson on Thursday morning. Epperly defeated J.D. Anderson (1 up) and Willis Gaer (5&4), while Olson dispatched Jesper Holke-Farnam (2 up) and Jake Patterson (4&2) to reach the semifinals. Olson will be looking to add his name to the IGA Match Play Trophy for the second time, winning this event in 2011 over Jon Brown.

“I played well this afternoon,” Olson commented. “I kind of found something.”

Semifinal matches will be played Thursday morning followed by the final match in the afternoon.

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Moving day the IGA Match Play, IGA Women’s Match Play Championship

Four remain at 8th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship
It was moving day at the 8th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship at Tournament Club of Iowa. Joy Chou (Ames), Karli Kerrigan (Ankeny), Leanne Smith (Indianola) and Paige Seiser (Waukee) are all moving on to the semifinals tomorrow morning.

Chou, who earned medalist honors from stroke play qualifying, was a 4&3 winner over Joran Amelon, of Iowa City. Kerrigan dispatched Des Moines’ Anne Gradoville. Smith knocked off #2 seed Amelia Mehmet-Grohn 5&3 and Seiser won 2 up over Emily Snelling, of Clear Lake.

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Sweet 16 at the 31st IGA Match Play Championship
The field is down to 16 players in the 31st IGA Match Play Championship at Tournament Club of Iowa after a marathon day of play. The Round of 64 and 32 were played on Tuesday under sunny skies for a majority of the day.

#1 seed, following his medalist effort yesterday, Tommy Doyle beat Jason Allen in the opening round 2 up and then defeated Caleb Peters in 19 holes to earn a spot into the Round of 16. Doyle will face Ezra Meyer tomorrow morning. Defending champion Jon Brown, who was the automatic #2 seed, also moved on to Tuesday. Brown defeated Corey Matthew (7&6) and Dusty Stewart (4&3). Brown will face Willis Gaer, of Des Moines, in the next round.

Battle for the top bunk – Kolby Chup defeated college roommate Noah Hartman in the Round of 32 by the margin of 1 up. Chup and Hartman attend Des Moines Area Community College and play golf for DMACC.

“I started off pretty hot,” Chup said. “I birdied three of the first four holes and got up quick. He battled back, so luckily I was able to hit it to a couple feet on #18 and made the putt.”

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Brackets set at 31st IGA Match Play, 8th IGA Women’s IGA Match Play Championship

Seven players post 72 (+1), Brown earns automatic #2 seed
Players found Tournament Club Iowa as a firm test during stroke play qualifying of the 31st IGA Match Play Championship. In a day that saw no one break par, a total of seven players tied for medalist with 72 (+1). Ames’ Tommy Doyle earned the #1 seed via the tiebreaker. Defending champion Jon Brown automatically earned the #2 seed into match play.

Round of 64 matches will begin on Tuesday morning followed by Round of 32 in the afternoon, with the field being cut to 16 players by the end of the day.

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Chou fires 70 (-1), earns #1 seed into match play
Iowa State University’s Joy Chou earned medalist during stroke play qualifying of the 8th IGA Women’s Match Play. Chou round of 70 (1) included a steady dose of pars (13) . Chou teammate Amelia Mehmet-Grohn posted a 76 (+5) of her own to earn the #2 seed into match play.

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Brown wins record third IGA Match Play title

Jon Brown (right) added another IGA Match Play title to his list of accomplishments. Truth be told, no one has ever won two of them and Brown has put his name on the match play trophy a total of three times.

Brown, the #10 seed following a qualifying round of 71 (-1), knocked off John Mey (5&4) and Cody Holck (3&2) in his first two matches of the week. Brown then went toe to toe with Gene Elliott, where he finally coming out on top after 19 holes.

As if 19 holes weren’t enough in the Round of 16, Brown defeated #2 seed Dennis Bull in 20 holes. Brown fought cramps during the round throughout his body, including his hands during the quarterfinal match against Bull.

“To be beat Gene and Denny (on Friday) that was so special,” Brown said. “It was such a boost of confidence. I did find a little something in my game these last couple weeks. I didn’t play any tournaments, I was just hitting balls. I was working hard on my game and something started to feel good.”

Brown would then meet Matthew Walker, who had only one of his matches reach the 14th hole during his own run to the semifinals. Brown would defeat Walker 4&3, thanks in part to a bushel basket of birdies. A lengthly birdie on the 15th hole would ultimately end the match and leave Walker scratching his head in defeat.

“I came in with some confidence,” Brown said. “But you never know what match play. It’s all about putting and my putting has been all over the place the last couple years. I putted well against Matthew in the morning (on Saturday).

In a back and forth final match, which looked to be anyone’s to win throughout the whole round, Brown would get past Frank Lindwall 1 up. Brown’s up and down for birdie on the Par 5 18th hole proved to be the difference. Lindwall, who defeated J.D. Anderson (5&4) in his semifinal match, gave Brown all he could handle in the finals.

“My speed (on the greens) was good and I was seeing the line today,” Brown said. “Conditions changed this afternoon (against Frank), I just wasn’t quite as on, but I was able to still be pretty good. Frank and I had a great match. I missed a short putt on #16 and wondered if I would get a chance like that again. Things just worked out in my favor.”

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