Category: IGA Match Play

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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IGA Match Play, Women’s Match Play Championship begins

The 30th IGA Match Play and 7th IGA Women’s Match Play Championships is underway at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake. With a perfect blend of great golf and natural landscapes, the 7,000-yard course meanders through scenic prairie and oak savannas, and is Audubon-certified in recognition of its sustainable practices, The Preserve should provide competitors with an exceptional golfing experience during the championship.

A new champion will be crowned in both championships as the defending champion Tripp Kinney and Emily Snelling are not in the field this week.

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Steady play key for Kinney all week, Snelling wins Women’s Match Play Championship set

The 29th IGA Match Play and 6th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship began on Monday, June 26, at The Harvester Golf Club, Rhodes. All players played an 18-hole qualifying round on Monday morning to determine seeding into match play.

On the Men’s side, Gene Elliott was medalist of the qualifying round with 66 (-6) and earned the #1 seed into match play on Tuesday morning. J.D. Anderson, playing along side Elliott on Monday, earned the #2 seed with a 67 (-5) of his own.

A total of 16 men will teed it up this morning (Wednesday) and those surviving into quarterfinal matches this afternoon are Jon Olson/Josh Black, Tripp Kinney/Sam Zoske, Charles Jahn/Jon Brown and Conner Koberg/Aaron Stevens.

Semifinals, which were played Thursday morning, saw Tripp Kinney (pictured above) come out on top against Josh Black (5&4). In the other semifinal, Conner Koberg outlasted Jon Brown (1 up). Both Kinney and Koberg, who squared off in the finals, play golf for Iowa State University. Black and Brown have long since exhausted their eligibility.

In the final match, Kinney used a quick start to race to a 3 up lead after only five holes. He made the turn 4 up and never looked back, cruising to a 6&5 victory over his good fiend and teammate.

“My goal this week to just stay steady through all my matches,” Kinney said. “I just wanted to make a ton of pars. I did a really good job sticking to my game plan. It’s a tough golf course and it got windy.”

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Snelling wins 6th IGA Women’s Match Play title

Jenny Heinz, last year’s runner-up, shot 80 (+8) to secure medalist in the qualifying portion of the women’s side and was the #1 seed into match play.

The finals of the 6th IGA Women’s Match Play featured Emily Snelling against Tenley Moretti. Snelling defeated Karli Karrigan on Wednesday morning, while Moretti dispatched defending champion Julie Buerman.

In the final match, Snelling (pictured right) outlasted Moretti (left) 3&2 in a hard-fought, back and forth match.

“I am glad I won the 15th hole (to win the match),” Snelling commented.

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