Category: IGA Senior Match Play

Eaton, Kerrigan share medalist honors at 9th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship

Mason City’s Sydney Eaton and Ankeny’s Karli Kerrigan, who both shot 77 (+5), shared medalist honors of the stroke play qualifying round of the 9th IGA Women’s Match Play Championship being contested at Talons of Tuscany Golf Club in Ankeny.

Eaton earned the #1 seed into match play by way of the USGA recommended tie-breaker procedure. Kerrigan will be the #3 seed, as defending champion Leanne Smith, of Indianola, will be the #2 seed.

Eaton, the 2018 IGA Match Play Champion, made a pair of birdies during her round on Monday, while Kerrigan made three. Round of 32 matches will be held Tuesday morning, as Seeds #1-#7 will receive opening round byes and Seeds #8-#32 will face off.

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Palmer wins fourth Senior Match Play, Gorbell captures Super Senior crown

Richard Gorbell (left) and Joe Palmer took home the big honors at the Senior Match Play at Veenker on Saturday

MAY 30, 2020 – Joe Palmer, of West Des Moines, won his fourth IGA Senior Match Play Championship on Saturday afternoon after a 3 & 2 defeat of Tom Schill, of Gowrie, in the final match at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. Palmer joins Gene Elliott as the only four-time champions of the event.

Richard Gorbell, of Cedar Falls, won his first IGA Super-Senior championship when he defeated defending champion Steve Kahler, of Marion, in 19 holes.  Gorbell did it with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Palmer and Schill’s championship match got off to a fast start – fast as in time and not necessarily quality of golf. The two played the first 8 holes in 60 minutes before being slowed by some public groups of golfers on 9. Palmer had managed to secure a 1 up lead thru those fast first eight holes. 

“We were going too fast and I think our golf kind of suffered”, said Schill. 

When forced to take a bit of extra time is when Palmer took control. He won that 9th hole to go 2 up, then won 10 and 11 as well. His tee shot on the tough uphill par-3 11th was a thing of beauty. Palmer landed it just past the hole and it ran out to the back of edge of the green. That’s where the natural slope of the green took over and the ball slowly trickled back toward the hole, settling about 4 feet away for a birdie. 

Schill tried to swing the momentum with wins at 12 and 14, but another beautiful iron shot on the par-3 13th by Palmer threw a speed bump in the middle of Schill’s comeback plan. The back and forth across holes 11 thru 14 left Palmer at 3 up heading to the 15th tee. 

The two would tie the 15th after a nifty up and down from Palmer, then tie the 16th, giving Palmer his fourth crown. 

In the Super-Senior championship match defending champion Kahler nearly pulled off the repeat but Gorbell was just a bit too much down the stretch. 

Kahler held a 1 up lead thru 14 holes but Gorbell would birdie the difficult 15th and 16th holes to take a 1 up lead heading into 17. After a tie there the two went to the last where a subpar pitch shot from Gorbell led to Kahler’s par being enough to send it to extra holes. 

The two went to the back 9 for extra holes and it seemed as though Kahler would have the advantage after the tee shots because Gorbell’s ball settled in the right trees.  But a terrific recovery shot left Gorbell with about 50 yards into the hole which he would say later “was basically the same shot I just messed up on 18”. 

He didn’t mess it up this time. He flew his sand wedge to about 10 feet short of the hole, leaving a terrific look at birdie. After Kahler failed on his birdie chip Gorbell stepped up and drained it for the win.

In the President’s Bracket Brian Persson, of Elk Run Heights, defeated Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Mike McCoy, of Norwalk, 1 up.  Other flight winners included Tim Greteman, of West Des Moines, (First Flight), Greg Kramer, of Urbandale, (Second Flight) and Richard Jones, of Fort Dodge (Third Flight).

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IGA postpones events until May 28th

IGA postpones Mid-Amateur, Women’s Mid-Am series, Four-Ball events

The Classic also postponed

APRIL 15, 2020 – The IGA Executive Committee, upon recommendations from the Rules & Competitions Committee, recently determined to postpone the first three IGA events on the calendar – the Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship, the first Women’s Mid-Amateur Series, and the IGA Four-Ball Championship.  In addition, officials at Elmwood CC have determined to postpone The Classic, the first sanctioned point event of the year.

The IGA Senior Match Play, scheduled for May 28th thru 30th, was discussed but it was determined not to postpone this event at this time.  The committee will meet again on or around May 1st to determine if that event should be postponed.  This essentially means that IGA events have been postponed until May 28th.

The new dates for the postponed events are as follows:

  • Women’s Mid-Amateur Series event #1 (Irv Warren GC, Waterloo) – Sat, June 6th
  • IGA Four-Ball (Whispering Creek GC, Sioux City) – Wed, Thurs, Aug 19-20
  • Iowa Mid-Amateur (Sunnyside CC, Waterloo) – Thurs, Fri, Sept 3-4
  • The Classic (Elmwood CC, Marshalltown) – Sat, Sun, Sept 19-20

We are grateful for these host clubs and courses and their willingness to work with us to establish new dates for these championships.  They are tremendous supporters of our events and they have been wonderful to work with during these unusual times.

Anyone who has already entered any of these events and has determined that the new dates would not work for them will be issued a full refund.  Please email Nate McCoy at [email protected]  If you can still play or are not sure yet if you can still play on the new dates, we ask that you remain in the field until you determine for certain that you cannot play, at which point a full refund will be issued.

For those that have not yet entered, entries are open for all of these events.  We encourage you to get signed up to play at (click here to do so).

Finally, we hope that all of you and your families are doing well and staying healthy.  We very much look forward to seeing everyone on the golf course this summer.

Elliott takes home fourth IGA Senior Match Play title, Kahler wins Super Senior Division

Gene Elliott (above), Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member of West Des Moines, captured his fourth IGA Senior Match Play crown on Saturday. He defeated Terry Cook of West Des Moines 3 & 2 in the championship match.

Elliott took command early in the final match by winning holes 2 thru 5 and then hole 7 to 5 up. After Cook won the 8th hole, Elliott won the 10th to go back to 5 up, which was plenty to withstand the run Cook made near the end by winning two out of three holes (12 & 14). Ties at 15 and 16 secured the championship for Elliott.

Elliott advanced to the finals by defeated #1 seed Tony Newkirk of Pleasant Hill in the semifinals. Elliott came out on top by a margin of 5 & 4. Cook defeated Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Jon Brown of Adel in his semifinal match. A birdie on the first extra hole propelled him into the championship match.

Steve Kahler (left) of Marion is the Super Senior bracket champion. Kahler outsted Mark Hogenson of Cedar Rapids in the championship match 2 & 1.

Kahler took control early winning the first two holes. He would make the turn 3 up in the match and would remain 3 up thru 12. Hogenson then made his move, winning 14 and 15 to get within a hole. Kahler slowed the momentum by halving the 16th hole, then won the 17th to take the match.

Matt Weresh (bottom right) of Clive earned the President’s Bracket title by defeating Brian Persson of Elk Run Heights by a 4 & 3 margin. Marty Goetz of Marion defeated Doug Bryant 6 & 5 to win the Vice President’s bracket.

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Elliott goes back to back at IGA Senior Match Play

Gene Elliott never played the 15th hole at Fort Dodge Country Club during this year’s IGA Senior Match Play.

“That was the key for me,” Elliott said jokingly.

In the final match, against Tom Norton, Elliott found himself in unfamiliar territory, 2 down through four holes. Elliott would win the fifth hole with a par and then would rattle off four straight birdies on #7-10 to take a commanding 3 up lead. Elliott would add two more birdies, six total in an eight-hole stretch, to close out Norton 5&4.

The win marks the second year in a row that Elliott has won this event and his third IGA Senior Match Play title overall.

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Elliott, Norton advance to IGA Senior Match Play Final; Evans wins President’s Bracket

Gene Elliott raced out to an early lead and never let up against Fort Dodge CC member Dave Sergeant, winning his match 6&5. Elliott will now face Tom Norton, who defeated Jay Slings in 19 holes, in the IGA Senior Match Play Championship Match.

In the President’s Bracket Final, Edwin Evans defeated John Brooke 4&2. Evans mentioned that he was able to get off to a nice start and not make too many mistakes as the morning went along at Fort Dodge Country Club.

“I got up early in the match and just tried to hit fairways and greens,” Evans said. “I was just trying to not hit it in the rough.”

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Down to four at IGA Senior Match Play

Great weather and golf shots have been seen across all of Fort Dodge Country Club for this year’s IGA Senior Match Play Championship.

Entering today’s action, Ankeny’s Jay Slings will square off against Muscatine’s Tom Norton is one semifinal match, while West Des Moines’ Gene Elliott faces Fort Dodge resident and FDCC member Dave Sergeant in the other semifinal. Sergeant has won the Senior Match Play title a total of four times. Elliott has collected two.

In the President’s Bracket John Brooke and Edwin Evans will play this morning in the championship match of that bracket. Brooke advance with a 5&4 victory over Randy Studer on Friday afternoon and Evans had to go one extra hole to defeat Randy McCaulley.

The finals of the Championship Bracket will be played this afternoon.

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Click here to read an article from the Fort Dodge Messenger on the event.

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