Category: Iowa Cup Matches

Rain washes out singles matches, Iowa Section PGA retains cup

Due to heavy rain Friday morning’s Singles Matches of the Iowa Cup were canceled. With the score knotted at 10-10 after yesterday’s Four-Ball and Foursome play, as winners of last year’s event the Iowa PGA Section retains the Iowa Cup. This is the fourth year in a row the ‘Pros’ have won the Iowa Cup.

Click here for full results from play at Crow Valley Golf Club

52nd Iowa Cup Matches tied going into singles

After morning Four-Ball and afternoon Foursome play the 52nd Iowa Cup Matches, between the Iowa Golf Association and Iowa Section PGA, are deadlocked at 10 points a piece.

A trio of players for the IGA side were part of two winning points, including Jay Thornbrugh, Ben Epperly and Dusty Drenth. Brian Johnson, Chris Black, Jeff Schmid and James Henry were all part of wins in both the morning and afternoon for the Iowa Section PGA.

Singles matches will be contested in the morning at Davenport’s Crow Valley Golf Club with pairings being posted online soon.

Click here for a full recap of today’s action.

Crow Valley Golf Club to host 52nd Iowa Cup Matches, Lonnie Nielsen honored

The year was 1968 and the Iowa Cup was born that fall. In what was then a stroke play event, both the Iowa Section PGA and Iowa Golf Association met at newly-minted Des Moines Golf & Country Club. The amateurs would capture the cup that year – by the margin of one stroke.

Fast forward to 2019 – the Iowa Cup continues for the 52nd time and is now a match play, Ryder Cup style event. It will be contested this fall at Davenport’s Crow Valley Golf Club (pictured above) on Sept. 26-27. The Iowa Golf Association and Iowa PGA Section, winners of the last three matches, named honorary captains for their teams – Bill Eby (IGA) and Mark Lemon (Iowa PGA), who both have served their respective associations in many ways. Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Member Lonnie Nielsen (Class of 2010), a tremendous amateur and professional golfer originally from Belle Plaine, will serve as an overall honoree of the matches.

Eby is the current Vice President of the IGA and has worked as a volunteer course rater for nearly a decade. He currently chairs the IGA’s Handicap Committee and was awarded the Sean Flanders IGA Volunteer of the Year award in 2014.

Lemon has been a member of the PGA for over 36 years. He was the longtime PGA professional and owner of Airport National Golf Course in Cedar Rapids and is a veteran Iowa Cup Matches participant. Mark has served on various Iowa PGA committees throughout the years. He has also served on the IGA’s Herman Sani Scholarship selection committee for numerous years.

“Many of us IPGA Pros developed our tournament skills and passion for golf while playing in the fun and competitive IGA events as amateurs before turning pro,” Lemon said. “Both organizations promote and grow golf through many ‘golf related programs & tournaments’.

Nielsen grew up playing on sand greens and went on to attend the University of Iowa. He won several amateur events in Iowa, including the 1975 Iowa Amateur, and was named Iowa Player of the Year that year. He turned pro in 1976 and competed for a brief time on the PGA Tour highlighted by two top ten finishes before pursuing a career as a club pro. Nielsen was a dominant player in the Western New York Section PGA winning its Section Championship nine times and the Match Play Championship 10 times from 1984 through 2002

Nielsen played the PGA Champions Tour full time beginning in 2006 winning two titles and has amassed almost $5 million in winnings. Nielsen’s best year was 2008 when he finished 11th on the money list with over $1.2 million in cash.

Nielsen will be unable to attend the matches this year was quite thrilled when hearing of the honor.

“Fifty-two years of the Iowa Cup Matches – wow,” Nielsen said. “That says something right there. I am very humbled to be chosen as the overall honoree of the 2019 Matches.”

Nielsen commented that Iowa will always be special to him.

“Even though we left Iowa in 1984, Iowa has never left my heart,” Nielsen said. “When people ask me where I’m from, I still proudly say Iowa! Sometimes I think of playing on sand greens at the Belle Plaine Country Club – never dreaming I would win twice on the Champions Tour. I want to wish both teams good luck. The Iowa Cup Matches represent the best of what golf is about.”

Eby, who will lead the charge for the IGA and is from Davenport, said he is looking forward to welcoming players and staff from both sides to his side of the state.

“I feel fortunate to represent the IGA in this event as Captain,” Eby said. “I am excited to welcome the IPGA And IGA representatives to Eastern Iowa. We appreciate everyone making the trip and I look forward to visiting the players and staff from both sides.”

The Iowa Cup Matches’ schedule will be as follows:
-Thursday (Sept 26) morning – Four-Ball Matches
-Thursday afternoon – Foursome Matches
-Thursday evening – Player’s dinner
-Friday (Sept 27) – Singles matches
-The Cup will be presented to the winning team following play on Friday

IGA Team
Aaron OBrien
Andrew Huseman
Ben Epperly
Dusty Drenth
Dusty Stewart
Ethan Mechling
J.D. Anderson
Jay Thornbrugh
Jon Brown
Jon Olson
Jordan Even
Nate McCoy
Matthew Weeks
Sam Zoske
Scot Cook
Sterling McIlravey
Bret Taylor (Senior)
Joe Bates (Senior
Ron Peterson (Senior)
Terry Cook (Senior)

Aaron Krueger
Ben Montgomery
Brian Johnson
Brian Lorenz
Chad Callan
Chad Proehl
Chris Black
Darin Fisher
Davis Sutton
Jay Giannetto
John Panek
Judd Gibb
Matt Erger
Michael Scott
Ryan McClintock
Tracy Vest
Bryan Luedtke (Senior)
Jeff Schmid (Senior)
Jeff Smith (Senior)
Jim Henry (Senior)

Follow the 2019 Iowa Cup Matches online here:

Iowa PGA Section wins 2018 Iowa Cup

Honorary Iowa Cup Captain Bob Moreland (Iowa PGA)
and Jim Becker (Iowa Golf Association) pose with the Iowa Cup.

Team IGA gave it a good effort, but ultimately could not gain any ground over the Iowa Section PGA during the second and final day of the 2018 Iowa Cup. The IPGA won the Iowa Cup by a margin of 24-16, including a 10.5 – 9.5 advantage in single matches this morning.

Winning matches for the IGA this morning included Wes Butenbach, Gene Elliott, Justin Pansegrau, Tom Norton David Combs, Ron Peterson, Trent Lindenman, Joe Bates and Logan Schweinefus. Rob Christensen won a half point for the IGA, as he halved his match.

Elliott was on the winning side of all three of his matches, while Dusty Drenth also went undefeated, winning the two matches (Four-Ball and Foursome) he participated in.

Click here for full results from the 2018 Iowa Cup

IPGA leads Iowa Cup 13.5-6.5

Day one of the 2018 Iowa Cup belonged to the Iowa Section PGA, as they opened up a 13.5 – 6.5 lead after the morning and afternoon sessions at Burlington’s Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

In the morning Four-Ball matches the side of Gene Elliott/Ron Peterson and Dusty Drenth/Jeff Collett were victorious. The side of Ethan Mechling/Trent Lindenman and Joe Bates/Terry Cook halved their matches.

During afternoon Foursome (alternate shot) matches, Team IGA was able to collect wins from the side of Gene Elliott/Scott Briggs and Dusty Drenth/Logan Schweinefus. Team IGA also earned half points from Brian Allison/Tom Norton, Bret Taylor/Trent Lindenman and Jeff Collett/Justin Pansegrau, who halved their match.

Single matches will begin this morning.

Click here for complete results

Above – Honorary Captain for the IGA Jim Becker talks to the team during the
opening day of the Iowa Cup at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington.

Spirit Hollow to Host 2018 Iowa Cup Matches

Amateurs Look to Defeat PGA Professionals in Ryder Cup-style Event

Spirit Hollow, recently selected as the #1 Course You Can Play in Iowa by GolfWeek magazine, will play host to the 2018 Iowa Cup Matches. This tournament features the Top 20 available Iowa Section PGA Professionals against the Top 20 available Iowa Golf Association amateurs.

The tournament, to be played May 2-3, 2018, features Ryder Cup-style events, beginning with Four Ball matches on Wednesday morning. After lunch, players will again hit the links to play Foursome matches featuring alternate shot play. On Thursday morning, the competitors will tee it up for Singles matches to determine who claims the 2018 trophy.

“Last year’s contest ended with the PGA Professionals claiming the trophy, but this year, I’m pulling for the amateurs,” commented Spirit Hollow General Manager Jim Wyffels. “But no matter who wins, I know they will all enjoy our playing conditions, as the course is in the best shape it has ever been.”

“Having worked at Spirit Hollow before becoming the Executive Director of the Iowa Section PGA, I could not be more pleased that we will be playing there,” commented Greg “Mase” Mason. “Their ranking as the #1 course in Iowa is well-deserved.”

The morning matches on Wednesday commence at 9 a.m., with afternoon matches beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Thursday, the singles matches tee times are from 8-9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend and watch the PGA Pros vs the Iowa Golf Amateurs.

Team IGA
Dusty Drenth
Trent Lindenman
Scot Cook
Ethan Mechling
Gene Elliott
Scott Hart
Brian Allison
Wes Buntenbach
Jeff Collett
Logan Schweinefus
Ron Peterson
John Siela
Bret Taylor
Rob Christensen
Terry Cook
Joe Bates
Tom Norton
Justin Pansegrau
David Combs
Scott Briggs

Brian Lorenz
Chad Proehl
Sean McCarty
Darin Fisher
Judd Gibb
Chris Black
Tracy Vest
Ryan McClintock
Matt Erger
Jay Giannetto
Jeff Schmid
Clark Smith
Chad Callan
Aaron Krueger
John Bermel
Steve Hutton
Jeff Smith
Monte Meyer
Ben Montgomery
Justin Smool


IPGA wins 50th Iowa Cup Matches

The Iowa PGA Section retained the Iowa Cup, played at Ankeny’s Otter Creek Golf Course, 20-10 over the team of amateurs from the Iowa Golf Association. This year marked the 50th playing between the two sides.

During the morning Four-Ball matches, Team IGA collected wins and a full point from Garret Jensen/Ty Stewart and from Ron Peterson/Tom Schill. Three other teams were able to halve their match and gain additional .5 points for the amateur side. Heading into the afternoon singles matches the IPGA led 6.5 – 3.5.

As Team IGA looked to make a comeback, afternoon singles matches went the way of the IPGA, winning a total of 13.5 points out of 20. Winning afternoon matches for Team IGA were J.D. Anderson, Jon Brown, Ty Stewart, Garret Jensen and Scott Hart. Three others were able to halve their singles match.

Play was cancelled for Friday due to cold and rainy forecasts for Friday morning. Four-Ball and singles matches were contested on Thursday.

A special thanks to Otter Creek Golf course for hosting the event.

Click here for scoring results from the matches.

PGA Pros win 49th Iowa Cup Matches

RIVERSIDE, IA – With the help of a 12-8 advantage in Singles Matches, the Iowa PGA Section pulled away and won the Iowa Cup, 17.5-12.5, over Team IGA.

Winning points in the singles matches for the IGA were Justin Pansegrau, Bill Manske, Scot Cook, J.D. Anderson, Josh Black, Nate Dunn and Terry Cook. Joe Palmer and Mike Eckerman each earned a 1/2 point for the team with a halve in their match.

The Honorary Captians for the matches were Mike Hall of St. Andrews Golf Club in Cedar Rapids for the Iowa Section PGA and John Peters of Muscatine for the IGA. Peters has been one of the best senior amateur players in Iowa for more than two decades. He was the 2004 IGA Senior Player of the Year and won the regular IGA Match Play at age 57 at Spirit Hollow in 2005. Both he and Hall have participated in many Iowa Cup Matches over the years.

Unfortunately, due to the poor conditions on Thursday afternoon, the tournament committee determined to cancel the afternoon Foursomes matches (alternate shot). The morning Four-Ball matches were the only ones played on day one.

Click on the Results/Pairing buttons to view all of the scoring.

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