Category: Iowa Open

Virginia’s Cole closes with 63, wins 88th Iowa Open

Ryan Cole (top photo), of Glen Allen, Virginia, moved up five spots in the final round to win the 88th Iowa Open at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside. Cole carded rounds of 65, 69 and 63 and won by two shots over Matthew Meneghetti, of Schererville, Indiana. Meneghetti recorded five birdies on his back nine to put himself into contention, but Cole’s 63 was too much to overcome. 

“I just really loved being here,” Cole said. “I had a great time and played some really good golf. I finally broke through at a tournament that I have been coming to for a while. I just really enjoyed everything about this week.”

Marshalltown’s, Kade Brown, took third place after posting 16-under and firing rounds of 66, 65 and 69. There was a three-way tie for fourth place between Barrett Kelpin, Alex Schaake and the low amateur of the week, Nate McCoy (bottom photo). Kelpin, Schaake and McCoy all posted 15-under and Kelpin fired a 64 in his final round. 

McCoy, of Ankeny, was the low amateur by seven shots over Hogan Hansen, of Waverly. After carding rounds of 66, 65 and 70, McCoy earned his third win of the season. 

“I had a blast this week,” McCoy said. “I was pumped to come back and play another state open. It was a lot of fun this week.”

88th Iowa Open
1. Ryan Cole -19
2. Matthew Meneghetti -17
3. Kade Brown -16
T4. Barrett Kelpin -15
T4. Nate McCoy (a) -15
T4. Alex Schaake -15

Missouri’s Naegel wins 87th Iowa Open, Huseman low amateur

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Chris Naegel from Wildwood, MO won the 87th Iowa Open on Sunday, August 2 at Blue Top Ridge at Riverside. Naegel (pictured above) recorded rounds of 63-65-69=197, 19-under-par to win by four strokes over Tim O’Neal, of Savannah, GA. O’Neal didn’t go down without a fight – firing a final round 64 to put some heat on the leader.

Naegel, who carded a bogey (only his second of the week) on hole 14 and birdies on holes 3, 6, 9,14, and 17 in the final round to secure the win, made 21 birdies over the stretch of the three-day event and played the par 4 holes in -12.

Low amateur went to Andrew Huseman, of Ankeny, who posted rounds of 71-71-72 – 214 (-2) to outdistance Clive’s Andrew O’Brien by a stroke.

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Matthew Walker wins 2019 Iowa Open in playoff over Gavin Hall

Ottumwa native, Matthew Walker (pictured above) in his third Professional event of his career won the Iowa Open. Walker is the first Ottumwa product since Bob Moreland won the championship in 1981.

With two holes to go, Walker held a comfortable two-stroke lead against the field. Gavin Hall of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, came blazing into the clubhouse making birdie on the 17th hole and holing out from 122 yards on the par-4 18th hole to force the playoff.  Hall shot a 9-under par 63 to Walker’s 7-under par final round 65.

In the playoff, Hall hit first into a fairway bunker.  Walker put his drive down the middle of the fairway and applied pressure to Hall’s 2nd shot. Hall had an awkward stance in the bunker and could only advance the ball 100 yards. Walker threw a dart to the backside of the green. Hall pitched his third shot to 15-feet. Hall two putted from there to make a bogey 5. Walker etched his name into the history books with a two-putt par from 10-feet. Walker and Hall finished the three-day tournament 13-under-par.

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Woltman birdies last two, wins 85th Iowa Open

Dan Woltman (above) of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin won the 85th Iowa Open after carding a 6-under-par 66 in the final round. Woltman beat out amateur, Tripp Kinney by two-strokes.

“You can get a lot of birdies on this golf course,” said Woltman. “There was no wind today and the greens were soft and rolling so well. I knew someone was going to have a low round in front of me. I just tried to stay patient and continued to hit fairways and greens. Luckily it was enough to win.”

Woltman started the final round in second place, one stroke off the lead, after carding a 2-under-par 70 in round one and an 8-under-par 64 in round two. Woltman carded a bogey-free final round with six birdies, including three-in-a-row on Nos. 2-4. He also tallied back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17-18 to secure the victory.

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Mauchaza wins 84th Iowa Open

The winner of the 84th Iowa Open held at Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort was Nyasha Mauchaza (pictured above) of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Nyasha posted rounds of 65-70-67 (-14, 202 total). His winning score was one better than Nathan Yankovich’s three-day total.

Low amateur for the event was Ames’ Nick Voke of Ames, who posted a 207 total (-9), which was two better than Jeff Swegle.

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