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Voke storms back to win 68th Herman Sani Tournament

You would expect a Cyclone to storm back.

New Zeland’s Nick Voke (pictured above), who just completed his eligibility at Iowa State University this spring, stormed back to win the 68th Herman Sani Tournament at Echo Valley Country Club.

Voke, who posted an impressive 66 (-5) in the final round,  shot 204 (-9) over the three-day event to win by three over former teammate Denzel Ieremia.

“I struck the ball pretty well all week,” Voke said. “I did a little bit of work before today’s round trying to get the speed of the greens.”

Voke admitted that he didn’t even play a practice round, let alone have any prior experience at EVCC.

“I walked the course before round one,” Voke said. “I had a good gameplan and was able to come away with (the win).”

Voke birdied three of the last four holes to pull away.

“I was able to make a nice putt on #17,” Voke said. “Then I made a seven-footer on #18 to finish.”

In the Senior Division Joe Palmer, who won the Senior Division in 2013, made birdie on the last hole to take home the title by a shot over Curtis Holck and Rob Dickerman.

Palmer finished at 210 (-3) for the event.

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Jennings grabs lead to himself at Herman Sani Tournament

The weather was basically perfect and it was a day for scoring at the 68th Herman Sani Tournament.

Players found favorable conditions at Echo Valley Country Club today as many birdies were to be had. First round co-leader Matthew Jennings (pictured above) followed up his opening round 66 with a 68 (-3) and sits at 134 (-8) through two days. Zach Steffen, who fired the round of the day (65), sits just one back of Jennings. Denzel Ieremia, who co-led with Jennings after yesterday’s round, posted 69 (-2) and is also at 135 total along with Steffen.

A total of 7 players are under par after two days of play in the Open Division.

In the Senior Division Joe Palmer (140) took the lead thanks to his 68 (-3) today. He leads Curtis Holck by one shot. Terry Cook and Rob Dickerman are just two shots off the lead. Dickerman shot 67 (-4) today to climb back into the chase.

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Ieremia, Jennings lead after opening day of 68th Herman Sani Tournament

Denzel Ieremia (a) and Matthew Jennings (p) lead after the opening round of the 68th Herman Sani Tournament being played at Echo Valley Country Club (pictured above). Both players fired 66 (-5) to take jump out to a share of the lead.

Playing the Ridge and Vale course rotation during the tournament this weekend, Ieremia (7) and Jennings (6) found plenty of birdies on their card. Jennings at one point strung for in a row together.

Nick Voke (a) and Mitch Tucker (p) both shot 69 (-2) and sit just three of the pace.

In the Senior Division, Curtis Holck (71) will take a one shot lead over Joe Palmer and Jay Gregory.

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Hunters Ridge Golf Course wins 56th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship

The team from Hunters Ridge Golf Course (pictured above) captured the 56th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship at Marshalltown’s Elmwood Country Club with a score of 239 (+26). Led by Julie Buerman, who was the individual gross score winner with 71 (E), HRGC outdistanced Briarwood Golf Club by 9 shots. HRGC’s team consisted of Katie Wenthe, Mollie Lorenz, Carol Klocke and Buerman.

In the Net Division, Des Moines Golf and Country Club (above) edged out HRGC by a single shot, 217-218. DMGCC was led by overall Individual Net Division winner Kelly Dettbarn, who posted a net 65 (-6). DMGCC’s team included Barb Burley, Amy Fox, Leighann LaRocca and Dettbarn.

The format of the event similar to a college or high school event, in which an IGA Member Club submits a team of four women to play. There was both a gross and net competition, with the best 3 of 4 18-hole gross or net scores counting for the team score, respectively. Overall a total of 16 IGA Club Member teams participated in the event.

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Gross – Individual Champion -Julie Buerman (71)

Net – Individual Net Division winner Kelly Dettbarn (65)

Billmeyer takes medal at U.S. Senior Am qualifying

Sam Billmeyer (pictured at left above, with USGA Senior Amateur Committee member John Webb), of Ankeny, shot a 2-under 70 on Monday at the Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny to earn the lone qualifying spot into the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.  Billmeyer moves on to play the national event August 26-31 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Billmeyer, who played in the first group out, didn’t get off to a great start, but closed with a flourish.  After a birdie at 3, he made bogey at 5, 6 & 9 to turn at 2-over par 38.  But then he tore up the back nine, firing a 4-under 32 with birdies at 10, 12, 14 and 16 against no bogeys.  That run was good enough for a one shot win over Joe Palmer of West Des Moines.

Palmer is the 1st alternate while Tom Norton, of Muscatine, is the 2nd alternate.  Norton shot even-par 72.

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IGA Women’s Club Team set to go at Elmwood CC

The 56th IGA Women’s Club Team Championship takes place Monday, August 7th at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown.  The format is similar to a college or high school event, in which an IGA Member Club submits a team of four women to play.  There is both a gross and net competition, with the best 3 of 4 18-hole gross or net scores counting for the team score, respectively.

Play gets underway with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.  Echo Valley CC is the defending gross champion while Wakonda Club won the net competition last year.

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Snyder captures 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur title

Gilbert’s Britta Snyder (pictured above) left little doubt early on in the final round of the 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur who would be hoisting the trophy at the end of the day. Her lead extended to 10 strokes after the first hole today at Hyperion Field Club and she never looked back.

“It was nice to make a putt (for par) on one and get some momentum going,” Snyder said. “I didn’t want to start with a bogey.”

Snyder, 15, who posted 73 (+1) to finish the championship at even par, became the youngest winner of the Iowa Women’s Amateur since Edith Estabrooks who won the tournament as a 14 and 15 year-old in the 1930s.

“I think sticking to my game plan worked,” Snyder said. “I didn’t very many drivers. I just tried to hit fairways and keep it under the hole on these greens. Today, I just hit a lot of shots to the middle of the green and two putted from there. It was boring, but good golf.

Adding her name to the Fladoos Trophy, brought a smile to her face after the final round.

“It feels pretty cool to win a tournament with such special history,” Snyder said. “I’m excited (to have won).”

Finishing in the tie for runner-up were Leanne Smith and first round leader Maddie Bartsch who both posted 229 (+13) for the three-day event.

In the Open Division, Janece Schwartzkopf held off Kari Manning to win by a single stroke.

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Snyder sticks to the plan, takes commanding lead at 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur

Britta Snyder (pictured above), of Gilbert, knew she left more than a few shots out there yesterday during the 93rd Iowa Woman’s Amateur at Hyperion Field Club.

Today, she didn’t.

Snyder fired a sizzling 70 (-2) to take the lead by seven shots over opening round leader Maddie Bertsch. Snyder made a total of four birdies, all on the front nine (her second nine holes of the day).

“I made some putts today,” Snyder said. “Going into today I wanted to be under par, it’s out there on this course. It’s a challenge (out here), but you know there are birdie opportunities out there. I wanted to finish strong. I had a double bogey yesterday (on #4) and almost birdied that hole today. It was just a matter of figuring out a few things.”

The game plan for Snyder won’t change she said, no matter how big of a cushion she may have entering the final round.

“That doesn’t change (my mindset),” Snyder said. “(Today) I wanted to get the lead and increase it. I want to stick to my game plan, step on the gas and hopefully get the win.”

Sitting just a shot back of Bertsch in the race for the top three is a trio of players including Allison Olberding, Paige Van Dyk and Leanne Smith.

In the Open Division Kari Manning leads followed closely by several golfers looking to make a move in tomorrow’s final round.

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Bertsch leads 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur

Pretty simple day.

That’s exactly what Maddie Bertsch (pictured above) made it look like in the opening round of the 93rd Iowa Women’s Amateur being contested at Hyperion Field Club, Johnston, under calm and scorable conditions.

Bertsch, from Robins, will be a senior at the University of Northern Iowa this fall. She made 14 pars on the day to go along with a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys in route to 72 (E).

Gilbert’s Britta Synder sits just a shot back at 73 (+1), while Iowa State University golfer M.J. Kamin posted 74 (+2).

In in the Open Division, Kari Manning, a Hyperion Field Club member, opened with 78 (+6) and is followed by Kelly Grimes who shot 81 (+9).

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Ullestad makes charge, wins 115th Iowa Amateur

It wasn’t the start Trevor Ullestad, trailing by three to start the day, was looking for in the final round of the 115th Iowa Amateur at Cedar Rapids Country Club, but the Jewell native kicked it in gear mid-way through his opening nine holes and held on to the lead the rest of the way.

“I topped a three wood on #2,” Ullestad said. “Not sure where that came from. Then I made a pretty bad bogey right after that. But I knew there were plenty of birdies out there. I made a lot of them this week. I tried to keep my head down and recover as best I could.”

Following an impressive, and must needed, eagle on #6, Ullestad birdied both #8-9 to turn in 34 and had erased the deficit to Broc Everett, who led after two rounds.

Three bogeys on the front nine for Everett left him chasing on the back nine holes. After a bogey on #14, Ullestad answered right back with back to back birdies on the next two holes to leave Everett and Bull will fighting for the lead.

A birdie putt on #18 by Everett slid by that would have put somewhat of pressure on Ullestad’s upcoming par putt. Needing only to two-putt from mid-range, Ullestad rolled in the par putt to claim the title.

“My eagle on #6 (was a turning point),” Ullestad said. “That really settled me down and thought I could make a few more birdies.”

Not out of the mix, opening round leader Dennis Bull put on a charge of his own, birding #9, 10 and 11 to get to -4 on the day and briefly tied for the lead. Bull (68) would par in from that point leaving him, along with Everett(74), two strokes off of Ullestad’s 206 (-10) total.

“I knew I had to get it to 10-under-par,” Ullestad said. “I love this course, it’ so important to know where to put the ball on the greens. It’s a great golf course.”

The 115th Iowa Amateur champion commented it was the big stick that was the key for him at CRCC. Ullestad, who plays college golf at Missouri and will be a senior this fall

“I hit driver really well” Ullestad said. “I hit a lot of fairways. My putting wasn’t great, but I made enough of them to make up for that.”

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