Iowa won the Director’s Cup for the third time in the event’s history on Thursday at St. Joseph Country Club in Country Club Village, Missouri.
The team – Brian Allison, J.D. Anderson, Dennis Bull, Scot Cook, Nate McCoy and Jon Olson – accumulated 25 1/2 points to win the cup for the first time since 2011. The host squad from Missouri was second with 20 1/2 points while Nebraska (19) and Kansas (7) rounded out the scoring.
Iowa took command during the partner play on day one (Wednesday) when they tallied an astounding 16 of a possible 18 points. Day one consists of Four-Ball play in the morning and Foursomes (alternate shot) in the afternoon. Scoring is Nassau format with 3 points available in each match (1 pt for Front 9, 1 pt for Back 9 and 1 pt for Total 18). After day one, Iowa had amassed an eight point cushion over the other three states.
In the Singles session on Thursday, Missouri and Nebraska both gained ground on the Iowans, scoring 13 points and 11 points, respectively. But that was not enough to overcome the lead Iowa had built. Iowa had 9 1/2 points during Singles and Kansas scored 2 1/2.
The Director’s Cup is a goodwill competition that is staged every other year and consists of round-robin Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles matches between teams from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. It began as the Tri-State Director’s Cup in 2000 and when Missouri was added in 2015 it became known as simply the Director’s Cup.