Category: Director’s Cup

Team Iowa finishes fourth at 12th Director’s Cup

It just wasn’t to be.

Team Iowa finished fourth at the 12th Director’s Cup, finishing with 12.5 points over the two-day event. Team Nebraska won the competition with 21 points at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, KS.

The goodwill competition is staged every other year and consists of round-robin Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles matches between teams from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The Director’s Cup Matches are a team match play competition between the top amateur golfers from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The team match play sessions on day one consist of Four-Ball and Foursomes. Singles conclude the event on the final day. Each match uses Nassau scoring with one point awarded for each the front nine, back nine and 18-hole match. If a match is tied each team receives a 1/2 point. The team that wins the most points wins the trophy.

Iowa’s Trent Lindenman and Nate McCoy both contributed to 5.5 points of the team’s total for the event. Connie Peck (pictured above) chipped in with 4 points, including all three points in his Singles match.

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Team Iowa finishes runner-up at 11th Director’s Cup

After a tough final-day fight at the 11th Director’s Cup, Team Iowa (above) finished runner-up to Team Nebraska at Dismal River Club in Mullen, Nebraska. Iowa concluded the two-day tournament with a 19.50-point tally. Nebraska, who finished with 23 points, didn’t slip up and claimed the outright victory down the stretch.

On Wednesday, Iowa got off to a quick start and took a half-point lead after the Four-Ball portion of the tournament. Gene Elliott and Jon Brown teamed up to take down Missouri’s Ryan Sullivan and Ryan Eckelkamp. Elliott and Brown scored three points for Team Iowa and gave them a push up the leaderboard.

During the Foursome portion, Nebraska took over . After winning every match they had, Nebraska added seven points to their total. Iowa did not quit, they tallied four points and remained in second place. Iowa’s Jon Brown and Ethan Mechling joined Nate McCoy and J.D. Anderson with tied matches.

Single matches began this morning and Team Iowa didn’t let up. Elliott tied his match to give Iowa an early 1.50 points. J.D. Anderson could not be stopped and won 11 of the 16 holes he played against Kansas’s Matt Lazzo. Anderson tacked on another three points to give Iowa the lead for the moment.

Nebraska’s Ryan Nietfeldt followed J.D. Anderson and put another three points onto the Nebraska scoreboard. After Nebraska regained the lead, Iowa’s Connor Peck decided to take it back after adding three points from his match against Missouri’s Curtis Brokenbrow.

The close race between Iowa and Nebraska continued.

Ethan Mechling fell to Missouri’s Brevin Giebler, but managed to sneak one point on to the side for Iowa. The final two matches Iowa were from the top-two in the IGA Men’s Player of the Year standings, Nate McCoy and Jon Brown.

McCoy took on one of Nebraska’s best, Andy Sajevic. It was a close match all the way through, and the two competitors ended the day in a tie. McCoy added 1.50 points to the Iowa total, but Nebraska’s lead was just too much.

Brown continued to fight for Team Iowa, but Nebraska’s Jay Moore gave it his all and won five holes to Brown’s one. It was a good run from Team Iowa, but Nebraska’s play in the final stretch was unmatchable.

Overall Totals
Nebraska: 23.00
Iowa: 19.50
Kansas: 16.50
Missouri: 13.00


Wednesday Matches

Nebraska: 12.00
Iowa: 9.50
Kansas: 7.50
Missouri: 7.00

Four-Ball Matches
Iowa (Nate McCoy/Connor Peck) 1 down/2&1/2 Up Kansas (Alex Springer/Doug Albers)
Iowa (Gene Elliott/Jon Brown) 2&1/2 Up/3&2 Missouri (Ryan Sullivan/Ryan Eckelkamp)
Iowa (Ethan Mechling/J.D. Anderson) Tied Nebraska (William Amundsen/Scott Tridle)

Foursome Matches
Iowa (Connor Peck/Gene Elliott) 3&2/2&1/3&2 Nebraska (Johnny Spellerberg/Ryan Nietfeldt)
Iowa (Jon Brown/Ethan Mechling) 3&1/3&2/Tied Kansas (Kit Grove/Brian Fehr)
Iowa (Nate McCoy/J.D. Anderson) 1 Up/1 Down/Tied Missouri (Brad Nurski/Chris Ferris)


Thursday Matches
Nebraska: 11.00
Iowa: 10.00
Kansas: 9.00
Missouri: 6.00

Iowa (Gene Elliott) 1 Down/1 Up/Tied Kansas (Pete Krsnich)
Iowa (J.D. Anderson) 5&3/4&2/8&7 Kansas (Matt Lazzo)
Iowa (Connor Peck) 3&2/1 Up/6&5 Missouri (Curtis Brokenbrow)
Iowa (Ethan Mechling) 4&2/1 Down/3&2 (Missouri (Brevin Giebler)
Iowa (Nate McCoy) Tied/Tied/Tied Nebraska (Andy Sajevic)
Iowa (Jon Brown) 2 Up/2&1/4&3 Nebraska (Jay Moore)


Team Iowa seals the deal, claims Director’s Cup Trophy at St. Joseph CC

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.


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Directors Cup Matches take place at St. Joseph CC

The 2019 Directors Cup Matches begin today from St. Joseph Country Club, Country Club Village, Missouri. This goodwill competition is staged every other year and consists of round-robin Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles matches between teams from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Each team consists of 6 players.

Today’s matches will include four-ball in the morning session and foursomes in the afternoon.

Team Iowa consists of Nate McCoy, Jon Olson, Brian Allison, Dennis Bull, J.D. Anderson and Scot Cook.

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Iowa gives a valiant effort, comes up 1/2 point short of Nebraska

Trailing by 4.5 points heading into Sunday’s Singles Matches in the 2017 Director’s Cup, Team Iowa (pictured above) gave it a valiant effort but came up just short of capturing the cup. Nebraska’s 20 total points was good enough to capture the victory over Iowa 20-19.5.

Kansas (17.5 points) and Missouri (15 points) finished third and fourth respectively.

Winning three points each on Sunday to help the Iowa cause were Dusty Drenth and Scot Cook. In total Drenth won 7.5 points (Four-Ball, Foursome and Singles).

Representing this year’s team from Iowa were:

  • Jon Brown
  • J.D. Anderson
  • Dennis Bull
  • Dusty Drenth
  • Scot Cook
  • Sam Zoske

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Team Nebraska – 2017 Director’s Cup Champions

IGA Director’s Cup Team announced


2017 DIRECTOR’S CUP WEBSITE (see results, pairings, team rosters, etc)

The 2017 IGA Director’s Cup Team has been finalized. The Director’s Cup Matches are goodwill matches that began in 2000. Originally they were called the Tri-State Director’s Cup Matches and featured teams from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. In 2015 Missouri was added, thus dropping “Tri” from the name of the event. They are held on the years opposite the USGA Men’s State Team Championship.

Teams are made up of six individuals. The top four players in the standings ​ automatically are invited. The remaining two players are chosen as “Director’s picks” by the IGA Executive Director. Points are calculated using 50 percent of the prior year’s Player of the Year point totals and 100 percent of the current year point total. Points were accumulated through August 13 (end of Herman Sani Tournament).

Representing this year’s team from Iowa are:
Jon Brown
Brown won the 2017 Carroll Amateur, qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and was runner-up at the 2017 Iowa Masters. He also finished in the top 5 of this year’s IGA Match Play and Briarwood Amateur.

J.D. Anderson
Anderson has had a very successful 2017 campaign including wins at the 32nd Iowa Mid-Amateur and 2017 Briarwood Amateur. Most recently Anderson qualified as co-medalist for the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Other top finishes for Anderson this year were Southeast Iowa Amateur (2nd), 115th Iowa Amateur (T8th) and a pair of T4th finishes at the Herman Sani Tournament and Northwest Amateur.

Dennis Bull
Bull put together a trio of top 5 finishes this summer including 115th Iowa Amateur (T2nd), Herman Sani Tournament (3rd) and 32nd Iowa Mid-Amateur (T3rd). Bull was also in the top 10 of the Briarwood Amateur, finishing T8th place.

Dusty Drenth
Drenth played very consistent​ly​ in 2017, finishing 2nd in the 32nd Iowa Mid-Amateur, T4th at the Waterloo Open and T10th at the 115th Iowa Amateur. Most recently, Drenth shared medalist honors with Anderson and qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Scot Cook
Cook found himself in the top 10 of many events this year including Southeast Iowa Amateur (T2nd), 22nd IGA Four-Ball (T4th) with partner Scott Hart and at the Carroll Amateur (T9th).

Sam Zoske
Zoske was a quarterfinalist in this year’s IGA Match Play Championship and notched top 15 finishes in the 32nd Iowa Mid-Amateur and Iowa Masters.

The 2017 Director’s Cup Matches will be hosted by the IGA at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City on September 1​8​-19. Due to NCAA rules, college players are not eligible to compete.

Click here to view Iowa Director’s Cup Standings.​

Click here to view results from the 2015 matches.

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