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Burlington’s Rascon finishes Runner-Up at Drive, Chip and Putt finals

We should probably remember the name Mateo Rascon.

Rascon (at far right, in purple), 11, of West Burlington, finished runner-up in the boys 10-11 division at the national Drive, Chip & Putt finals on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

The Drive, Chip & Putt competition tests those three skills based on distance for the drive and proximity to the hole in the chip and putt skills.  Rascon showed power along with great finesse both on the way to and at Augusta.

Mateo won the drive competition with a distance of over 245 yards.  He then finished 3rd in the chipping portion, giving him the lead heading into the 3rd and final stage, putting.  He faced a final putt which he needed to get within four feet, but the tricky Augusta National greens that have caused so much frustration for tour professionals over the years, bit Mateo as his putt slide past the hole and finished beyond four feet.  That left him in second place.  Liam Hartling of Redlands, Calif. was the champion.

Rascon credits Burlington Golf Club PGA Professional Joe Butler as well as his grandfather and father for helping hone his skills.  Butler, as well as many family and friends, made the trip to Augusta with Mateo.  While he didn’t emerge as the national champion, he certainly made the golfers of Iowa proud over the weekend.

View the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals Leaderboard

View a photo gallery from Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club

USGA announces retirement of State Team Championships

The Club at Las Campanas, in Santa Fe, N.M., will host the final Women’s State Team in September

FAR HILLS, N.J. (March 30, 2017) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the retirement of the Men’s State Team Championship and Women’s State Team Championship, following the completion of the 2017 competitions calendar.

“The USGA continually evaluates its championships and the way in which they are conducted,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The decision to discontinue the State Team Championships follows a thorough review and analysis, including consultation with representatives from state and regional golf associations.”

The USGA State Team Championships were first conducted in 1995 as part of the Association’s centennial celebration and were originally intended to be one-time only events. The championships, in which each state was represented by non-collegiate, amateur golfers, helped cap the USGA’s year-long festivities.

State and regional golf associations sent three-player male and female teams to compete in a stroke-play format similar to the World Amateur Team Championship, in which the best two scores of each state’s three competitors counted on each of the three days of competition. Due to its initial success, the championship continued on a biennial basis and eventually all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia competed.

The Club at Las Campanas (Sunset Course), in Santa Fe, N.M., will host the final Women’s State Team on Sept. 26-28, 2017. In 2015, Georgia rallied past second-round leader Florida to post a three-stroke victory and claim the Judy Bell Trophy. The Men’s State Team was conducted for the last time in 2016 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.), where Michigan won the championship by three strokes over Arizona and North Carolina. Each championship will have been contested a total of 12 times.

The retirement of the State Team Championships, coupled with the addition of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, to be held on July 12-15 at Chicago Golf Club, in Wheaton, Ill., transforms the USGA championship model starting in 2018.

“The USGA expresses its gratitude to all the champions and competitors of the USGA State Team Championships, as well as the host clubs and the hundreds of volunteers who contributed their time and efforts,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships and Governance. “In our reviews and discussions, it became quite clear that the conditions of competition had evolved, and there were significant differences in the respective team selection processes. After considering the matter for more than a year, the review supported increased focus toward other areas of USGA competition, both present and future, including the continued enhancement of the local and sectional qualifying experience for players across all USGA championships.”

Both championships boast a list of impressive performances over their histories. John Harris, the 1993 U.S. Amateur champion and four-time USA Walker Cup Team member, led Minnesota to Men’s State Team victories in 1997 and 2001. The 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, Brandt Snedeker, who has won eight PGA Tour titles, and Tim Jackson, who won a pair of U.S. Mid-Amateurs, helped Tennessee win the 2003 crown. Nathan Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and a member of three USA Walker Cup Teams, helped Pennsylvania to the 2009 championship. Texas captured a record four Men’s State Teams, including 2007 when Trip Kuehne, who won that year’s Mid-Amateur, was a key figure.

The Women’s State Team has also attracted an array of the game’s top players. Carol Semple Thompson, who has won seven USGA championships, including the 1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur, helped Pennsylvania garner the inaugural Women’s State Team in 1995. Virginia Derby Grimes, the 2018 USA Curtis Cup captain and 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur winner, led Alabama to its lone title in 1997. Mariah Stackhouse, who became the first African American player to compete for the USA Curtis Cup Team in 2014 and led Stanford to the NCAA title the following year, helped Georgia to the second of its four State Team titles in 2009, while Margaret Shirley-Starosto, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, contributed to the Peach State’s record fourth championship in 2015. Laura Coble, the 2009 Women’s Mid-Amateur runner-up, was part of Georgia’s first three winning entries.

With the addition of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open and discontinuation of the USGA State Team Championships, the USGA will conduct 14 championships in 2018.

2018 USGA Championships (14)

  • U.S. Open Championship, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17
  • U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Shoal Creek (Ala.), May 31-June 3
  • U.S. Senior Open Championship, The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28-July 1
  • U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill., July 12-15
  • U.S. Amateur Championship, Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, Aug. 13-19
  • U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn., Aug. 6-12
  • U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif., July 16-21
  • U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J., July 16-21
  • U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club, Sept. 22-27
  • U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 22-27
  • U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, Eugene (Ore.) Country Club, Aug. 25-30
  • U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla., Oct. 6-11
  • U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, Jupiter Hills Club, Tequesta, Fla., May 19-23
  • U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif., April 28-May 2

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 annual amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf facility management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

Golf has $817 million impact in Iowa

Economic Impact Study – Summary report

Economic Impact Study – Full report

The Iowa Golf Council, which is a partnership of the Iowa Golf Association, Iowa Section PGA & Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association, recently commissioned a study on the economic impact of golf in the state of Iowa.

The study, which began in late 2016 using 2015 data, was completed in early 2017 and found that golf in Iowa has an economic impact of $817.5 million.  The game employs 11,435 individuals amounting to $280.2 million in compensation and accounted for $72 million in state and local taxes.  You can view the entire Economic Impact Report here.

This study shows how big of an industry golf is in Iowa.  It drives significant economic impact throughout the state.  The study includes not only direct operational expenditures and capital investments made by golf facilities in Iowa, but also golf-related manufacturing and retail spending, golf tourism, and new golf related construction.  Every Iowan should be proud of the fact that golf generated nearly $30 million in charitable dollars in 2015.

As part of this study, the Iowa Golf Council will be announcing the details of “IOWA GOLF DAY” at the state capitol in Des Moines very soon.  We will post information here at as it becomes available.

2017 IGA Rules of Golf Seminars Announced


The Iowa Golf Association will once again host a series of seminars focusing on the Rules of Golf.  We have three scheduled for 2017, one of which is dedicated specifically to educating high school golf coaches.

The three dates feature one in the western part of the state, one central and one east.

For the central site, we have partnered with the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (boys).  We will provide a few hours of rules education during a full day of training for high school golf coaches.  The clinic will be held at the Iowa Hall of Pride at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 8th.
Click here to view a flyer with sign up instructions on the HS Coaches Clinic

Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City will host for the eastern part of the state on Saturday, March 25th.  Council Bluffs Country Club will be the host for the western part.  Both of these seminars will begin at 9 a.m. and finish around noon.  We will focus on some of the most commonly applied rules of golf, as well as answer questions from those in attendance.


The IGHSAU & IHSAA are the administrators of the clinic on April 8th, therefore only high school coaches are eligible to attend (see flyer).

Anyone is eligible to attend on March 25 (Pleasant Valley, Iowa City) or April 1 (Council Bluffs CC).  High School coaches and players are strongly encouraged to attend.  These seminars are FREE to attend, no cost.


To sign up to attend the High School Clinic on April 8th (Iowa Hall of Pride), please email [email protected].

To sign up to attend either March 25 @ Pleasant Valley (Iowa City) or April 1 @ Council Bluffs CC, please email [email protected].

If you have questions, please give us a call (515-207-1062) or email [email protected].

Norwalk couple comes up aces in California

Talk about a two-day stretch of golf.

Norwalk’s Jerry Hardy and Bonnie Bell, both members at Echo Valley Country Club, each made a hole-in-one, just one day apart.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, Bonnie informed the IGA of something ever more amazing.

“Jerry had spent nine days in the hospital,” Bonnie said. “As soon as he found out he was getting out he had me make a tee time at Palm Desert’s (CA) Oasis Country Club.’

As this (true) story would have it, upon release, Jerry played golf with Bonnie and others for golf and witnessed Bonnie get her first hole-in-one

Jerry felt well enough to golf the next day to play again – and he got a hole-in-one.

“It was very exciting for us,” Bonnie said. “Different holes though and it was Jerry’s fourth (hole-in-one).”

Several IGA member courses ready for play

The following IGA Member Courses have communicated they either are or will be open:

AH Blank Golf Course – Open for the season
Airport National Public Golf Course – Open Friday (2/17) 10 a.m.-dusk, Sat/Sun 9 a.m.-dusk
American Legion Golf Course (Marshalltown) – Will open Saturday/Sunday, maybe Friday
Bent Tree Golf Club – Will open Thursday (2/16), cart path only & no range
Bos Landen Golf Club – Will open Thursday (2/16)
Brown Deer Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17) and will remain open as weather permits
Burlington Golf Club – Opening Friday (2/17) at 11 a.m. & Sat/Sun at 9 a.m.
Cedar Creek Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17), weather pending
Council Bluffs Country Club – Open as weather permits
Dodge Riverside Golf Club – Will be open this weekend
Fox Ridge Golf Club – Will open on Friday (2/17)
Harvest Point Golf Course – Will open Friday-Sunday (2/17-19), longer depending on weather
Jefferson Community Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17)
Lake Panorama National Resort – Opening Friday (2/17)
Leon Golf and Country Club – Currently open
Oakland Acres Golf Course – Currently open
Palmer Hills Golf Course – Driving range is open, course will open Thursday (2/16) at 11 a.m.
Pleasant Valley Golf Course – Will open on Friday (2/17)
Prairie Links Golf & Events Center – Will open Sunday (3/5) at 10 a.m.
Rustic Ridge Golf Course – Open for play, weather and course conditions permitting
Tara Hills Golf & CC – Open to members only as weather allows
Terrace Hills Golf Course – Will be open Friday through Monday (2/17-20)
Saddleback Ridge Golf Course – Will open Saturday, March 4th at 9 a.m.
Sheaffer Memorial Golf Club – Will open Friday-Sunday (2/17-19) at 8 a.m., no tee times needed
St. Andrews Golf Course – Currently open
The Legacy Golf Club – Opening Thursday (2/16) and will remain open as weather permits
The Preserve on Rathbun Lake – Will open Thursday (2/16)
Tournament Club of Iowa – Friday (2/17) at 9 a.m.
Veenker Memorial Golf Course – Opening 9 holes on Thursday (2/16) and all 18 holes on Friday
Warrior Run Golf Course – Currently open, can change day to day
Westwood Golf Course – Opening Friday (2/17), all 18 holes
Whispering Creek Golf Club – Opening Thursday (2/17)
Woodland Hills – Opening Thursday (2/16) at 10 a.m., as weather permits

Click here for more information on all of our member courses.

Be sure to check back for updates to this list!

Elliott, McCoy capture 61st International Four-Ball

With a final day 1-under 70 the Iowa duo of Mike McCoy and Gene Elliott were able to shake free of a 36-hole tie and win the 61st playing of the International Four-Ball.

McCoy and Elliott proceeded their final round at The Fox Club in Palm City, FL, with tallies of 70-64 as they finished 9 under (204) and a slim one shot in front of runner-up Chad Wilfong and Allen Hobbs.

Iowa’s Dennis Bull and Terry Cook also competed, finishing 9th (210).

Click here to read more.

Click here to read a recap from Global Golf Post

Ann Griffel, Herman Sani Scholarship applications available

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation (IGAF) was established to preserve the game and develop more programs to promote the future of golf in Iowa, which is why we offer two scholarships, The Ann Griffel Scholarship and The Herman Sani Scholarship, granted to graduating high school seniors.

The Ann Griffel Scholarship was named after long-time IWGA President, Ann Griffel. During her 23-year term, Griffel started many women’s’ championships that are still played today. She was inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 2006 to honor her contributions to the game. The IGAF awards $2,000 Ann Griffel Scholarships to Iowa High School senior girls who intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university, or trade school.

Herman Sani was the first director of the Iowa Golf Association and served the organization for over 30 years. He was inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, and the scholarship was established in 1959 after Sani’s death to honor his love for the game and the young kids who played it. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student is making reasonable academic progress. Scholarships are awarded and recipients are selected based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities, not on golf accomplishments or ability.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Friday, March 17, 2017.

Click here to apply and learn more about both IGAF Scholarships.

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