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Boatwright Internship Opportunity with the IGA

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is excited to offer two P.J. Boatwright Internships – a 9-month and a 3-month – in 2017. Working under the direction of the IGA Executive Director and senior staff, the interns will learn about all aspects of amateur golf administration.

The IGA is the governing body for golf in the state of Iowa and exists as a non-profit organization that works to preserve, protect and promote the best interests and spirit of the game.  As “caretakers” of the game the IGA works to preserve the rich history of golf in our state and to provide numerous services that benefit all that play the game in Iowa.

In 1991, the USGA established the P.J. Boatwright, Jr. (pictured above) Internship Program. This program is designed to give experience to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in golf administration, while assisting state and regional golf associations in the promotion of amateur golf, on a short-term, entry level basis.

The deadline to apply is February 20, 2017.

Click here to view the job description along with instructions for applying.

Manske finishes T99th at Asian Tour Q-School Final Stage, gains developmental status

Former Sani Scholar Josh Manske posted rounds of 67-71-71-73 – 282 (-6) at Asian Tour Q-School Final Stage. Manske tied for 99th place. This finish gives Manske developmental status on tour. He is currently in Malaysia now and will be playing in a golf tournament under that status.

A total of 223 hopefuls were vying for the much-sought after Asian Tour cards at the all-important Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Players from 30 countries teed up at the Suvarnabhumi Golf and Country Club and they include nationalities from as far as Venezuela, Poland, Colombia and the United States.

Click here to see a recap of scoring from the event.

McCoy partners with John Engler to win National Senior-Junior

For the second consecutive year the National Senior-Junior hosted by The Dye Preserve (click link to read recap in Global Golf Post) went to a playoff. In the playoff the duo of Mike McCoy and John Engler were able to outlast the team of Arnold Cutrell and Darin Kowalski on the second playoff hole.

McCoy, the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur winner, and Engel started the final day one-stroke behind but used a final round 64 in the closing day Scramble to reach the 199 number that put them into the playoff. McCoy and Engel started the week with a Best-Ball 68 and a Pinehurst Format 67.

2017 Preview: Get pumped for USGA Championships

Calendars are flipped, resolutions are made and one goal is the focus for tens of thousands of competitors from more than 75 countries around the globe: to qualify for, contend in and, ultimately, win a USGA championship. The 2017 season promises enticing drama as players aim to be in peak form for the most comprehensive tests in the game. Here’s a preview of what you need to know.

Click here for a preview of what you need to know.

Welcome to the new IGA website

Welcome to the new iowagolf.org. The new website is mobile friendly and, we think, has a terrific new look and feel.  Please take some time to click around and see the new site.

Start by hovering over the menu at the top and finding an area to dive into.  Most pages on the new site are built with ‘scrolling’ in mind – in other words, simply scroll to find more and more information when you are on a page.  This is done so that the web pages are easily scalable when looking at it on a mobile device.  In fact, you should do just that – try navigating the new iowagolf.org using your phone or tablet.  We think you’ll find a much better experience.

We appreciate any feedback on the new design.  If you have any thoughts, please send them to us at [email protected].

Thank you and we hope you enjoy!

Consider the 2017 Iowa PGA Golf Pass, help support the IGAF

The Iowa Golf Association Foundation is partnering with the Iowa Section PGA to promote the Iowa PGA Golf Pass to members of the IGA.

An Iowa PGA Golf Card is a booklet that contains FREE or discounted rates at over 250 golf facilities across Iowa and Western Illinois. By purchasing the golf pass, you can save hundreds – even thousands – of dollars on green fees, cart rentals, range balls, merchandise, and golf lessons!

Golfers now have the option to purchase the Iowa PGA Golf Pass in an electronic version ($40) or the typical printed booklet ($45) that has been available in the past.

The best part is you can use the coupon code “iowagolf” at checkout to receive $10 off your purchase (from $45 or $40 down to $35 or $30). Additionally, if you use that code, the IGA Foundation will receive a $10 donation from the Iowa PGA.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “iowagolf” to receive $10 off your purchase of the Iowa PGA Golf Card.

Click here to purchase your Iowa PGA Golf Pass

Elliott claims fourth IGA, second Senior POTY; Epperly tops of IGA Junior points list

Elliott claims fourth IGA POTY
For the second year in a row and fourth overall, West Des Moines’ Gene Elliott is the IGA Player of the Year.

Elliott, who edged out Urbandale’s Jon Brown by 37.5 points (1,156.76 – 1,119.17) thanks to earning his way into match play the U.S. Mid-Amateur, had another banner year in 2016. Elliott had top five finishes at the Stocker Cup, Coleman Invitational, Iowa Mid-Amateur and Iowa Masters to go along with wins at the IGA Four-Ball (with partner Mike McCoy) and the Briarwood Amateur. Elliott also qualified for the previously mentioned U.S. Mid-Amateur to earn bonus points towards his winning total this year.

Brown, who fell just short of his third IGA POTY title, had a solid year himself earning a win at the Iowa Mid-Amateur to go along with low amateur at the Herman Sani Tournament and Iowa Open. Brown also partnered with Jon Olson to qualify for match play at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball this year.

Rounding out the top five in this year’s race were J.D. Anderson, Jon Olson and McCoy.

 

Elliott wins second IGA Senior POTY
With the help of two wins and bonus points at two USGA events in 2016, Gene Elliott (1,435 points) outdistanced Ron Peterson (1122.5 points) for the 2016 IGA Senior Player of the Year crown. This is the second IGA Senior Player of the Year award for Elliott (2012).

Elliott won the IGA Senior Match Play and the Iowa Senior Amateur Championship and added in points for qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open and for making match play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Elliott qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by earning co-medalist honors with a 68 at Vista Valley Country Club in Vista, CA. He joined fellow Iowan and close friend Mike McCoy at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, OH. McCoy was exempt into the event from being low amateur at the Senior Open in 2015.

Peterson, who gave a great effort in chasing the Senior POTY title this year, amassed three wins and two runner-up finishes in 2016. He won the Senior Division of the Iowa Mid-Amateur, Carroll Amateur and Northwest Amateur and was runner-up in the Senior Division at the Iowa Masters and Iowa Open.

Finishing just behind Elliott and Peterson were Terry Cook (3rd), Joe Bates (4th) and Curtis Holck (5th).

 

Epperly comes out on top of IGA Junior points list
Two wins and qualifying for the match play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur this summer vaulted Ben Epperly to the top of the IGA Junior Player of the Year Points list.

Epperly, who accumulated a total of 1,270 points, was victorious at the Class 4A Iowa High School State Championship and the Midwest Junior Championship held at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. The highlight of his summer was his performance at the U.S. Junior Amateur at The Honors Course in Tennessee. He opened with a 1-under par 71 in qualifying and ultimately earned the #53 seed in the match play draw. He lost a tightly contested match 1 up in his opening round.

Following close behind Epperly, was Chris Cooksley who posted win at the 1A Iowa High School State Championship and the IPGA Junior Tour Championship.

Garret Jensen, who won the 2016 Iowa Masters, finished third in the standings.

Heinz, Kubesheski & Hawkins earn Women’s Player of the Year awards

Heinz wins third straight Player of the Year
Jenny Heinz, of Cedar Falls, successfully defended her IGA Player of the Year title for the third consecutive year.

It was a close race, but Heinz bested second place finisher, Julie Buerman, by 92 points. Heinz earned 925 points to claim the 2016 Player of the Year title which was highlighted by two wins at the IGA Women’s Four-Ball (with partner Karli Kerrigan) and by winning the Individual Gross competition of the IGA Women’s Club Team Championship at Wakonda Club in early August. Heinz also finished runner-up in the IGA Women’s Match Play event hosted by Crow Valley Golf Club.

Cedar Rapids’ Buerman finished runner up to Heinz in the point standings. Buerman competed in five IGA events, earning a victory in the IGA Women’s Match Play Championship where she beat Heinz in the finals by a score of 3 & 1. She also finished second in the Cedar Rapids Women’s Open and fourth in the Gross Division of the IGA Women’s Club Team Championship.

Finishing third in the point race was University of Iowa golfer, Jessie Sindlinger. Sindlinger only competed in one event, but she made the most of it by claiming her first Iowa Women’s Amateur victory at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

 

Kubesheski claims second Senior Player of the Year title
Since the inauguration of the award in 2010, Rose Kubesheski of Dubuque has been a mainstay at the top of the Women’s Senior Player of the Year standings. In 2016, she earned her third win (2010 & 2013).

Kubesheski ran away with the 2016 POTY title as she finished nearly 260 points ahead of runner-up, Janece Schwartzkopf, of Stuart. Kubesheski competed in four events which included three victories; her first coming in the IGA Women’s Four-Ball (with partner Robin Webb), her second in the IGA Forever 39 Match Play Championship, and her third when she won her fifth IGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Briarwood Club of Ankeny in late September.

Schwartzkopf’s 621.5 points was good enough to earn her second place in the point standings. The high point of Schwartzkopf’s season came in mid-July when she won the Open Division of the Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship. She also finished runner-up in the Iowa Women’s Senior Amateur Championship and third in the IGA Women’s Four-Ball with partner Carroll Dethrow.

The standings may have looked differently had Robin Webb, of Clive, would not have had to withdraw from the Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, but nonetheless, Webb earned 500 points to finish in third place in the point standings. She played in three events which included winning the IGA Women’s Four-Ball with partner, Kubesheski.

 

Hawkins wins Junior Girls’ Player of the Year in 2016
It was a tight race, but in the end, Maddie Hawkins, of Asbury came out on top as the 2016 IGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year.

Hawkins competed in six events this season where, after qualifying in Blaine, Minn., she earned a spot as the first alternate in the USGA Girl’s Junior Amateur Championship. Hawkins also finished second in qualifying to earn a number two seed in match play in the Western Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship. She went on to make it to the quarterfinal round in match play, but lost to the number ten seed, Penelope Tir of Illinois, 3 & 1. Other highlights included a third place finish in the Iowa PGA Junior Championship at Ames Golf and Country Club and a fourth place finish at the Midwest Junior hosted by Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.

Casey Noble, 17, of Morning Sun never finished outside of the top ten in any of the eight events that she played this season. Noble collected a pair of runner-up finishes in the Iowa PGA Cedar Rapids Junior and the Iowa PGA Junior Championship. She also placed third in the class 1A Iowa High School State Tournament contested at Jester Park Golf Course in Granger.

Rounding out the top three in the junior girl’s point standings was Hannah Bermel of Cedar Falls. Bermel claimed runner-up finishes at the class 5A Iowa High School State Golf Tournament and at the Iowa PGA Junior Tour Kickoff held at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. Highlighting her season was a win at the Iowa PGA Junior Championship at Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora.

2017 Championship Schedule Released

The IGA is excited to announce the 2017 Championship schedule, which will feature several top venues around the state (scroll and click link at bottom for complete schedule of events).

Next year, the 115th Iowa Amateur will be contested at Cedar Rapids Country Club (CRCC), which was host to the 2016 U.S. Open Local qualifier. CRCC recently completed a tremendous restoration that will give players a challenging, but fair test.  It is the state’s only Donald Ross-designed golf course, and the recent restoration brought it back to Ross’ original vision.

CRCC also hosted U.S. Open Local qualifiers in 2003 and 2004. The Iowa Amateur will be played on Monday – Wednesday, July 24-26.

The Iowa Women’s Amateur will be played at Johnston’s Hyperion Field Club, which last hosted the championship in 2009. Hyperion recently hosted the Herman Sani Tournament and the IGA Club Team Championship in 2016. Similar to the Iowa Amateur, the Iowa Women’s Amateur will also be contested over a Monday – Wednesday (July 31-Aug. 1).

The Harvester Golf Club will once again host the IGA Match Play Championship, having done so in 2003 and 2004. The IGA Women’s Match Play will also be contested concurrently. Most recently, The Harvester hosted the 2015 U.S. Open Local qualifier. The course, which has routinely been ranked the best in the state by numerous publications, was home to the 2007 Iowa Amateur as well.  This year’s men’s and women’s Match Play is scheduled for Monday – Thursday, June 26-29.

Back on the schedule is Cedar Falls’ Beaver Hills Country Club, the host of the 2017 Iowa Mid-Amateur. This will be the fourth time the club has hosted the Iowa Mid-Am (1990, 97 & 2003).  The club has also hosted five Iowa Amateur Championships (1973, 74, 81, 93 & 98).  The course, which opened in 1965 and was designed by Larry Packard, completed a renovation of the turf on the tees, fairways and greens in 2014.

Since 2013 the Herman Sani Tournament presented by Coppola Enterprises has rotated between Echo Valley Country Club and Hyperion Field Club.  2017 marks a return to Echo Valley CC, the third time they will host. The tournament will be held on its traditional dates – Fri-Sun, August 11-13. The championship features professional and amateur golfers with proceeds from the tournament going to the IGA’s Herman Sani Scholarship Fund.

The Iowa Wife-Husband Championship will again be held at Lake Panorama National Golf Course in Panora, which hosted in 2016. The championship, set for Sept. 15-17, was previously held at Burlington Golf Club (2003-15) and Brooks Golf Course in Okoboji prior to that. The tournament will remain a 3-day format in which couples choose to play their two rounds on Friday & Saturday, Friday & Sunday or Saturday & Sunday.

The IGA will once again conduct a full plate of qualifying for USGA Championships in 2017. Spirit Hollow Golf Course will host U.S. Open Local Qualifying in May, Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny will host U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying in June and Finkbine Golf Course will host U.S. Amateur Qualifying in July. Qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be held at Davenport Country Club on Sept. 6.

The IGA shares qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball with the Nebraska Golf Association, rotating sites between the Omaha and Des Moines areas.  2017 marks the IGA’s turn to host and the qualifier will be staged at Echo Valley Country Club in late September.

In addition to those championships and USGA qualifiers already listed, the IGA will conduct events at the following venues – Otter Creek GC (Iowa Cup Matches), Bent Tree GC in Council Bluffs (IGA Four-Ball), Fort Dodge CC (Senior Match Play), Jester Park GC in Granger (Father/Son, Parent/Child), Brown Deer GC (Women’s Four-Ball), Stone Creek GC in Williamsburg (Women’s Forever 39), Coldwater GL in Ames (Iowa Junior Am & Junior Girls’ Am), Elmwood CC (Women’s Club Team), Burlington GC (Iowa Senior Am), Clarinda CC (Senior Women’s Am).

IGA Member Play Days will be scheduled and announced at a later time.

Entries will open all IGA events on March 1.  USGA championship entries open at a later date(s). IGA events and USGA qualifiers not scheduled are listed as TBD on the consolidated schedule link (scroll and click link at bottom for complete schedule of events).

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