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Stroke play qualifying, opening round matches complete at Women’s Forever 39

The Iowa Women’s Forever 39 Match Play Championship at Hillcrest Country Club in Adel began Monday with a round of stroke play qualifying. Fiona Watson found her stride and went low to post a 3-under 33 to earn medalist honors.

Watson continued to play well and knocked off Robin Webb, 4&3, in the first round of the Championship Flight bracket. Laura Leszczynski defeated Jeanette Fredericksen, 3&2, and will play Watson in round two of the match play series. Leanne Smith and Rosalie Kubesheski will also face off after advancing from their round one matches.

In the First Flight bracket, the No. 1 seed, Noreen Christians took down Mary Nelson, 4&3. Christians will play Margene Grady in round two after Grady defeated Michelle Klein in 10 holes. Ann Slechta and Sue Harmon will advance to the second round of the championship.

In the Second Flight bracket, the No. 1 seeded Nancy Olberding knocked off Susan Mitchell in 10 holes and will play Lora Winter in round two. Jan Sewright defeated Donna Vroom, 4&2, and will face off against the No. 3 seed Carroll Dethrow in the second round.

The Third Flight bracket featured No. 1 seed Cathy West, who had a bye in round one, and the No. 2 seeded Jane Suiter defeated Sue Lambert 2&1. Suiter will now face Ardrae Parmenter and West will face off against Nancy Lorenzini.

The second and third round will take place tomorrow and you can follow our live scoring by clicking here.


Championship Flight Advancing:
Fiona Watson
Laura Leszczynski
Leanne Smith
Rosalie Kubesheski

First Flight Advancing:
Noreen Christians
Margene Grady
Ann Slechta
Sue Harmon

Second Flight Advancing:
Nancy Olberding
Lora Winter
Jan Sewright
Carroll Dethrow

Third Flight Advancing:
Cathy West
Nancy Lorenzini
Jane Suiter
Ardrae Parmenter


2020 IGA Annual Awards Banquet Recap

The 2020 IGA Annual Awards Banquet took place Friday, March 26, at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. It was an enjoyable night with several deserving honorees and award winners in various categories being celebrated for their efforts.

View photos from the 2020 IGA Annual Awards Banquet

The following individuals and courses were honored –

PGA Pro of the Year – Adam Coates, Spencer Golf & Country Club

Club Manager of the Year – Sheryl Dusenberry, Atlantic Golf & Country Club

9-Hole Superintendent – Jeremy Amosson, Veterans Memorial Golf Club

18-Hole Superintendent – Caleb Swanson, Briarwood Golf Club

9-Hole Course of the Year – Hillcrest Country Club

18-Hole Course of the Year – Hyperion Field Club

George Turner Distinguished Service Award – Jim Carney, Des Moines

Sean Flanders Volunteer of the Year Award – Jon Brown, Adel

View acceptance speech video from each of the award winners

Player of the Year – Connor Peck, Ankeny (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Senior Player of the Year – Joe Palmer, Norwalk (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Super Senior Player of the Year – Rick Gorbell, Cedar Falls (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Read more about the Men’s Players of the Year

Women’s Player of the Year – Leanne Smith, Indianola (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Senior Women’s Player of the Year – Rose Kubesheski, Dubuque (View video)

Read more about the Women’s Players of the Year

Junior Girls’ Player of the Year – Rylee Heryford, Newton (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Junior Boys’ Player of the Year – Cale Leonard, Ottumwa (View video) (View acceptance speech)

Read more about the Junior Players of the Year

2021 Boatwright Internship Opportunities with the IGA

The Iowa Golf Association (IGA) is excited to offer three (3) P.J. Boatwright Internships in 2021 – Championship Administration, Handicapping & Course Rating and Marketing & Communications. Each internship will be for four months. Working under the direction of the IGA Executive Director and senior staff, the interns will learn about all aspects of amateur golf administration.

Individuals are more than welcome to apply for multiple internship positions – If doing so, please make sure to fill out each application (available below). If you do apply for multiple internships, the IGA will reach to you for your preferred choice.

The IGA is an Allied Golf Association (AGA) of the USGA and is the governing body for golf in the state of Iowa.  It 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. Internship Program. P.J. Boatwright (pictured above), the USGA’s third executive director, played a pivotal role in both the USGA and golf in the U.S. 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. At the IGA, Chad Pitts, Katelynn Hogenson, Nate McCoy and Clint Brown are all former Boatwright interns.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 8th or until position(s) are filled (whichever is later).

Click the links below to view the 2021 Intern job description and instructions for applying.

– Championship Administration Intern

– Handicap & Course Rating Intern

– Marketing & Communications Intern

IGAF, ISPGA join forces to promote 2021 Iowa PGA Golf Pass

Teaming back up – The Iowa Golf Association Foundation and Iowa PGA Section are joining forces again for 2021 to offer the the Iowa PGA Golf Pass! Be sure to use coupon code ‘iowagolf’ to save $10 on your purchase.

The pass is now available as a printed booklet or electronic version 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! Remember, that each Golf Pass offer is only valid for the individual Golf Pass holder. One Golf Pass is not valid for everyone in the group. The golf facilities included in the Golf Pass are only required to honor their deals to individuals that present a valid Iowa PGA Golf Pass.

Once you purchase your Iowa PGA Golf Pass (printed booklet), we will immediately send it to you via United States Postal Service and shipping and handling is free. If you purchase the electronic version, you will receive an email with login credentials that will provide you with an online account where you can redeem your offers by printing via computer or redeeming with your mobile smartphone or tablet. If you are a returning Electronic Golf Pass user from last year, please note that all accounts have been reset and you need to create a new account for 2021. Both versions include the same deals. However, the online version may included time sensitive deals that may not have been offered when the printed booklet was published.

Click here to purchase the 2021 Iowa PGA Golf Pass today!
(Don’t forget to use coupon code ‘iowagolf’)

Reminder – The Iowa PGA office can no longer accept orders over the phone. You can also place orders by printing off and mailing in the order form on this page with a check made out to the Iowa PGA Section.

Ames’ Snyder shines in college debut

It didn’t take long for Ames’ Britta Snyder to feel right at home in college golf. But then again, she’s no stranger to competing on the biggest of stages. The Baylor freshman made her college debut this week at the Schooner Fall Classic where she finished in a tie for third, at -1, 209.  Her tournament rounds of 67, 70, 72, which saw her amass 13 birdies and an eagle, helped Baylor capture their first team title of the season.

Snyder is continuing her strong play from the summer where she won her fourth AJGA title, at the D.A. Points Junior Open and finished runner-up at the AJGA Gateway First Bank Tulsa Junior. She was also slated to compete in her third USGA Women’s Amateur Four-Ball this spring, before the tournament was cancelled due to precautions surrounding COVID-19.

Baylor’s 54-hole score of -7, 833 set a new school record and set the tone for the remainder of the season. They compete next at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, October 10-11, at the University of Texas Golf Club.

Youth on Course – Opening Doors, Changing Lives (Rebrand)

Youth on Course recently reached a milestone of over 1,000,000 rounds of golf played!

Click here to watch the congratulatory video featuring Stephen Curry, Tom Watson, Annika Sorenstam and many more.


Youth on Course has been rebranded with a new logo and slogan, but the same great mission.


We’re proud to share with you a renewed visual identity for Youth on Course, one which is vibrant yet approachable and aligns with our commitment to transforming the lives of young people through golf.

At the forefront of our brand’s re-emergence is the symbol of the flagstick.

Our flagstick symbolizes what’s possible with opportunity, confidence and the support of a network behind our members at every turn. It serves as a beacon of hope, a connector to our members’ goals and a symbol of our community.  …click to read more

Olson etches name in history at NW Am

Jon Olson held off a couple of out of state players to win his first Northwest Amateur title on Sunday.  Olson, 40, of Ankeny, shot two rounds of 1-under-par 71 during Sunday’s 36-hole trek around Spencer Golf & Country Club to earn a three shot victory over Brett Benson of Bird Island, MN.  Lucas Schaefebauer of Aberdeen, SD finished in solo third, four shots back of Olson.

The win places Olson in esteemed company amongst some of the greatest to ever play the “Iowa Circuit”.  In Rick Brown’s recent book on the history of golf in Iowa, he identifies “Iowa’s Big Five” tournaments, which includes the Iowa Amateur, Northwest Amateur, Iowa Open, Iowa Masters and the Herman Sani Tournament.  Olson’s win on Sunday gives him titles in four of the five events, joining just six other players to ever accomplish the feat – Jon Brown, Gene Elliott, John Leichty, Mike McCoy, Brad Schuchat, & Steve Spray.  Only the Iowa Masters crown has evaded Olson to this point.  No player has won all five. 

Up by three shots heading into the final round, Olson did not get off to a great start, which was the exact opposite of Benson, his closest pursuer.  Olson made a bogey on his first hole of the final round and then made a double bogey on 3 before coming back with a birdie at four.  Meanwhile Benson was making birdie on three of his first four holes.  That stretch flipped the lead as Olson went from three up to start the afternoon round to two back.  

After that double bogey on three, Olson simply played smart, steady golf.  In addition to the birdie at four, he carded a birdie at 7 to tie Benson heading into the final nine holes.  Schaefbauer, who was three back after three rounds, posted 1 birdie and 8 pars to get within one of the two leaders thru 63 holes.  Olson’s final nine holes were simply better than that of Benson and Shaefbauer.  He shot a 2-under 34 while the others could each muster a 37, giving Olson the final cushion. 

On the Senior side, Chris Kramer of West Des Moines was the champion, shooting rounds of 66-71 to finish six shots clear of Brian Verduyn of Polk City.  Bret Taylor of Booneville finished in solo third.  

The Senior competition of the Northwest Amateur is complete after 36 holes. 

Kramer’s 66 on day one did not include a bogey.  Over the two rounds he managed nine birdies and just two bogeys.  Verduyn and Taylor both posted a 66 in their second rounds to make the move up the leaderboard. 

You can view complete results here.


Snyder competes at Women’s Western Amateur

Ames’ Britta Snyder is competing this week at the 120th Women’s Western Amateur, held at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, IL.

Snyder made the 32-player cut to match play after firing rounds of 72-76 in stroke play.  She earned the 25th seed.  In her first round match she defeated Brianne Bolden of Makena, IL on the 21st hole.

In her second round match, Snyder fell to 24 seed Brigitte Thibault 2&1.

Follow the action here.


About the Women’s Western Amateur

Held without interruption since its inception in 1901, the Women’s Western Amateur is among the oldest annual championships in women’s amateur golf. Each year, it attracts many of the top amateur and collegiate golfers in the world.

The field is limited to 120 players. The list of past champions spans more than a century, from legendary stars Patty Berg (1938) and Louise Suggs (1946, 1947) to modern standouts like Brittany Lang (2003), Stacy Lewis (2006) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2012).

The competition begins with 18 holes of stroke play. After a second 18 holes of stroke play, the field is cut to the low 32 players for match play. The match play qualifiers are seeded in a single-elimination bracket to determine the Women’s Western Amateur champion.

Snyder scaling the leaderboard at professional event

2017 Iowa Women’s Amateur Champion Britta Snyder is one of five amateurs competing in the international field of professionals at the Hurricane Creek Open in Anna, Texas, an event on the WAPT (Women’s All Pro Tour). Snyder, 18 year old Ames Resident, is a recent graduate of Gilbert High School and Baylor University commit.

The event features 81 professionals including 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Brittany Lang, 2-time U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion Kristen Gillman, 2019 NCAA Individual National Champion Maria Fassi, and other highly decorated professionals.  Snyder has done more than hold her own in the world class field, as she made the cut and sits T-7 heading into today’s final round after rounds of 75, 73, and 71.

Snyder  is set to tee off Friday morning at 9:10 a.m. (CST). Click here to follow the leaderboard during Friday’s final round.

Boone’s Jim Curell passes away

Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home in Boone will be live streaming Jim Curell’s service on Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. This can be viewed from their Facebook Page at


Jim Curell, 67, of Boone, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 19, 2020. Curell, affectionately known as ‘The Legend’, was a household name on the Iowa golf scene for over 50 years.

Curell was described recently by Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Rick Brown as being a gentleman golfer in the truest sense of the word.  He had a homemade swing that produced outstanding results.  He was  a three-time winner of the Lake Creek Amateur (1979, 1981, 1999), twice a champion at the Northwest Amateur ((1982, 1988) and low amateur at the Iowa Open (1992). Curell also was victorious at the 1980 Tournament of Champions and 1987 Iowa Mid-Amateur. Curell earned IGA Player of the Year honors in 1979.

Once Curell entered the Senior Division, he was still a force to be reckoned with – winning the 2005 IGA Four-Ball Senior Division with partner Bruce Gervais, 2011 Senior Match Play and was the 2014 Iowa Masters Senior Division champion. Curell was the IGA Senior Player of the Year in 2010 & 2011 and twice qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur (2010, 2011).

In addition to his wonderful playing record, Curell gave back to the game that had given him so much.  Upon his retirement from Redeker’s Furniture in Boone, he began helping maintain the grounds at his home course, Honey Creek.  He also served in a volunteer capacity on the committee that administers the Iowa Masters at Veenker each year.

Curell will be remembered by all golfers as having a true passion for the game of golf and as one of the most respected players to play on the IGA circuit. Our sympathies go out to Curell’s wife, Kim; sons, Andy and Ryan and grandchildren, Alex, Josie, & Will.

A small, private service will be held for family on Friday, April 24, at Schroeder-Stark-Welin in Boone. A memorial celebration of Jim’s life will be announced for a later date this summer. Memorials may be made to the family and will be used to memorialize Jim with a stone bench to be placed at Honey Creek. You can view Curell’s obituary by clicking here.

We encourage you to share your favorite memories of “The Legend” in the comments section below.  We will share these memories with Kim and all of Jim’s family. 

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