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Cyclones move on to NCAA Finals, Hawkeyes season ends at Regionals

A school record performance propelled Iowa State to just it’s second NCAA golf finals appearance since 1950 on Wednesday.  The Cyclone men put together a stunning 21-under-par 263 at the UT Golf Club in Austin, Texas to finish in 3rd and claim one of the five qualifying spots into the finals.  The team was led by senior Nick Voke, who lit up UT Golf Club with a school record and course record 10-under 61 during the final round.

Voke’s course record performance also earned him medalist honors at the regional.  He is the first Cyclone golfer ever to accomplish that feat.  The win also gives him five for his career, which is the most ever at Iowa State.  His 61 included 8 birdies, 1 eagle and no bogeys.

In the final round alone, Iowa State counted Voke’s 61, Ruben Sondjaja’s 66, and Denzel Ieremia & Tripp Kinney’s 68s.  Sam Vincent shot a 1-over 72.  Sondjaja finished T10 individually.

The Iowa Hawkeye men were playing in the regional in Baton Rouge, LA but were unable to mount the charge needed to make the NCAA finals.  They finished in a tie for 10th and were led by Carson Schaake, who place T35 individually.

Iowa State now advance to the finals held at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago.  The championship will be contested May 26-31.  The first three days are traditional team stroke play to determine the low 8 teams that will move on to team match play.  The Cyclones last made the NCAA finals in 2014 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchison, Kansas.

IGA to launch Super Senior Player of the Year in 2017

The Iowa Golf Association Board of Directors recently approved a recommendation from the Rules & Competitions Committee to begin a Men’s IGA Super Senior Player of the Year award.  The award will go to the top point-earner age 65 and older in a series of IGA events, USGA events and Additional Point Events and will be launched in 2017.

Discussion of starting a Super Senior Player of the Year award began in 2015, after the IGA had record participation in the super senior division of the Iowa Senior Amateur.  It continued again in 2016 and so discussion became serious as a super senior division could be a potential source of growth for point events that need it.

“Our committee looked hard at the numbers and discussed the potential for a Super Senior Player of the Year award for the past two years,” said IGA Executive Director Chad Pitts.  “We discussed it with our various point events and ultimately determined to go forward with it in 2017.”

A few sanctioned point events have already committed to a Super Senior Division while others plan to make that decision within the next few weeks.

“It will be a fairly simple system, modeled closely to our other Player of the Year systems,” added Pitts.  “It will also be a bit of a fluid system early in the year as we figure out which of our additional sanctioned point events wish to offer this division.”

You can view the complete Super Senior Player of the Year Point System here.

Points will be calculated and posted to the IGA Player of the Year Standings page here.

See Tommy’s Honour movie at Fleur Cinema

The Iowa Golf Association is pleased to extend a special invitation for you to view the new film Tommy’s Honour. The Fleur Cinema is exclusively exhibiting the movie in Des Moines. This will be a great chance to spend time with fellow golf-lovers at The Fleur Cinema taking in this remarkable new film about the creation of modern golf. Show times through April 20 can be found here:

Set in Scotland in the early days of the game, Tommy’s Honour tells the moving true story of the conflicted relationship between legendary father-son golfers “Old” Tom Morris and “Young” Tom Morris. The two men’s innovations in caddying, play, course design, groundskeeping, and ball- and club-making helped birth the modern game of golf.

While Old Tom helped found The Open Championship in 1860, it wasn’t long before Young Tom’s accomplishments began to outshine his father’s. Tommy’s fiery personality ultimately led him to rebel, first against the stodgy aristocracy that dominated the game (starting with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) and then against the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his wife. You can view a trailer for the film:

As some of you may be aware, the owners of The Fleur Cinema also own Echo Valley Country Club, host site of the 2017 Herman Sani Tournament and a major supporter of the Sani Scholarship and the IGA’s work across the state.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to enjoy a wonderful filmic depiction of key figures in the development of the game with other golf lovers, exclusively at The Fleur Cinema. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors or children.

Entries now open for 2017 U.S. Open Championship, Senior Open, Women’s Open

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The U.S. Open Local Qualifier will be held in Burlington at Spirit Hollow Golf Course on May 15.

There is not a qualifier for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open or U.S. Women’s Open in Iowa.

Click here to find qualifying sites/dates, enter any of the three championships and to view application deadlines from the USGA.

PGA Tour Ruling Video – Fairly Taking your Stance

Check out this video with Stewart Cink from this weekend’s Honda Classic.  Stewart, properly, wants to make sure he is “fairly taking his stance” in the hazard.  It’s a great lesson on what to be aware of if you ever encounter this situation.

Read more about “fairly taking your stance” in Decision 13-2/1.

2017 IGA Four-Ball Host Hotel

The IGA has set up a room block at the Country Inn & Suites in Council Bluffs for those competing in the 2017 IGA Four-Ball Championship at Bent Tree Golf Club.  The Country Inn is conveniently located next to the Horseshoe Casino near the Mid-America Center.

A block of rooms has been reserved for May 25 – May 27, 2017.  The special room rate of $99 will be available until April 25th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

17 Arena Way
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
If phoning in to reserve, please tell them “IGA Men’s Four-Ball”.

Click here to go to the online booking site.

2017 Iowa Amateur Host Hotel

The IGA has set up a room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids for those competing in the 2017 Iowa Amateur Championship at Cedar Rapids Country Club.

A block of rooms has been reserved for July 23 – July 26, 2017.  The special room rate of $99 will be available until July 9th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

1130 Park Place NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
If phoning in to reserve, please tell them “2017 Iowa Amateur Golf Championship”.

Click here to go to the online booking site.

IGA Members – Enter the Sand Valley Sweepstakes

Global Golf Post, the world’s leading weekly golf magazine, is proudly partnering with the Iowa Golf Association to offer this trip exclusively to an IGA member to Sand Valley Golf Resort. Global Golf Post provides the latest golf news and insightful commentary. And it will be delivered free to all contest entrants. However you must be an IGA member to be eligible!

Playing the highly acclaimed and brand new Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin will be a real treat for our winner and a friend. The buddy trip for two includes two rounds of golf per person, caddie fees are covered, shared accommodations for one night at The Fairway Lodge, and breakfast and lunch.

Not an IGA Member?
If you are not an IGA member currently don’t worry, visit to join online today and enter the sweepstakes!


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.

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