Boone | Inducted 2023 | Category: Amateur Golfer
Major Iowa Victories (7):
Lake Creek Amateur – 1979, 1981, 1999
Northwest Amateur – 1982, 1988
Tournament of Champions – 1980
Iowa Mid-Amateur – 1987
Major Iowa Senior Victories (3):
IGA Senior Match Play – 2011
IGA Four-Ball (Senior Division) – 2005
Iowa Masters (Senior Division) – 2014
1979 Iowa Player of the Year
2010, 2011 Iowa Senior Player of the Year
Jim Curell, affectionately known as ‘The Legend’, was a household name on the Iowa golf scene for over 50 years.
Curell, of Boone, who passed away in April of 2020, was described 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 graduated to 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). Curell made an astonishing 18 career hole in ones, including one to end a match against Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Jon Brown in the 2008 IGA Match Play Championship at Lake Panorama.
“For over four decades he set the standard on how to play the game both as a competitor and a gentleman,” Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Dave Sergeant said.
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.
“He will be missed, but never forgotten,” Sergeant said.