Kinney, Elliott, Campbell lead the way in 2019
Des Moines’ Tripp Kinney (pictured above) picked up his first college win at the 2019 NCAA Louisville Regional en route to capturing the 2019 IGA Men’s Player of the Year title.
Kinney played well all season, earning top five finishes at the Colleton River Intercollegiate (T5), the Sunnehanna Amateur (T5) and the 70th Herman Sani (5th). He also finished in a tie for eighth at the Big 12 Championships.
Jon Brown, of Adel, used three victories and a trio of top five finishes to come in second in the standings. His victories came at the 117th Iowa Amateur Championship, the Briarwood Amateur and The Classic 2019. Ankeny’s Jon Olson finished in third place while Johnston’s J.D. Anderson (4th) and Sperry’s Charles Jahn (5th) completed the top five.
Gene Elliott (pictured above) left little to doubt in the 2019 IGA Men’s Senior Player of the Year race. He earned his fourth title overall, and third in the last four years, by more than 800 points over Adel’s Jon Brown.
Elliott earned seven victories in 2019 including the 41st Iowa Senior Amateur Championship, IGA Senior Match Play Championship, 24th IGA Four-Ball Championship (Senior Division – with partner Todd Rose), 70th Herman Sani (Senior Division), Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, the Golfweek Senior Tournament of Champions as well as the medalist at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier (with partner Mike McCoy). Elliott also advanced to the round of 64 at the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Elliott highlighted his summer by earning low amateur honors at the 2019 Senior Open Championship.
Jon Brown had three victories and five top five finishes to come in second in the standings. His victories came at the 117th Iowa Amateur Championship, the Briarwood Amateur and The Classic 2019. Terry Cook, of Norwalk, finished third in the standings with Jay Gregory, of Lineville, and Joe Bates, of Albia, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Albia’s Jim Campbell (pictured above) earned his first IGA Men’s Super Senior Player of the Year title is 2019 following a season that featured four wins and three runner-up finishes. Campbell collected wins at the 41st Iowa Senior Amateur Championship, Fort Dodge Amateur Championship, Carroll Amateur, and 2019 Southeast Iowa Amateur in the Super Senior Divisions.
Campbell’s runner-up Super Senior Division finishes came at the 70th Herman Sani, Waterloo Open and the 24th IGA Four-Ball. Campbell also placed 12th at the 34th Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship (Super Senior Division).
Two-time IGA Super Senior Player of the Year, Rob Christensen, had yet another successful season of golf. He compiled four wins and four top-ten finishes to earn runner-up honors in the standings. Fort Madison’s Jim Butler came in third while Dave Sergeant, of Fort Dodge and Steve Kahler, of Marion, finished in fourth and fifth in the standings.
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