Long-time Iowa Masters co-director John Nervig passes away

John Nervig stands in front of the venerable Iowa Masters scoreboard, where each player’s hole-by-hole scores are displayed.

The Iowa Golf Association was informed that long-time Iowa Masters co-director and IGA volunteer John Nervig passed away on Friday, April 8th.

Recently featured on the IGA website as part of a feature column written by IGA Foundation board member Mark Gambaiana, Up and Down the Iowa Golf Scene, Nervig is fondly remembered for his service as co-director of the Iowa Masters with fellow Ames native and good friend George Turner. Together, they co-directed the tournament for more than 30 years until Turner’s passing in 2019.

Nervig also served several years as a member of the IGA Board, including President from 1985-87.

One of Nervig’s proudest achievements in his seven decades of involvement in the Iowa golf scene is being named the 2011 recipient of the George Turner Distinguished Service Award by the Iowa Golf Association.

“It was a fantastic honor to receive this award named after my great friend,” the late Nervig said. “All of the friends I have made through my years of volunteering have more than paid me back for the hours I have given.”

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern, Ames, Iowa. Burial will be at Ames Municipal Cemetery at a later date.



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