McCoy wins by 9 at Carroll Am, Panek captures Senior Division
Nate McCoy (above), of Ankeny, left little doubt when the dust had settled at the 2019 Carroll Amateur. McCoy, who regained his amateur status last fall, pulled away late in the third round from runner-up Scot Cook, of Van Meter, and the field to win by nine at Carroll Country Club.
“The course was in great shape,” McCoy commented. “The rough was thick, greens were fast and the course was firm. I enjoyed the personal challenge of trying to play each hole. The biggest factor to navigate was the wind. As the day went on (on Sunday) the greens got firmer and firmer which made it very difficult to get it close to the hole.”
McCoy, who posted rounds of 68-70-72 (-3), led from start to finish with the help of 11 birdies and an eagle. Cook, who mounted a valiant effort in pursuit of McCoy, finished with rounds of 70-72-77 (+6) to earn runner-up honors three shots clear of Carroll’s Kyler Ludwig.
“Scot drove it well,” McCoy said “He put a lot of pressure on me coming in. It was a joy to play and I hope to come back next year.”
Johnston’s Jeff Panek captured the Senior Division by one shot over Ron Peterson, of Urbandale. Panek, a newly minted senior player, fired rounds of 70-75 (+3) that included a total of seven birdies.