Peck wins 2020 edition of ‘The Classic’ at Elmwood CC, sews up POTY honors
Connor Peck (above left), of Ankeny, capped off his exceptional 2020 IGA Player of the Year (POTY) campaign with a victory over the weekend in the third playing of ‘The Classic’ at Elmwood Country Club, in Marshalltown. Peck’s victory sews up the 2020 IGA POTY race, which has been a neck-and-neck footrace between several of the state’s top amateurs.
‘The Classic’ is played under a modified stableford format, in which players earn points per hole based on their score as follows:
- Double Eagle: 12 points
- Eagle: 8 points
- Birdie: 4 points
- Par: 2 points
- Bogey: 1 point
- Double Bogey or worse: 0 points
Peck posted rounds of 44 and 39 points respectively to post a 36-hole total of 83 points, two points clear of defending champion Jon Brown (81 points). Peck carded six birdies and an eagle on his way to the title. Andrew Huseman and Chad Kimmelshue finished in a tie for third place with a two-day total of 79 points.
In addition to his win at ‘The Classic,’ the Ankeny native secured victories at the 32nd IGA Match Play Championship, 24th IGA Four-Ball Championship, and the Briarwood Amateur. Peck also earned top-5 finishes in the 118th Iowa Amateur Championship and the 35th Iowa Mid-Amateur Championship.
In the Senior Division, Bob Brooks put on a nearly flawless performance, posting a two-day total of 81 points to win by seven points. Brooks carded six birdies to offset only three bogies over the course of the weekend, in addition to making 27 pars. Tim McKnight, of Indianola, earned runner-up honors with a 36-hole tally of 74 points. Rounding out the podium was Ottumwa’s Jeff Collett (73 points).