Thompson takes The Classic after six hole playoff, Peterson & Gaer notch wins

North Liberty’s Coby Thompson (right) claimed victory at the The Classic, held at Elmwood Country Club following six hole playoff with Cedar Fall’s Luke Meyer. The 36-hole tournament was played with Modified Stableford scoring. Both Thompson and Meyer were challenged through the opening round with totals of 33 and 35 points. Meyer finished the first round ten points behind the leader, Gilman’s Cody Weaver (43), with Thompson only slightly better at eight points back.

But terrific final rounds with totals of 48 and 46, respectively, for Meyer and Thompson, more than closed the gap. Meyer and Thompson both finished with 81 points, four points ahead of Dustin Atkinson, of Marion, in third place.

In the Senior Division, Ron Peterson, of Urbandale, eked out a one point win over Adele’s Jon Brown with 72 points. A six-point lead after a first round 41 gave Peterson a comfortable cushion for his final round. Des Moines’ Tony Newkirk finished third with 69 points.

Dave Gaer, of Des Moines, held on to prevent Marshalltown’s Rob Christensen from defending his title in the Super Senior Division. Gaer’s 69 point finish was largely thanks to a strong opening round 41, enough to compensate for a lackluster final day 28. Gaer won totaled 69 points with Christensen on his heels with 68 points and Marshalltown’s Pat Ryan and Cedar Fall’s Sam Aoessy tied for third with 63 points.

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