UPDATE – IGAF Scholar Benefit moved to Davenport CC on Oct 12
The IGA Foundation and Davenport Country Club have come to an agreement to host the 2020 IGA Scholarship Benefit Tournament on Monday, October 12th. The event was originally scheduled to be played Monday, September 14th at Cedar Rapids Country Club, but due to the damage sustained from the Aug 10th derecho weather event, CRCC was not able to host this year. Thankfully, the tournament was able to be moved to another “Top 100 Classic Course” according to Golfweek magazine. Davenport was recently honored as the #89 course in their rankings (CRCC is #80).
The tournament is played with a shamble format (all tee off, take the best drive and then play your own ball in the hole from there), which provides for a great experience for playing one of the state’s top courses. We then count the best two scores made by the team of four on each hole.
Of course the aim of the event is to raise money for the IGA Scholarships (Ann Griffel Scholarship & Herman Sani Scholarship). Each year the IGA Foundation awards $42,000 in scholarship money between the two awards.
Davenport Country Club is a private member-owned club. Founded in 1924, the club features a course designed by renowned golf course architects Harry “Harry” Colt and Charles Hugh Alison, with Alison being the principal architect. The course makes dramatic use of the natural terrain and elevation, with two beautiful creeks coming into play on five holes. From the opening day, the reputation grew quickly, and it soon became known as one of the best courses in the Midwest. The course has always been rated by Golf Digest as one of the best in the state (3rd in the state as of 2019), and the famed 16th hole has twice been awarded national recognition as an “All American Golf Hole” by Sports Illustrated magazine.
In 2014, the golf course underwent renovations to continue the great golf tradition for years to come. The course had undergone several small-scale renovations over its 90-year history. However, the focus of this major renovation delivered by the renowned golf architects, Ron Forse and Jim Nagle of Forse Golf Design, was to restore the course to its original design and playing features. To achieve this, greens needed to be expanded, tees re-positioned and rebuilt to original locations and fairway bunkers brought back into play, among many other tasks. The renovation is now a few years in the past and the course is showing the magnificent outcome of the effort and dedication put in by the team to keep this course one of the best in the state. That work has resulted in a steep rise in the Golfweek Classic Course rankings, moving up to #89 in the latest 2020 list.
We hope you can join us on October 12th and play this wonderful, “Top 100” golf course. Click the link below to sign up as an individual or a full foursome. If signing up as an individual we will team you up for the fun competitions.
Monday, October 12th
Davenport Country Club
25500 Valley Drive
Pleasant Valley, IA 52767
12:00 p.m. Shotgun start
We do require a minimum of 36 participants to host this event. If 35 or less sign up by Monday, October 5th we will cancel and all will be issued full refunds.