Virginia’s Cole closes with 63, wins 88th Iowa Open

Ryan Cole (top photo), of Glen Allen, Virginia, moved up five spots in the final round to win the 88th Iowa Open at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside. Cole carded rounds of 65, 69 and 63 and won by two shots over Matthew Meneghetti, of Schererville, Indiana. Meneghetti recorded five birdies on his back nine to put himself into contention, but Cole’s 63 was too much to overcome. 

“I just really loved being here,” Cole said. “I had a great time and played some really good golf. I finally broke through at a tournament that I have been coming to for a while. I just really enjoyed everything about this week.”

Marshalltown’s, Kade Brown, took third place after posting 16-under and firing rounds of 66, 65 and 69. There was a three-way tie for fourth place between Barrett Kelpin, Alex Schaake and the low amateur of the week, Nate McCoy (bottom photo). Kelpin, Schaake and McCoy all posted 15-under and Kelpin fired a 64 in his final round. 

McCoy, of Ankeny, was the low amateur by seven shots over Hogan Hansen, of Waverly. After carding rounds of 66, 65 and 70, McCoy earned his third win of the season. 

“I had a blast this week,” McCoy said. “I was pumped to come back and play another state open. It was a lot of fun this week.”

88th Iowa Open
1. Ryan Cole -19
2. Matthew Meneghetti -17
3. Kade Brown -16
T4. Barrett Kelpin -15
T4. Nate McCoy (a) -15
T4. Alex Schaake -15

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