McCoy looks to defend Iowa Amateur title at Sunnyside CC
WATERLOO, IA- This year, the Iowa Amateur is heading back to Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. Mike McCoy will look to defend his 2015 title and win his seventh Iowa Amateur title overall, which would tie Art Bartlett for the most all-time.
At the 2015 Iowa Amateur, McCoy tallied a three-day total of 211 (69-68-75) to tie fellow Iowa Golf Hall of Famer Gene Elliott (71-69-71). McCoy would go on to win on the first playoff hole.
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McCoy wins 113th Iowa Amateur
SIOUX CITY, IA- After three hot days at Whispering Creek in Sioux City, Mike McCoy must now use two hands to count his six Iowa Amateur titles. McCoy defeated Gene Elliott in a sudden death playoff and will be the first new champion inscribed on the Elliott Family Trophy, which was donated by Gene’s parents, Glen and Eileen Elliott, and made it’s debut at Whispering Creek.
Spectators got the show they came to see as McCoy birdied 18 to force the playoff. The 52-year old Insurance Executive rolled in a seven foot putt that traveled nearly all the way around the hole’s edge before dropping. McCoy, of Des Moines, started the day with a three-shot lead but was down a stroke to Elliott as they stepped onto the last tee box.
After the final group members each shot 1-over par on the front, Elliott, 53 years old of West Des Moines, fired a 2-under, 34, to tie McCoy at the top. McCoy bogeyed three of the last five holes (14, 15 & 17) until the crucial birdie on 18 that forced the final twosome to go back to the first tee.
Both players found the fairway with their drives from #1 tee as sudden death began. Their approach shots sat on the fringe of the green, Elliott to the left, and McCoy on the back. Elliott would putt his past the hole approximately 20 feet and miss his par putt. McCoy calmly two-putted for his par and captured his sixth Iowa Amateur Championship.
McCoy’s sixth Iowa Amateur crown is his first since 2010 when he shot 20-under par at Bent Tree in Council Bluffs, an all-time record. His 5-under par total over 54 holes at Whispering Creek included rounds of 69, 68, and 74.
Connor Peck, of Ankeny, and Jeff Swegle, of West Des Moines, each finished just one shot out of the playoff at 4-under 212. Peck, who plays at Kansas, tied the low round of the tournament and captured the low round of the day with a 4-under 68 while Swegle, a sophomore-to-be at Stanford, shot 70.
Elliott was trying to become just the 4th individual to win the IGA Match Play Championship and Iowa Amateur in the same year. Defending champion, Nate Dunn of Cedar Rapids, accomplished the feat a year ago. Dunn finished in 13th in this year’s competition after shooting even, 72, in his final round. The other two were Jon Brown (2006) and Jerry Smith (1986).
Throughout the championship, three competitors made an ace at Whispering Creek. There were two holes-in-one on Sunday, one day after Jim Curell of Boone aced No. 6. Brian Verduyn of Clive, the 2005 champion, scored an ace on the 183-yard 11th while Collin Foster of Clive holed out on No. 17, which was playing 176 yards. Interestingly, Verduyn and Curell witnessed each other’s shots as they played together all three rounds.
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Sunnyside CC course flyovers and information.
Sunnyside CC was designed by Edward Packard and opened for play in 1971.
SUNNYSIDE CC AND THE IOWA GOLF ASSOCIATION:
The 2016 Iowa Amateur will be the third Iowa Amateur championship for the host club. They have also hosted multiple IGA championships over the past decade plus:
The field for the championship will be finalized after the entry deadline of July 7th.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Monday, July 18th: First round, 18 holes
Tuesday, July 19th: Second round, 18 holes (field cut to the low 60 and ties after second round)
Wednesday, July 20th: Final round, 18 holes - Awards Ceremony following play
PAST CHAMPIONS (last 10):
2015: Mike McCoy
2009: Ben Herrera
2008: Mike Oimoen
2007: Jared Walahoski
2006: Jon Brown
Mike McCoy holds the record for lowest score relative to par (-20) in an Iowa Amateur, established in 2010 at Bent Tree GC in Council Bluffs.
Art Bartlett holds the record for most Iowa Amateur victories with seven (7) - McCoy is second with six (6).
Rod Bliss Jr and Rod Bliss III are the only Father-Son combo to each win the Iowa Amateur
John Jacobs and Bob McKee are the only players with titles in three different decades
Jack Webb defeated brother Don Webb in the 1949 Iowa Amateur Championship Match
The Iowa Amateur switched from Match Play to Stroke Play in 1960
The Iowa Amateur was not held from 1943-1945 due to World War II.
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