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News Articles on the 112th Iowa Amateur Championship
Dunn wins his second Iowa Amateur Championship
Nate Dunn is the first player since Jon Brown in 2006 to win the IGA Match Play and Iowa Amateur Championship in the same year. He made a 2 1/2 foot par putt on the second playoff hole (#2) at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City to defeat George Qian and capture his second Iowa Amateur Championship. Dunn's first Iowa Amateur win came in 2004 at Crow Valley Golf Club in the Quad cities.
The 38-year old from Cedar Rapids joins Brown (2006) and Jerry Smith (1986) as the only players to win the Iowa Amateur and IGA Match Play Championships in the same year.
Dunn and Qian, who is 19 years old and plays collegiately at Carnegie Melon, finished with a 2-under-par total of 214 over the 54-hole championship. In addition to the pressure of the final round of the state's most prestigous amateur championship, a strong northwest wind gave the players extra to think about. Sustained winds near 30 mph made players think twice about club and shot selection throughout Sunday. The champion posted a 3-over-par 75 in the difficult conditions to earn his way to the playoff with overnight leader Qian. Qian, of Bettendort, posted a final round 76.
Dunn opened the championship with a scintilating first nine 29 on Friday evening. But because of a late start due to thunderstorms, he was forced to stop after 11 holes due to darkness. He was unable to keep his momentum Saturday morning and ended up posting a 3-under-par 69, without a nine in the 30s. It really was a tale of two nines for the champion throughout the week. He played the front nine holes in a total of 10-under-par and the back nine holes in 8-over-par.
Qian got off to a rough start in the final round, making bogeys at the second, third, fourth and sixth holes. But a nice birdie at the ninth got him settled and his lone blemish over the final nine holes was a bogey at 11. And then he nearly won the championship with a birdie on 18. He hit a tremendous drive and then wedged it to about 15 feet, but his up hill birdie putt stopped just on the edge of the hole, leaving him a tap-in and a spot in the playoff.
Heading into the day Qian held a one-shot lead over Dunn and Joe Palmer. Palmer struck early with a birdie at the third, but then he lost his second shot over the green on number five and that led to a double bogey. Then 51-year old from West Des Moines showed his veteran poise by continuing to grind and hang around the lead. His second shot on 18, which he needed to make to get into the playoff, came up just four feet short of the hole. He made the simple, up hill putt for for birdie to finish at 1-under-215.
Palmer finished tied for third with Davis Sutton and Grant Smith, just one shot out of the playoff. Sutton, of Cedar Rapids, was very steady in the breezy conditions, but could not get a birdie putt to drop. He made three bogeys and 15 pars en route to his final round 75. Smith, who resides in Johnston, might be left wondering what could have been had it not been for a rough stretch through 12 and 13. He made a bogey at 12 and then double at 13 as he posted a final round 74, one of the best rounds of the day.
Dustin Drenth, of Davenport, who started the day three back, made a serious run early on in the final round. He made birdies at 2, 3, 5 and 6 to vault to -7 and take as much as a three shot lead. But then his game began to let him down as he made eight bogeys and four pars over the final 12 holes to finish at 1-over-par 217 and alone in sixth.
The weather on Friday morning sent a ripple through the first two rounds of play. Rain and lightning forced a four-hour delay to the start of the first round, which forced nearly all of the afternoon wave to come back Saturday morning to finish. Due to the Saturday finish of round 1, tee times were delayed two hours for round two, meaning the last groups played their final holes with fading light.
Strong field set to compete at Finkbine in 112th Iowa Amateur
The 112th Iowa Amateur Championship will return to Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City for a fifth time after an 18 year hiatus. The tournament will be held July 25-27 and is host to a strong field once again, containing eight former champions.
Finkbine opened in 1953 and was designed by Robert Bruce Harris. It features many challenges including: a heavily tree lined layout, thick and challenging rough, quick greens that include subtle and sometimes severe elevation changes as well as large bunkers. The course is home to the University of Iowa men's and women's golf teams. - click to read more...
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Elliott wins third Iowa Amateur
Unconventional move bolsters Gene Elliott's Iowa Amateur title
Gene Elliott won his third Iowa Amateur title on Sunday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Elliott, of West Des Moines, posted a 54-hole total of 3-under 210 to finish one stroke ahead of Dane Worley of Cedar Rapids. Elliott also won the Iowa Amateur in 2000 and 2011.
Worley came into the final round with a two stroke lead but a few early bogeys brought him back to the field. Elliott, meanwhile, played steady over the front nine. He posted 1-under par to make the turn with a one stroke lead. Both players made bogey on 10 and Worley followed with another bogey on 11, giving Elliott a two stroke lead. A birdie at 12 got Worley back to within a stroke but he was only able to match Elliott on the remaining six holes, finishing one shot shy.
Tanner Kesterson finished in third on the strength of his championship best 6-under 65 in the final round. Kesterson, who plays collegiately at Oklahoma State and lives in Fort Dodge in the summers, had seven birdies and a bogey in his first 9 holes on Sunday. He turned in 30 and then played even par on the back nine, finishing two strokes behind Elliott.
The Scottish-inspired links at Coldwater proved to be an ample test for the 155 players that teed it up to start play Friday. The fairways were firm and fast, greens slick and the winds blew, making scoring difficult for the field.
112th Iowa Amateur
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Finkbine was designed by Robert Bruce Harris and opened for play in 1953.
FINKBINE AND THE IOWA GOLF ASSOCIATION:
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The IGA has accepted a full field of 156 entrants into the 112th Iowa Amateur. Click the links on the left of this webpage to see results and pairings.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Friday, July 25th: First round, 18 holes
Saturday, July 26th: Second round, 18 holes (field cut to the low 60 and ties after second round)
Sunday, July 27th: Final round, 18 holes - Awards Ceremony following play
2013: Gene Elliott
2009: Ben Herrera
2008: Mike Oimoen
2007: Jared Walahoski
2006: Jon Brown
2005: Brian Verduyn
2004: Nate Dunn
2003: Scott Hart
2002: Bo Anderson
2001: Bo Anderson
2000: Gene Elliott
1999: Matt Gatchel
1998: Mike McCoy
1997: Chris Emanuel
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).
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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