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News Articles on the 112th Iowa Amateur Championship
Iowa Amateur to return to Whispering Creek in Sioux City
SIOUX CITY, IA- Whispering Creek will play host to the 113th Iowa Amateur Championship. The tournament, which will be held July 24-26, is making its second trip to the club in northwest Iowa and the first since 2006. In 2007, Whispering Creek was named Iowa Golf Course of the year and held the IGA Four-Ball Championship in 2009. It is also the home for the golfers of Morningside College in Sioux City.
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.
113th Iowa Amateur
PAR AND YARDAGE:
Front 9 - Par 36
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Whispering Creek GC scorecard
Finkbine was designed by Todd Sapp and Larry Franzen and opened for play in 2000.
WHISPERING CREEK AND THE IOWA GOLF ASSOCIATION:
The 2015 Iowa Amateur will be the third IGA championship for the host club:
The field for the championship will be finalized after the entry deadline of July 16th.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Friday, July 24th: First round, 18 holes
Saturday, July 25th: Second round, 18 holes (field cut to the low 60 and ties after second round)
Sunday, July 26th: Final round, 18 holes - Awards Ceremony following play
PAST CHAMPIONS (last 10):
2014: Nate Dunn
2009: Ben Herrera
2008: Mike Oimoen
2007: Jared Walahoski
2006: Jon Brown
2005: Brian Verduyn
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 five (5).
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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