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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
PAR AND YARDAGE:
Front 9 - Par 36
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Finkbine GC scorecard
Finkbine was designed by Robert Bruce Harris and opened for play in 1953.
FINKBINE AND THE IOWA GOLF ASSOCIATION:
Finkbine has hosted multiple IGA Championships including:
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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