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View stories by Matt Levins of the Burlington Hawkeye
Jon on the spot
Setting up the duel
Local contigent hopes to be a factor
The battle for the crown
Juffer forced to withdraw
Mike is the real McCoy
Elliott is still a contender
A year later, Olson is Iowa Amateur Champion
Jon Olson led heading into the final round of last year's Iowa Amateur Championship but lost in a playoff to Gene Elliott. This year, he made certain he wouldn't suffer the same fate.
Olson, trailing by a stroke to Josh Black of Oelwein heading into the final round, tied the competitive course record at Spirit Hollow with a 64 on Sunday. That gave the Ankeny resident an eight shot win. His round was highlighted by a hole out for eagle on the par-4 9th hole.
In addition to his eagle Olson made six birdies and no bogeys during his record-tying round. He had a 20 foot eagle putt on the last hole to set the record but burned the edge and simply tapped in for a birdie and the easy win. It was the first Iowa Amateur title for Olson, who was the 2011 Iowa Mid-Amateur and 2011 IGA Match Play champion.
Black fired a final round 73 to finish as the runner-up, while defending champion Elliott posted a 69 to finish in third. Five-time Iowa Amateur champion Mike McCoy ended up in fourth after a 68 on Sunday.
Eagle spurs Olson's Iowa Amateur win
Black has one stroke lead over Olson heading into final round
Josh Black followed up his opening round 69 with a two-under par 70 Saturday at Spirit Hollow Golf Club and leads the Iowa Amateur. Jon Olson shot a championship low 68 in round two to come within a stroke of Black and join him in the final pairing on Sunday.
Black, from Oelwein, once again had five birdies over his 18 holes, just like in round one, but had one more bogey in round two. Olson, after making a bogey on his first hole of round two, birdied three of the next four and was off and running. All told, he carded six birdies against two bogeys.
Connor Peck of Ankeny tied Olson's 68 for the low round of the championship after posting a 78 in round one. He sits seven shots out heading into Sunday.
Black leads after opening 69
Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington was setup at over 7,000 yards for the 154 competitors that started play and Black is one of the longer hitters on the Iowa amateur circuit. He took advantage of the par 5's, making birdie on three of the four.
Lurking close behind is Jon Olson of Ankeny, who won the IGA Match Play at Spirit Hollow in 2011, defending champion Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, and 2006 champion Jon Brown of Urbandale and 5-time champion Mike McCoy of West Des Moines. Olson shot an even par 72 while Elliott, Brown and McCoy each posted 1-over 73.
110th Iowa Amateur
PAR AND YARDAGE:
Rounds 1 & 2:
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Spirit Hollow GC scorecard
The Spirit Hollow golf course was designed by Rick Jacobson and opened for play in 2000. Jacobson has designed or renovated numerous courses around the globe, including many in China.
SPIRIT HOLLOW AND THE IOWA GOLF ASSOCIATION:
Spirit Hollow has hosted nine IGA Championships, IWGA Championships or USGA qualifying events since 2002, including:
Iowa Amateur (2002)
Iowa Senior Amateur (2009)
U.S. Amateur (2004, 2007)
The IGA has accepted 159 entrants into the 110th Iowa Amateur. The IGA will accept withdrawals without replacing an entrant until the field reaches 156 players. If the field falls below 156 the IGA will replace players with those on a waiting list to bring the field size back to 156. Pairings will be released on Friday, July 20th.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY:
Friday, July 27th: First round, 18 holes
Saturday, July 28th: Second round, 18 holes (field cut to the low 60 and ties after second round)
Sunday, July 29th: Final round, 18 holes - Awards Ceremony following play
2011: 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
1996: Mike McCoy
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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