114th Iowa Amateur Championship

July 18-20, 2016 - Sunnyside Country Club - Waterloo


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Sunnyside Country Club was originally established in 1919, located on Newell Street in Waterloo, IA. Membership grew steadily, and in 1967 the Board of Governors announced the go-ahead for a new clubhouse, Olympic-size pool, two hard surface tennis courts, and the 18-hole championship golf course to be built. In 1970 Sunnyside Country Club moved to its present day location at 1600 Olympic Drive.

In June of 2007, Sunnyside faced a challenge and an opportunity to “start from scratch” and make significant upgrades to the facility during a remodel. Sunnyside celebrated it’s Grand Re-Opening on July 4th 2008, and its members are now enjoying all of the amen-ities and features of the newly renovated clubhouse.





Nate Dunn wins
114th Iowa Amateur,
collects third title overall

WATERLOO, Iowa – Nate Dunn has reclaimed his title as Iowa Amateur Champion, his third overall. Dunn, a Cedar Rapids resident, fired rounds of four-under, 68 and even-par, 72 to hoist the Elliott Family Iowa Amateur Trophy at Sunnyside Country Club.

The 114th Iowa Amateur Championship was played under soggy conditions in Waterloo. After being hit with severe weather and heavy rain in Tuesday’s second round, the tournament was shortened to 36-holes. Dunn did not let the altered playing conditions affect his game.

“I was trying to get a feel for the golf course after the rain,” Dunn said. “I really tried to keep the ball in front of me.”

Dunn had plenty of company atop the leader board. Eight golfers finished within five-strokes of Dunn’s 140 winning tally. Cody Holck, who played alongside Dunn in the final group, never let Dunn get comfortable by continuing to stay aggressive off the tee.

“I didn’t hit a lot of drivers today, but playing with these young kids is fun,” Dunn said. “Cody hit driver all day long and it was fun to watch.”

Holck also carded a four-under, 68 in the first round of the tournament. Dunn had his game on cruise control, moving his number to eight-under with just seven holes to play in the final round. Holck would capitalize on a pair of Dunn mistakes, cutting his lead to just one stroke with a birdie on the 13th hole. Holck, of Ankeny, would go on to bogey two of the next three holes to fall back to three-strokes off the lead heading to the 18th-tee.

Dunn held a two-stroke lead over West Des Moines’ Broc Everett when he stepped up to hit his final tee shot, and a three-shot advantage on Holck. Everett had birdied that hole just 15-minutes prior, and held the clubhouse lead with a three-under, 141 (70-71.) However, Dunn was unaware of where he stood when he hit that shot.

“I had no idea where I was, I didn’t want to,” Dunn said. “I tried to stay aggressive when I could and make pars when I needed to… I didn’t look at the scoreboard until 18.”

With their second shots, Holck found the green but had a lengthy birdie attempt. Dunn came up well short of the putting surface, but only needed to put the ball on the green and two-putt to win the tournament.

Holck made things interesting when his birdie attempt found the bottom of the cup to tie Everett’s mark of 141 (68-73), but it had no effect on Dunn. After chipping the ball to 10-feet, Dunn calmly two-putted and walked off the green as the 2016 Iowa Amateur Champion.

Many household names had good showings at the State Amateur Championship. IGA Match Play Champion Dusty Drenth finished tied for fourth (69-73) with Northern Iowa’s Marshal Lamb (68-74) at two-under, 142. Mike McCoy, who was the defending Iowa Amateur Champion, finished tied for sixth (69-74) with All-Big 10 athlete Mathew Walker (74-69) with a one-under, 143.


Trio sits atop 114th Iowa Amateur
leaderboard at Sunnyside CC

A trio of players are tied atop the leaderboard at the 114th Iowa Amateur being contested at Waterloo’s Sunnyside Country Club.

Cody Holck (Ankeny), Marshal Lamb (Bettendorf) and Nate Dunn (Cedar Rapids) all posted strong rounds of 68 (-4) in the opening round. The trio accounted for a total of 17 birdies.

Defending Iowa Amateur champion Mike McCoy (Des Moines) and current IGA Match Play champion Dusty Drenth (Davenport) sit just a shot back at -3. McCoy sprinkled in four birdies along with a single bogey, which came on his final hole of the day (9th). Drenth was -5 through 16 holes, but bogies on the final two holes left him one back of the pace.

A total of only 10 players broke par on the day.

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McCoy looks to defend Iowa Amateur title at Sunnyside CC

The 114th Iowa Amateur Championship will take its test to Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo, Iowa. The State’s top amateur talent will all be on hand and in search of the Elliott Family Trophy.

Nestled in the woods of the Cedar Valley, this Leo Packard designed course is in championship form. Players will be treated to over 6,700 yards of par-72 golf over the three-day span. They’ll also be met with tight tee shots and guarded greens.

Sunnyside CC has hosted a handful of IGA Championships as of late. In 2014, the club played host to the 2014 Iowa Senior Amateur Championship and in 2012 the IGA Match Play Championship was contested there. It last hosted the Iowa Amateur Championship in 2009.

The 2009 Iowa Amateur was one for the record books. Ben Herrera opened the tournament with a blistering eight-under, 64 to build a lead he would not relinquish. He would go on to finish 68-70 for a 54-hole total of 202, a then-Iowa Amateur scoring record. Runner-up finisher Mike McCoy would go on to shatter that number the following year at Bent Tree Golf Course, posting a three-round total of 196 to win the 2010 Iowa Am.

Also to note in 2009, Bradley George made two aces. He made hole-in-ones in back-to-back rounds. This marked George’s first and second career hole-in-ones.

To say he field is stacked for the 2016 Iowa Am is an understatement. The event will feature the top-13 golfers in the Player of the Year race and 22 out of the top-25. This year’s race is tight at the top, with eight players within  400 points of leader Gene Elliott. The winner at Sunnyside will be awarded 400 Player of the Year points.

Elliott tops the Player of the Year standings right now. In 2015, Elliott fell to good friend, and four-ball partner, Mike McCoy, in a playoff at the Iowa Am. He’ll be in search of his fourth State Am title at Sunnyside. The West Des Moines, Iowa resident successfully defended his IGA Four-Ball Championship with McCoy earlier this year at Spirit Hollow. Most recently, Elliott qualified for the US Senior Open at the sectional qualifier in Vista, California.

The aforementioned McCoy is looking to make history yet again at the Iowa Amateur Championship. If he can defend his 2015 Iowa Am title in Waterloo, McCoy would hold seven Iowa Amateur Championships, which would be tied for most in Iowa History. Art Bartlett won seven titles spanning from 1914 to 1929. McCoy sits in fifth-place in the Player of the Year standings with a top-10 finish in all five starts this year.

Jon Brown’s win to begin the year at the Iowa Mid-Am served as the catalyst to his current second-place standing in the Player of the Year race. Him and four-ball partner Jon Olson also made the round of 32 at the 2016 USGA Four-Ball Championship. With a good finish at Sunnyside, Brown could make a big jump in both the Player of the Year race and the Men’s State Team race.

One of the best storylines of 2016 thus far has been the play of Dusty Drenth. With a runner-up finish at the IGA Four-Ball championship with Matt Schlueter, Drenth proved to be a contender. He solidified this notion when he tied for the low 18-hole stroke-play score at the IGA Match Play Championship. Drenth wasn’t done at the Match Play. He would go on to defeat Tanner Randall 3&1 to claim medalist honors. After only earning 152.5 points in 2015, Drenth is a position to make a run at the Men’s State Team with a solid performance at the Iowa Am.

Play will begin on Monday, July 18th with the first 18-hole round, followed by another 18-hole round the following day. After Tuesday’s second round, the field of 123 will be cut to 60 for Wednesday’s final 18-holes. Be sure to follow along with all the action from Sunnyside on you GHIN mobile app, or by following @IowaGolfAssn on Twitter.


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Mike McCoy won his 6th career Iowa Amateur
title in a playoff against good friend Gene Elliott on Sunday.

McCoy wins 113th Iowa Amateur
in playoff over Elliott

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.


Championship Facts


114th Iowa Amateur


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Sunnyside CC course flyovers and information.



Sunnyside CC was designed by Edward Packard and opened for play in 1971.



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:

Iowa Amateur (1985, 2009, 2016)
Iowa Mid-Amateur (2005)
IGA Club Team (2008)
Iowa Women's Amateur (2011)
IGA Match Play (2012
Iowa Senior Amateur (2014)



The field for the championship includes 120 players.



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



2015: Mike McCoy
2014: Nate Dunn
2013: Gene Elliott
2012: Jon Olson
2011: Gene Elliott
2010: 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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