The 2013 Iowa PGA Match Play Championship Presented by PGA Tour was held at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake in Moravia, Iowa. Twenty-three Iowa PGA professionals competed in this Major Player of the Year Point event. Format for this event was 18-Hole Match Play.
Chris Black, PGA Professional at Hickory Grove Golf Course, defeated Chad Proehl, PGA Professional at Sugar Creek Golf Course, in the final match on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 2 Up. Black and Proehl were all square heading into Hole #17 which is a 205 Yard Par 3. Proehl hit his tee shot to the left side of the green and Black knocked his within twenty feet of the hole. Proehl’s next chip shot came up approximately 25 feet short forcing him to putt first. Proehl holed his 25-foot putt to save par and Black answered by making his 20-foot birdie putt. On the eighteenth hole, Proehl hit his tee shot into the tall prairie grass and took a stroke and distance penalty for a lost ball. Black ended up scoring a bogey on the hole which sealed his second Iowa PGA Match Play Championship victory. Black’s other Match Play title came in 2011 at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, Illinois.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Presenting Sponsor, PGA Tour for their support of this event. Also, special thanks to Sterling Cut Glass for their support as Iowa PGA Crystal Trophy Provider.
Special thanks to Darin Fisher, Head PGA Professional, and the entire staff for an excellent job hosting this event.
Over the past few months The PGA of America has taken a vocal and active position which reflected the strong viewpoint of our PGA Professionals in opposing the USGA and R&A’s proposed Rule 14-1b that would ban the anchored stroke. Today, the governing bodies indicated that they will proceed with the formal adoption of the rule.
We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.
Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience, the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be — a time to exchange opinions, concerns and potential solutions.
We should also note that our difference of opinion regarding 14-1b should not in any way detract from the healthy relationship we have had with the USGA for nearly a century. Together, we have taken tremendous steps for the benefit of the game we both love and serve and we will continue to work together through the ongoing mutual support of Get Golf Ready; Tee It Forward; the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; the First Tee, Drive, Chip and Putt Championship; 9 is Fine; and critical pace of play issues. Let us not lose sight of the fact that The PGA and the USGA agree far more than we disagree.
We also want to note that our conversations and meetings with the USGA over these last few months have resulted in our mutual agreement to engage in a leadership conference no less than once a year to discuss our strategies and concerns and see where and how we can continue to improve the game together. In addition, we look forward to working openly with the USGA in order to ensure that on an ongoing basis, our inclusion in the Rules-making process is as meaningful as possible.
At this point in time, The PGA will digest the USGA and R&A’s decision to proceed with Rule 14-1b and discuss this matter with our Board of Directors, PGA Sections and, of course, our 27,000 PGA Professionals throughout the country. Our Board will convene in late June during our PGA Professional National Championship and at that time, we will decide how best to proceed. In addition, we will continue to confer with the PGA Tour as they similarly digest this information.
In the meantime, we will immediately do what we do best — teach the game. Since the end of November, The PGA Instruction Committee has been working on a process whereby our PGA Professionals can help with the transition from anchored putters to a non-anchored stroke in anticipation of this decision. Our PGA Professionals have always embraced our role as problem solvers when it comes to making the game better and more enjoyable for those who play it.
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The Inaugural NB Golf Cars / Club Car Iowa PGA Foundation Pro-Am Presented by Laser Link was held at Glen Oaks Country Club on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Fifty-six four-person teams competed in this pro-am which was the first major fund-raiser for the Iowa PGA Foundation.
The format for this event was 2 Best Balls of 4 (1 Net and 1 Gross). There was also an individual Open, Senior, Super Senior Division, and Skins Game for the professionals.
The Iowa PGA Foundation would like to thank Colby Marriott of NB Golf Cars / Club Car for his title sponsorship of this event. Also special thanks to Marc Cruse of Laser Link Golf for his presenting sponsorship contribution.
Glen Oaks Country Club did an amazing job hosting this event and special thanks goes out to Ken Schall, PGA Director of Golf, Glen Oaks CC Members, and the entire staff.
The Iowa PGA Parent Junior Championship held at Jester Park GC in Granger, Iowa had 148 players and was contested on Saturday, May 11. Special thanks to Zach Vervaecke, Head PGA Professional and his staff for hosting! What a great family golf day. The 18-hole divisions played a scramble format on the regulation course and the 9-hole division participated in an alternate shot on the Par 3 golf course. Check out other Parent Junior events available through the Iowa PGA by clicking HERE.
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The 2013 Iowa PGA Team All Pro was held at Cardinal Hills Golf Club in Newton, Iowa, on Monday, May 7th. Twenty-six Iowa PGA Professionals competed in this event which consisted of multiple formats.
Teams were comprised of four Iowa Section PGA Professionals. The team format was a modified Four-Ball format with 1 Best Ball of 4 on Par 5s, 2 Best Balls of 4 on Par 4s, and 3 Best Balls of 4 on Par 3s. Professional’s chose their own 4-pro team or signed up individually with the Iowa PGA office and a team was drawn. The tournament also consisted of Individual Open, Senior, and Super Senior Divisions.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank John Shwaver, PGA Professional, and Mark Davis, owner for hosting this event.
Mark Egly, PGA Professional, Des Moines Driving Range, provides some valuable instruction on putting.
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The 2013 Iowa Cup Matches were contested on May 1-2 at Bos Landen Golf Club in Pella, Iowa. The top twenty Iowa PGA Professionals competed against the top twenty Iowa Golf Association amateurs in a Ryder Cup style format.
The top 20 Iowa PGA Professionals were comprised from the previous year’s Player of the Year Section point list. The 2013 Iowa PGA Player Captain was Sean McCarty, Head PGA Professional at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, Iowa. The Iowa PGA Honorary Captain was Andy Devine, Head PGA Professional at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo, Iowa. McCarty earned player captain honors by winning last year’s Iowa PGA Section Championship at Ames Golf & Country Club. The Iowa PGA Executive Board of Directors chose Andy Devine as the Honorary Captain based on his past contributions to the Iowa PGA Section and game of golf in general.
The event was shortened to a one-day event because of the inclement weather on the second day.
Round one consisted of Four-Ball Matches, with each match worth 1 point. Round 2 matches consist of Singles Matches, with each match worth 1 point as well.
The Iowa PGA Professionals won the event by a score of 16 to 14.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Bill Dickens, Executive Director of the Iowa Golf Association, and Chad Pitts, Assistant Executive Director of the Iowa Golf Association, for administering the event this year.
The Iowa PGA would also like to thank Scott Reuter, Head PGA Professional, and the entire staff at Bos Landen Golf Club for hosting this event.
Special thanks to Mark Morrissey of AHEAD / PGA Authentic for providing the team uniforms for the Iowa PGA squad.
|Elliott, Gene (a)||3 and 2||McCarty, Sean|
|Brown, Jon (a)||Halved||Panek, John|
|Black, Josh (a)||2 and 1||Spahr, Kyle|
|Anderson, J.D. (a)||3 and 1||Black, Chris|
|Slavin, Mike (a)||8 and 7||Lorenz, Brian|
|Verduyn, Brian (a)||4 and 3||Fisher, Darin|
|Cook, Terry (a)||Halved||Erger, Matt|
|Olson, Jon (a)||2 and 1||Gibb, Judd|
|Schulte, Justin (a)||1 up||Krueger, Aaron|
|Walker, Matthew (a)||1 up||Destival, Micah|
|Kern, Ben (a)||Halved||Wernimont, Brian|
|Dunn, Nate (a)||2 up||Proehl, Chad|
|Atkinson, Dustin (a)||5 and 3||Mason, Greg|
|Datz, Patrick (a)||3 and 2||Shawver, John|
|Gatchel, Matt (a)||4 and 3||Vervaecke, Zack|
|Cook, Scot (a)||5 and 4||McClintock, Ryan|
|Manske, Bill (a)||4 and 3||Ruthey, Mark|
|Curell, Jim (a)||5 and 4||Smith, Jeff|
|Yunek, Joel (a)||2 and 1||Butler, Joe|
|Peterson, Ron (a)||2 and 1||DeNike, Kevin|
|Jon Brown / Matthew Walker||4 and 3||John Panek / Zack Vervaecke|
|J.D. Anderson / Matt Gatchel||2 and 1||Micah Destival / Brian Wernimont|
|Scot Cook / Terry Cook||3 and 2||Darin Fisher / John Shawver|
|Patrick Datz / Justin Schulte||1 up||Aaron Krueger / Brian Lorenz|
|Gene Elliott / Dustin Atkinson||4 and 2||Kyle Spahr / Ryan McClintock|
|Jon Olson / Brian Verduyn||Halved||Matt Erger / Greg Mason|
|Josh Black / Ben Kern||4 and 3||Chad Proehl / Judd Gibb|
|Mike Slavin / Nate Dunn||1 up||Chris Black / Sean McCarty|
|Bill Manske / Ron Peterson||1 up||Kevin DeNike / Mark Ruthey|
|Jim Curell / Joel Yunek||2 and 1||Jeff Smith / Joe Butler|
The 2013 Iowa PGA Pro-Assistant was held at Waverly Municipal Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa on Monday, April 29th. Twenty, two-person teams competed in this event where the top ranking professional teamed with another PGA Member or Apprentice from the same facility.
The format for this event was 18-Hole Four-Ball Stroke Play.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Head PGA Professional, Greg Mason, and his entire staff for hosting this event. Also, special thanks to Sterling Cut Glass for providing the crystal trophies for the 2013 season.
The Iowa PGA Parent-Junior Championship was held Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Airport National Golf Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with 60 participants. 18-hole competitors played a scramble format on holes 1-18, while the 9-hole divisons played an alternate shot format on holes 19-27. The Iowa PGA would like to extend a thank you to Head PGA Professionals Mark Lemon and Matt Erger, as well as Assistant PGA Professional Ross McLaughlin and the entire staff at Airport National for their support in hosting this event.
The 2013 Mizuno Golf Iowa PGA 36-Hole Classic was held on Monday, April 22nd, at Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, Iowa. Forty-two Iowa PGA Professionals competed in this stroke play event that is considered a 36-Hole Minor Point Event on the Iowa PGA tournament schedule. This special Player of the Year status doubles the points that professionals earn because of the quality of the field.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Kyle Brandt, Head PGA Professional, Josh Kuha, General Manager, Nikk Dickerson, Superintendent and the entire staff at Tournament Club of Iowa.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Jeremy Galbreth of Mizuno Golf for his continued support of the Iowa PGA tournament program. Mizuno Golf will also be a hole sponsor at the Inaugural Iowa PGA Foundation Pro-Am on May 13th at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Also, special thanks to Sterling Cut Glass for providing the crystal awards for the Iowa PGA tournament program.
The 2013 Iowa PGA Stableford Event was held at Geneva Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 15th. Thirty-one Iowa PGA Professionals participated in this unique format where golfers competed for points on each hole.
The point scale was as follows; Double Eagle = 10 Points, Eagle = 6 Points, Birdie = 4 Points, Par = 2 Points, Bogey = 1 Points, and Double Bogey or higher = 0 Points.
There was an Open and Senior Division as well as an optional Skins and Senior Skins Game.
The Iowa PGA would like to thank Steve Hutton, Head PGA Professional, and the entire staff for hosting this fun event. The Iowa PGA will be returning to Geneva Golf & Country Club on August 20th for the 2013 Iowa PGA Assistant Match Play Championship.
The 2013 Iowa PGA tournament season finally got underway at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline, Illinois on Monday, April 8th. The first two scheduled events of the season were postponed because of the recent winter weather conditions in the region. The Iowa PGA Junior-Senior Draw was contested and the format was Four-ball Stroke Play, with individual stroke play in Open, Senior (50 and older), and Super Senior Divisions (60 and older). An optional Skins Game and Senior Skins Game was conducted as well.
Teams were comprised by splitting the entire field in half and then pairing one junior professional with one senior professional according to player ability. The cutoff this year was 42 years of age, with two professionals at that age. One professional went to the Junior pool and the other went to the Senior pool.
Twenty-nine Iowa PGA professionals competed in this event.
This event also signifies the start of the season-long Iowa PGA Challenge which is sponsored by Harris Golf Cars and Oakley. The Iowa PGA would like to thank Scott Harris (Harris Golf Cars), Terry Harris (Harris Golf Cars), Steve Haldeman (Harris Golf Cars), and Rob Versteegh (Oakley) for their support of this fun competition.