Qualifying Results | Match Play Tree with Starting Times
Read article by Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register
Cody Schweinefus defeated Ryan Marks 2 and 1 in the finals of the 22nd IGA Match Play Championship Thursday afternoon at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. With the final match all square thru six holes Schweinefus won the seventh and eighth to go 2 up. A birdie at the twelfth put him 3 up but Marks came back with wins at the thirteenth and sixteenth to cut the deficit to one. After each each player left a 10 footer for par on the seventeenth, a Schweinefus make against a miss by Marks gave him the title.
Schweinefus advanced to the final by defeating Jon Olson in 19 holes in the morning semifinal. Olson was 2 up thru 10 holes but solid play from Schweinefus evened the match thru sixteen holes. On the 19th hole, the par-4 first, Schweinefus launched a drive that ended 45 feet from the hole for eagle. A cozy putt gave him a tap-in birdie that was conceded for the win.
Marks put on a birdie barrage through the first seven holes in his morning semifinal match against Nathan Leary. Birdies on five of the first seven holes gave him a two up advantage, which he held onto throughout the back nine. Leary slowly gained momentum and climbed back to one down heading to the eighteenth hole, and was in with par while Marks had a 12 footer for his par and the win. The Iowa sophomore-to-be calmly rolled in the putt to advance to the afternoon final.
Sixteen golfers started the day with a chance to win the 22nd IGA Match Play Championship. That number has now been cut to four. Jon Olson, the number one overall seed in the tournament continued his solid play, winning his Tuesday matches by scores of 4-and-3 and 5-and-4. Olson tore up the front nine at Coldwater to jump out to early leads in both his third and fourth round matches. With the usual match play concessions, the Ankeny resident fired a three-under par 33 in the morning, and turned at four-under in the afternoon.
Olson will meet Drake senior-to-be Cody Schweinefus in the semifinals. Schweinefus was one of three Bulldogs in the field at the beginning of the day, but was the only one of the three to survive both Tuesday matches. Schweinefus made the fourth round in the 2009 Match Play.
The third member of the semifinals is Ryan Marks. While Jon Olson may be the hottest player in the field, Marks is a close second. The University of Iowa sophomore-to-be made six birdies in each of his matches on Tuesday, in which he defeated JD Anderson and Brad Reierson 3-and-1 and 4-and-3, respectively.
The long-hitting Marks will meet Iowa State senior-to-be Nathan Leary of Waterloo. Leary defeated two-time IGA Match Play Champion Jon Brown of Urbandale 3-and-2 in the afternoon. Leary and Brown were all square thru twelve holes but the Cyclone birdied thirteen, fourteen and fifteen to go 3-up. A par on the sixteenth closed out the match.
The match play portion of the 22nd IGA Match Play Championship commenced Tuesday morning. The only thing more perfect than the weather in Ames on Tuesday were the fairways and greens at the host club, Coldwater Golf Links. The weekend rains soaked Ames, making parts of the course quite sloppy for Monday’s qualifying round. However, strong winds during that qualifying round and Tuesday’s sun left the track in almost perfect shape for the field of sixty-four. In addition, relatively low winds on Tuesday made birdies a must in order to advance.
After two rounds of match play, the field is pared down to sixteen. The third round will start at 7:30 AM on Wednesday with the number one overall seed Jon Olson from Ankeny taking on Matt Mickelson of Lamoni. Olson fired 67 in Monday’s qualifier, even after making a double bogey on the 18th hole to earn medalist honors. Olson and 2009 Match Play runner-up Jeff Panek are the only two players left in the top half of the bracket who are not currently on a college golf roster. Eric Lindquist, who plays at Iowa State will meet Panek in the round of sixteen. Lindquist battled Algona’s Bill Manske before winning the twentieth hole to end the first round match. In the afternoon, Lindquist used a birdie on the eighteenth to dispose of the pesky Zach Steffen, a 2010 Des Moines Lincoln grad, in order to make the final sixteen.
The number two overall seed also has made the field of sixteen. JD Anderson, a two-time IGA Match Play runner-up, will meet the red-hot Ryan Marks, an Iowa Hawkeye who ended both of his Tuesday matches on the fifteenth hole. The final two matches of the third round each include a former IGA major champion. Match seven of the third round pits 2005 Iowa Amateur champion Brian Verduyn against Iowa State senior-to-be Nathan Leary, who won six of the final seven holes to triumph 1-up over Marcus Gillmor of Bettendorf in their first round match. The final twosome pairs three-time IGA major champion, including the 2003 and 2006 Match Play, Jon Brown, against Drake’s Luke Joy, who is originally from Great Britain.
Five of the final sixteen players are mid-amateur eligible, leaving eleven who will be college golfers in the fall. Winners of third round matches in the morning will play matches in the afternoon to setup Wednesday morning’s final four. The championship match will take place after the completion of Wednesday morning’s matches.