Sioux Valley Amateur Golf 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Photos and copy by Paul Struck
Mathers wins Sioux Valley title -
River Valley AD oldest SV Champ in history
By Paul Struck
A youthful, former multi-sport athlete who still works out to stay in shape, Bill Mathers of Cushing certainly doesn't look like the "oldest" player to ever win the coveted Cherokee Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament.
But, lo and behold, that's who he became on Sunday June 20 at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club's 76th annual match-play golf classic,when he bested young Brian Schultz of Le Mars 2-1 to win the Championship Flight of the 2010 Sioux Valley Am.
Mathers, age 60, parlayed solid "par" golf in grinding his way through four 18-hole match-play matches Saturday and Sunday. He beat Jason Ruba of Remsen 9 & 7 in his opener on Saturday, and then took out this year's qualifying medalist Nick Dreckman of Remsen 3 & 2. He then defeated Shane Bellefy of Minneapolis 3 & 2 in Sunday's semifinal, before handling Schultz - the 2000 Sioux Valley Am Champion - in the finals.
"Thank God for carts," quipped Mathers, the River Valley Athletic Director and former football, softball, and golf coach, after prevailing through four grueling matches in two days on the hilly Cherokee course layout under ideal weather conditions.
Curt Claybaugh of Cherokee shows his sweet follow-through on this shot at last week's Sioux Valley Am in Cherokee.
David Cook of Cherokee keeps his eyes on the ball at last week's Sioux Valley Am Golf Tournament.
Down the 'Fareway' -
Cherokee's Jon Curry shows balance and classic form on this tee shot during last weekend's Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament.
Cherokee Braves golf coach James DeVos lets it fly during last week's Sioux Valley Am Golf Tournament.
The 2008 Sioux Valley Am Golf Tournament Champion Jeff Campbell, left, strokes a putt while fellow First-Flight contenders Jason Anderson and Jeff Johnson wait their turns during last week's 76th annual tourney. The talented trio are all Cherokee natives.
The 2010 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament medalist Nick Dreckman of Remsen watches this shot soar during last weekend's classic.
Jason Spooner, Sioux Valley Am Tournament Director, gets ready to hit his drive on the way to winning the Fourth Flight at last week's tourney.
Sioux Valley panorama
As always, the Championship and First Flight finalists are paired up on Sunday's final round at the Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament at the revered Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Here, Championship winner Bill Mathers, left, runner-up Brian Schultz, First Flight Champion Seth Schroeder chipping the ball, and runner-up Blake Bengard play before dozens of gallery members ringing the green.
Brian Schultz of Le Mars watches his putt roll on his way to a runner-up finish in the Championship Flight of the Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Golf Tournament Sunday.
Sioux Valley Champ! -
Bill Mathers of Cushing, the 2010 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion, readies to crush a drive on his way to winning the coveted title Sunday at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club.
The 2010 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion Bill Mathers strokes a putt during final-round action Sunday at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club.
Bill Mathers, the newly-crowned Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion, poses with the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy annually awarded to the Sioux Valley Champ.