Annual Cherokee golf tourney bigger and better
Who knew that when the venerable Cherokee Golf & Country Club began an annual "county" golf tournament way back in 1934, that the Soux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament would turn into a Northwest Iowa Classic that draws accomplished golfers from throughout the Midwest and points beyond?
But, 'tis the case again this year as the beloved "Sioux Valley Am" takes place on the scenic, challenging, well-groomed Cherokee olde course Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17.
The annual Father's Day Weekend tourney now boasts two-time defending champion Todd Sapp of Sioux City, who labored here for many years since his youth trying his best to win the coveted Sioiux Valley Amateur Championship Flight, only to fail year after year.
However, his grit, his game, and his stick-to-itiveness finally led the personable Sapp to his first crown two years ago, and then, with the monkey finally off his back, he won back-to-back by taking home the title in 2006.
If Sapp wins this year, he retires the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy, taking it home with him for keeps.
The tourney began with early-bird qualifying rounds starting last Saturday and running through Friday. The traditional qualifying rounds begin Saturday and run through Friday, June 15, with the match-play tourney on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17.
All participants failing to make the Sioux Valley cut automatically qualify for the Consolation Match-Play Tournament to be played Saturday, June 23.
The Sioux Valley Am features eight flights - Championship through Seventh.
There are 16 golfers to a flight, with the Championship and First Flight matches 18-hole competitions, and flights 2-7 nine-hole matches.
The $60 entry fee includes a nine-hole practice round and 18 holes of qualifying, plus participation in the Consolation Match-Play Tournament for those not making the Sioux Valley Am cut.
There is a $200 Medalist Award, and a Calcutta Auction and Meal on Friday night, June 15. The last qualifying tee-off time for 18 holes is 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, and for nine holes 3 p.m. that final day.
Address all inquiries to Bill Spindler at 225-4687. Golfers can call for tourney flight times after 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Participants are encouraged to reserve carts early at the above number.
Participants also have the opportunity to win a 2007 Dodge Nitro for each hole-in-one on Hole #4 during first-round match-play on Saturday, June 16. That exciting opportunity is provided by Holzhauer Motors Ltd. of Cherokee.
Participants also can wiin a 2007 Club Car golf cart for each hole-in-one on #4 during first-round match-play on Saturday, June 16 only.
Royer's Jewelry of Cherokee will be giving away a Citizen Watch for closest to the pin oon hole #8 during the Consolation weekend, and Coca-Cola is again sponsoring a long-drive contest during the Sioux Valley Am Tournament.
The expert work and knowledge of Course Superintendent Ryan Lux and his staff, along with steady spring rains and warming temperatures have the Cherokee course in superb condition.
The Sioux Valley Am will once again serve as a reunion base for many Cherokee natives who annually tie in the beloved Cherokee Classic with vacation time to visit family, friends, and fellow natives in such a festive atmosphere.