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'Sioux Valley Am' is June 14-15

Monday, June 9, 2008

2007 champion Anderson will return to defend title

Trophies awarded for the Sioux Valley Amateur in the past and currently. Photo by Dan Whitney
Several recent champions have committed to return for the 74th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament on tap Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, at the venerable, lush Cherokee Golf & Country Club.

Steeped in a history full of colorful and talented amateur golfers from throughout Northwest Iowa and the tri-state region, the Sioux Valley Am is the oldest, continuous match-play tournament in Iowa.

Qualifying for this year's classic began Saturday and runs through Friday evening, June 13.

There will be 16 golfers to a flight, with the Championship and First Flight matches consisting of 18-hole competition. Flights 2-7 will be 9-hole matches.

The $60 entry fee includes a 9-hole practice round, and 18 holes of qualifying now through Friday, June 13. The last qualifying tee time for 18 holes is 1 p.m. that day, and for nine holes 3 p.m.

The popular Calcutta has been enhanced by exciting, new activities, and the bountiful meal that night will be served by the Cherokee County Pork Producers.

The 2007 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament champion, J.D. Anderson of Des Moines, was poised and ready to win his first Sioux Valley Am title last year. He has vowed to return to defend this year. Photo by Paul Struck
Also on Friday night, entertainment will be provided by Aurelia native Tony Bohnenkamp, a multi-talented musician formerly with the Nadas.

On Saturday night, the Soggy River Bottom Boys, featuring the extraordinary talents of local band members Steve Thomas, Jimmy Davis, Denny Holton, and Larry Jorgenson, will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. The public is welcome both nights.

Once again, fabulous prizes await for golfers scoring a hole-in-one during first-round match-play. For each first-round ace on #4, golfers can win a 2008 Dodge Charger, courtesy of Holzauer Motors, Ltd. of Cherokee; and a 2008 Club Car golf cart, courtesy of Speed's Golf Cars.

Chesterman's and Coca-Cola will again sponsor the Long Drive contest.

The Sioux Valley Am winner gains a leg on the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy and the low Championship qualifier earns the $300 medalist award.

All entrants missing the cut for the Sioux Valley Am automatically qualify for the Consolation Match-Play Tournament Saturday, June 21. Consolation Tournament matches are flighted, 9-hole competitions.

The 74th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Iowa's oldest match-play tournament draws dozens of fans each Fathers Day weekend, especially during the final Championship matches on Sunday when friends and family follow the exciting action provided by the tri-state region's best golfers. Photo by Paul Struck
Royer's Jewelry of Cherokee will give away a Citizen Wrist Watch to closest to the hole on #8 during the Consolation Tournament.

Back to defend his 2007 title will be J.D. Anderson of Des Moines, a Pocahontas native, Wayne State College graduate, and one of the top amateur golfers in the Midwest.

Also scheduled to return are Todd Sapp of Sioux City, the 2005 and 2006 Sioux Valley Am champion; Matt Wilmott of Sloan, the 2004 champ; Tom Bohnenkamp of Aurelia, the 2003 champ; and Brian Schultz of Le Mars, the 2000 champion.

Derek Tolan of Littleton, Colo. won in 2001, and Doug Boever, formerly of Remsen, won the 2002 title.

For questions or more information, contact tourney directors Doug Williams at 229-7077, of Josh Cedar at 229-8935.

Tourney flight times will be available after 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 13, by calling the Cherokee Golf & Country Club at 225-4687.

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