Cherokee native Jeff Campbell of Niles, Ohio, addresses this tee shot on his way to winning the 2008 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club last weekend. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee native clips medalist 1-up in Championship match
Cherokee native Jeff Campbell, a self-admitted golf fanatic, claimed the Championship of the 2008 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club last weekend, nipping Kent Schroeder of Mapleton 1-up.
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This impressive hardware mirrors some of the coveted history of the Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament in Cherokee, Iowa's oldest match-play tournament entering its 74th year this year. The Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy, at left, is what players are shooting for each year. Three legs wins permanent possession.. Photo by Dan Whitney
Schroeder, this year's medalist winner after he carded a sizzling 66 qualifying round, arrived at the Big Show after beating Eric Sonksen of West Des Moines 7-6 in the first round, defeating Craig Johnson of West Des Moines 2-1, and beating Bill Mathers of Correctionville 2-1 in the semifinal. Sonksen is an Aurelia native, and Johnson a Cherokee native.
Cherokee's Dennis Nelson, First Flight runner-up, putts while the 2008 Sioux Valley Golf Tournament Championship Flight winner Jeff Campbell observes last weekend. Photo by Paul Struck
Campbell marched to the championship match by beating Nick Dreckman of Le Mars 6-5, beating James DeVos of Cherokee 3-2, and clipping former Sioux Valley Amateur Champion Tom Bohnenkamp of Aurelia 1-up in the semifinal.
"This tournament is so special to me," said a drained but very pleased Campbell, a veteran of 13 Sioux Valley Am tournaments. "I love the course. I love the people. I love the match-play format. I love golf. And, I'm especially loving just about everything right now," he joked.
"This course looks friendly, but it's brutal if you hit it off line. Ryan (Lux - course superintendent) has it in remarkable condition. It's a treat to play here. It really is."
Two time Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament champion, Todd Sapp of Sioux City, sizes up a putt during last weekend's action. Photo by Paul Struck
Cam Jacobs of Sioux City won the First Flight with a 2-1 victory over Dennis Nelson of Cherokee. Jacobs took out Seth Schroeder of Coralville 4-2, beat Jon Miller of Cherokee 9-7, and beat Jeff Sailor of Moville 6-5 in the semifinal. Nelson beat Sam Doerr of South Sioux City, Neb. 2-1, beat James Olson of Sioux City 2-1, and handled Jeff Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. 4-3 in the semifinals. Johnson is a Cherokee native.
Lance Platz of Iowa City claimed the Second Flight with a 2-up win over Colin Christensen of Cherokee. Platz beat Dan Hansen of Cherokee 1-up, beat Jason Anderson of Ankeny 1-up, and beat Tom Spindler of Cresco 5-3 in the semifinal. Anderson is a Cherokee native. Christensen beat Jim Tritz of Sioux City 1-up, beat Pat Murphy of Des Moines 2-up, and nicked Nick Heath of Correctionville 1-up in the semifinal.
Bill Weathers of Aurelia won the Third Flight with a 3-2 win over Jim Johnson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Weathers handled Ryan Lux of Cherokee 4-2, beat Brian Mallory of Lakeland, Fla. 4-2, and tripped Kent Wenck of Cherokee 2-up to make the championship match. Johnson beat Marty Wrage of Cherokee 4-2, beat Aurelia native Bob Waddell of Omaha, Neb. 2-1, and defeated Rick Hirschman of Des Moines 2-up in the semifinal.
2007 Sioux Valley champ J.D. Anderson of West Des Moines focuses on his shot at the 2008 tournament. Anderson lost his first-round match to Cherokee Washington High School golf coach James DeVos. Photo by Paul Struck
Mike Noah of Sioux Falls, S.D. won the Fourth Flight with a 2-1 win over Dana Braunschweig of Des Moines. Noah beat Dave Powers of Sioux City 4-2 in the semifinal, while Braunschweig defeated Bill Erickson of Storm Lake 5-3 in the other semifinal.
Phil Mair of Omaha, Neb. won the Fifth Flight with a 1-up victory over Heath Hagberg of Cherokee. Mair beat Don Ehrich of Denver, Colo. 4-2, nicked Adam Holton of Alta 1-up, and defeated Jim Rodgers of Cherokee 1-up in 10 holes in the semifinal. Hagberg handled Nick Westphal of Ankeny 2-1, beat Rod Keleher of Cherokee 3-2, and beat J.P. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. 1-up in 10 holes.
Zach Mathers of Sioux City won the Sixth Flight with a 4-3 win over Ed Spindler of Greeley, Colo. Mathers beat Mike Ruppert of Sioux Falls, S.D. 3-2, beat Stan Sitzmann of Cherokee 3-2, and beat Mark Joyce of Des Moines 2-1 to make the finals. Spindler beat Chris Christensen of Cherokee 2-1, clipped Jim Kueny of Mapleton 2-1, and beat Ken Slater Jr. of Holstein 3-1 in the semifinal.
Jeff Campbell, The 2008 Cherokee Sioux Valley Golf Tournament champion, watches this shot soar during last weekend's tourney at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee native Scott Finneman of Urbandale won the Seventh Flight with a 2-1 win over Josh Cedar of Cherokee. Finneman beat Gene Anderson of Cherokee 1-up, handled Rich Kueny of Louisville, Neb. 2-up, and beat Orly Webb of Aurelia 4-3 in the semifinal. Cedar clipped Scott Skeels of Las Vegas, Nev. 2-up, beat Chuck Thompson of Cherokee 2-up, and nicked Doug Williams of Cherokee 1-up in 10 holes in the semifinal.
The 2007 Sioux Valley Am champion, J.D. Anderson of West Des Moines, lost 2-1 to James DeVos of Cherokee in their opening Championship Flight match.