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Sioux Valley Amateur Golf history

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paul Hyndman of Cherokee stays focused on this drive during qualifying rounds this week for the 75th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament this weekend at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Photo by Paul Struck
The Sioux Valley Amateur Golf Tournament will be played this Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, at the Cherokee Country Club.

The very first winner of the Sioux Valley Amateur 84 years ago was David Sauter in 1925.

The late Mike Jividen of Sioux City heads the list of multiple Sioux Valley Amateur Championship titles with seven. Jividen won in 1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1985.

Brian Schultz of Le Mars practices putting on the practice green at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Schultz, a former Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion, qualified for this weekend's tourney with a 75. Photo by Paul Struck
Three-time winners include Cherokee's Loyal Martin (1951, 1959, 1962), Sioux Cityan Pat O'Bryan (1982, 1991, 1992) and Norman Capps of Overland Park, Kan.

(1970, 1972 and 1995, easily the record for time lapsed between his first and last wins).

Several golfers have won the Sioux Valley on two occasions , including Walt Adamson, 1931 and 1932; Milo McWilliams, 1933 and 1934; Don Webb, 1949 and 1950; Bob Leahy. 1952 and 1953; Irv Sorenson ,1954 and 1956; Bob Astleford, 1955 and 1958; Dean Prince, 1960 and 1965; Dr. George Hirschman, 1963 and 1964; Phil Vander Ploeg, 1966 and 1969; and Todd Sapp, 2005 and 2006.

The Sioux Valley tournament is one of the few tournaments which is played in the match play format. In nmtch play, the round is played with the goal of winning individual holes. For example, on No. 1, you score 4 and your opponent gets a 5 - you win the hole.

Scoring is kept by comparing the holes won by each player. If each has won the same number of holes, the match is said to be "all square". If you have won 4 holes and your opponent has won 3, you are said to be "1-up" while your foe is "1-down."

Final score reflects the margin of victory and the hole at which the match ended. If the match goes the full 18 holes, the score would be 1-up or 2-up. If it ends before the 18th, the score would look like "3-and-2" (the winner was 3 holes up with only 2 holes to play, thus ending the match early).

"Halved" is a match play term that means a hole or match was tied. In match play, the goal is to win individual holes, and to win the match by winning the most holes. When a hole is tied - both players in the match score 4s - it said to be "halved," and the players are said to have achieved a "halve." Of course, "halve" is poor grammar (it should be "half," after all), but "halve" is what's used. A match is halved when both players win the same number of holes.

Examples: 1. He's putting to halve the hole. 2. They halved their match.

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