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Anderson Sioux Valley Am Champ

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nicks Schutz 1-up in exciting Championship finals

J.D. Anderson, a personable West Des Moines resident and one of Iowa's finest amateur golfers, added a second Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament title to his vast resume~here Sunday, defeating former Sioux Valley Am champ Brian Schultz of Le Mars 1-up in an exciting Championship final.

The 2009 Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion, J.D. Anderson of West Des Moines, chips to the hole during Championship Flight action at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club Sunday. Photo by Paul Struck
Anderson, a Pocahontas native who is rapidly becoming a force in Iowa amateur golf with his past and current successes in tournament play, vows to keep coming back to Cherokee for the Sioux Valley Am each year since being cajoled to play here and then winning the title in 2007 in his first effort at the venerable Cherokee Golf & Country Club.

Last year, Anderson didn't make the finals and Cherokee native Jeff Campbell of Niles, Ohio won the tourney.

"Ryan Lux (Cherokee Golf & Country Club Superintendent) confronted me about five years ago at Spencer (Northwest Amateur) to play in the Sioux Valley and it took me a couple years to decide to come, because every time Ryan saw me, he'd try to convince me to come. Man, am I ever glad that I did.

Brian Schultz of Le Mars carefully spots his ball on the green during Championship Flight action Sunday at the Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament. Schultz placed second to Champion J.D. Anderson of West Des Moines. Photo by Paul Struck
"I love this tournament, the golf course, and the people here. They are so knowledgeable about golf and you can tell they really appreciate the game.

"This feels good because it's one-half challenge, and one-half fighting fatigue because you play so much golf in a short time (72 holes in two days, plus 18 hole qualifying day before). It's a grind, but it's sure worth it to win this tournament. It's a great tournament and so well run. You people know how to put on a golf tournament, I'll tell you that."

A 1992 graduate of Pocahontas High School, and a 1996 graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., Anderson said he will be blocking out time for the Sioux Valley far into the future, and next year plans to bring his older brother Chad of Norwalk, and "some more Des Moines guys" to play in the tourney now entering its 76th year.

"The Sioux Valley is the same weekend (Father's Day) as the Des Moines City Tourney so I think that's why more Des Moines area players don't come here," explained the newly-wed who married wife Kari in March of last year. Who wouldn't like the Sioux Valley? I really enjoy the crowd out there."

Two-time Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Champion Todd Sapp of Sioux City eyeballs a chip shot on his way to winning the First Flight of this year's tourney Sunday. Photo by Paul Struck
Besides the match-play format, Anderson said he enjoys the competition here. "Every match, you can't look past anybody," said Anderson, who estimates he plays in about a dozen weekend tourneys each summer. "Talent alone won't do it. The course is challenging and nerves always enter into it at some point. Brian and I were both under par in the finals, so that's some good golf under pressure. Brian's a heck of a golfer."

Anderson defeated Cherokee's own Dennis Nelson 4 and 3 in his first-round match on Saturday, and then beat Holstein's's Jeff Mason 2 and 1. On Sunday, he beat Jim Tritz of Sioux City 4 and 3 in the semifinals, before winning over Schultz 1-up for the title. One more and Anderson retires the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy that goes to the winner each year.

Schultz arrived in the finals after beating Dave Pfaltzgraf of Omaha, Neb. 5 and 4, beating defending champ Campbell 4 and 3, and beating Bob Brummel of Orange City 1-up in Sunday's semifinals.

Brummel defeated Tritz 2 and 1 in the Championship Consolation Match Sunday. Brummel beat Mick Henke of Ankeny 1-up in 19 holes, and beat Cam Jacobs of Sioux City 2-up to get to the semis. Tritz beat Curt Taylor of Des Moines 5 and 4, and Nick Dreckman of Le Mars 1-up to get to the semis.

Campbell beat Chris Jenness of Cherokee 1-up in 19 holes, before losing to Schultz in the quarterfinals.

Mason beat the 2008 and 2009 qualifying Medalist Kent Schroeder of Mapleton 2 and 1 in their opening match Saturday.

In First Flight, also with an 18-hole format, Todd Sapp of Sioux City beat Lance Platz of Iowa City 1-up in the title match.

Sapp beat Zach Mathers of Sioux City 1-up in his opener, then beat Jesse Lewter of Sioux Falls, S.D. 2 and 1, and Seth Schroeder of Iowa City 1-up in the semis to get to the final.

Platz beat Matt Pitts of Cherokee 3 and 1 in his first match, then beat Will Cook of Cherokee 2-up, and former Cherokean Greg Cargin of Sioux Falls 1-up in 19 holes in the semis.

Schroeder defeated Cargin 5 and 3 in the First Flight Consolation Match.

Last year's Champion Campbell said, "I'll be back. I wouldn't miss it. My short game left me for a while this weekend. I played well except for that."

All the golfers praised the work of Lux and his staff, and a host of Cherokee volunteers, who cleaned up the course Thursday after an early-morning storm with excessive winds and rains scattered limbs and branches all over the course.

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