Final qualifying week for the 76th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday is under way at the beautiful, pristine Cherokee Golf & Country Club.
The 18-hole Early Bird qualifying began June 5 through Friday, June 11, and normal qualifying started Saturday and runs through Friday. The last qualifying tee times are 1 p.m. Friday for 18 holes, and 3 p.m. Friday for nine holes.
The $75 entry fee includes 18-hole practice rounds and 18 holes of qualifying.
Iowa's oldest Match-Play Golf Tournament, the Sioux Valley Am has long been a favorite for amateur golfers throughout the Midwest, annually drawing between 250-300 qualifiers each year.
The format remains the time-honored same, with 16 golfers to a Flight and eight Flights, including Championship and First Flight playing 18-hole matches, and Flights 2-7 playing nine-hole matches.
The medalist Award for Qualifiers is $300, in case of a tie, the criteria is first 9-hole match score. The Championship Flight winner gains a leg on the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy, which takes three legs to retire.
J.D Anderson of Des Moines is the defending 2009 Champion, also winning the Sioux Valley Am in 2007. Former Cherokean Jeff Campbell of Niles, Ohio is the 2008 Champion, and Todd Sapp of Sioux City won it in 2005 and 2006.
Anderson said he won't be back to defend due to schedule commitments, so the Championship field is wide open this year. Campbell and Sapp will be back this year to try to capture another coveted Sioux Valley title.
The popular Calcutta Auction and Meal will be Friday evening. Entertainment for that event will be Tony Bohnenkamp, an Aurelia native and professional musician. He will be sponsored by Hy-Vee.
Golfers making a hole-in-one on #4 during their first round of Match-Play action on June 19 will win a 2010 Chevy Camaro courtesy of Holzhauer Motors Ltd. of Cherokee, and a 2010 Yamaha Golf Cart courtesy of Yamaha Golf Equipment of Le Mars.
Coca-Cola and Chesterman Company sponsor a long drive contest, with a winner named in each Flight, and Royer's Jewelry of Cherokee will give away a Seiko Watch to closest to the pin on #8 during the Consolation Tournament.
Golfers and their friends and families also will be exposed for the first time to the new upscale "Chateau de Vue" Restaurant at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club operated by Hy-Vee.
For more information or to book tee times, contact the Country Club at 225-4687, Jason Spooner at 261-5878, Bill Spindler at 221-9328, or Chris Jenness at 229-5232.
Qualifying Sioux Valley Am golfers can call for Tourney Flight times after 6:30 p.m. Friday
Golfers need to reserve carts early.