Cherokee's 77th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament is, once again, ready to rumble at the venerable Cherokee Golf & Country Club Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19.
Iowa's oldest Match-Play Golf Tournament, the Sioux Valley Am has long been a favorite for amateur golfers throughout the Midwest and for many Cherokee natives across the country. The $75 entry fee includes 18-hole practice rounds and 18 holes of qualifying.
All entrants failing to make the cut for the Sioux Valley Am automatically qualify for the Consolation Match-Play Tournament scheduled the following Saturday on June 25.
As usual, there will be 16 golfers to a flight, including Championship and First Flight playing 18-hole matches, and flights 2-7 playing 9-hole matches.
The medalist Award for Qualifiers is $300. The Championship Flight winner gains a leg on the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy, which takes three legs to retire.
Bill Mathers of Cushing, the long-time River Valley Athletic Director, and former football, softball, and golf coach who has played in the coveted tournament for more than 35 years, is defending champion, winning the Championship Flight last year at age 61.
J.D. Anderson of Des Moines is the 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.
The popular Calcutta Auction and Meal is Friday night, June 17, with entertainment for that event the talented pianist/vocalist Tony Bohnenkamp, an Aurelia native and professional musician now living in Des Moines. By the way, his dad, Tom, is also a former Sioux Valley Am champion.
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.
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; Todd Sapp, 2005 and 2006; and J.D. Anderson 2007 and 2009.
There are prizes galore for golfers this year, including a 2011 Chevy Camaro, courtesy of Holzhauer Motors Ltd. of Cherokee, and a customized 2011 Yamaha Golf Cart from Yamaha Golf Equipment of Le Mars, for each hole-in-one on #4 during first-round match play on Saturday; Royer's Jewelry of Cherokee will be giving away a Seiko Watch for closest to the pin on #8 during the Consolation Tournament; and Chesterman Company and Coca-Cola also sponsors a Long-Drive contest on #2.
For more information, contact the Cherokee Golf & Country Club at 225-4687, or tournament organizers Jason Spooner at 261-5878, Bill Spindler at 221-9328, or Chris Jenness at 229-5232. You also can access the website
Qualifying Sioux Valley Am golfers can call for Tourney Flight tee times after 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. Carts are available and should be reserved early.