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Sioux Valley Amateur coming up

Friday, June 8, 2012

Qualifying for the Sioux Valley Amateur golf tournament will be from June 9-15 and the storied Match Play tournament will be played at the Cherokee Country Club on June 16 and 17.

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, and 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, Kansas (1970, 1972 and 1995 - easily the record for time lapsed between 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 in 2007 and 2009.

The Sioux Valley tournament is one of the few tournaments which is played in the match play format. In match 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.

The popular Calcutta auction and supper will kick things off on Friday evening, June 15th, and then eight flights of Match Play golf, with 16 golfers to a flight, will tee off on Saturday. The Championship Flight and First Flights will be 18 -hole matches and Flights 2-7 will be nine-hole matches, and the tournament medalist will win $250. In addition, for each hole-in-one shot on Hole #4 in the first round of Match Play, the golfer will receive a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T from Holzhauer Motors in Cherokee and a customized 2012 Yamaha Golf Cart from Yahama Golf Equipment of LeMars.

Bret Taylor of Council Bluffs is the defending Sioux Valley champion, defeating two-time champion J.D. Anderson last year.

All entrants who don't qualify for a flight will automatically qualify for the Consolation Tournament on Saturday June 23rd. The golfer who gets closest to the pin on hole #8 that weekend wil receive a Seiko watch from Royer's Jewelry in Cherokee.

Any questions about the tournament may be addressed to the Cherokee Country Club (225-4687), Jason Spooner (261-5878), Bill Spindler (221-9328), or Chris Jenness (229-5232). Call for Tourney Flight times after 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 15th.

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