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Pitts leads Sioux Valley Amateur qualifiers with 67

Thursday, June 14, 2012

78th annual golf classic Saturday and Sunday

Matt Pitts of Cherokee continues to lead the medalist race for the 78th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament in Cherokee after firing a sizzling 33-34-67 at the revered Cherokee Golf & Country Club course last week to take a solid lead.

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This affable foursome contains some heavy hitters who will trying their luck at this year's Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament in Cherokee. They are, left to right, Don Ehrich of Denver, Colo., Chris Ehrich of Bardston, Ken., Jeff Campbell of Niles, Ohio, and Keith Ludwig of Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
More than 100 qualifiers have tried their luck into Wednesday afternoon, with the rest of this week scheduled for qualifying, with deadlines Friday for nine holes remaining at 3 p.m., and 18 holes at 1 p.m.

The $75 entry fee includes 18 practice holes, 18 qualifying holes, and tournament match-play action either in the Sioux Valley Am this weekend, or the following Saturday (June 23) in the Consolation Tournament for all qualifiers missing the Sioux Valley Am cut.

Also posting low numbers so far in the qualifying rounds were Joel Keady of Orange City 70, 2010 Champion Bill Mathers of Cushing 71, 2008 Champion Jeff Campbell of Niles, Ohio 72, James DeVos of Cherokee 72, 2011 medalist Nick Dreckman of Remsen 73, Paul Hyndman of Cherokee 75, Nate Freed of Dakota Dunes, S.D. 75, Cherokee native Shane Bellefy of Minneapolis, Minn. 75, Austin Sweeney of Sutherland 76, Chris Jenness of Cherokee 76, 2005 asnd 2006 Champion Todd Sapp of Sioux City 77, John Miller of Cherokee 77, former Cherokean Dave Greenwood of Omaha, Neb. 77, Matt Young of Kingsley 77, Kody Wiig of Correctionville 78, Ken Slater Jr, of Holstein 80, and Alex O'Neill of Ponca, Neb. 80.

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Gigi Boothby and Carol Leidahl were happy greeters and chief scorers at the registration booth for this week's Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament, which gets under way Saturday and Sunday at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club. Photo by Paul Struck
Tournament action is Saturday and Sunday for Iowa's oldest match-play tournament, with Championship and First Flights playing 18-hole matches, and Flights 2-7 playing 9-hole matches. There are 16 golfers to a Flight.

The medalist Award for Qualifiers is $250. The Championship Flight winner gains a leg on the Frank Greenwood Memorial Trophy, which takes three legs to retire.

Bret Taylor of Council Bluffs is the defending 2011 Sioux Valley Am Champion and will be back to defend this year.

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Sioux City Journal sportswriter and golf guru Barry Poe unloads on a drive during qualifying rounds for this week's Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament in Cherokee. Poe says the Sioux Valley is one of his favorite events of all time. Photo by Paul Struck
The popular Calcutta Auction and Meal is Friday night, June 15.

There are prizes galore for golfers, including winning a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T courtesy of Holzhauer Motors Ltd. of Cherokee, and a customized 2012 Yamaha Golf Cart from Yamaha Golf Equipment of Le Mars, for each hole-in-one on #4 during first-round match play on Saturday.

Also, Royer's Jewelry of Cherokee will be giving away a Seiko Watch for closest to the pin on #8 during the Consolation Tournament.

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 for full information.

Qualifying Sioux Valley Am golfers can call for Tourney Flight tee times after 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Carts are available and should be reserved early.



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