A Feauto finish! Ryan Feauto beats Collin Mitchell 3-1 for SV Golf title
Collin Mitchell of Sioux City and Ryan Feauto of Ames both qualified with even par 72s and kept that link through to the Championship Flight finals where Feauto prevailed 3-1 to claim the coveted Sioux Valley Men’s Match-Play Golf Tournament title here Sunday afternoon.
Last year’s runner-up, Feauto proved he had the mettle to better that effort this year, advancing through tough competition to snag his first SV Championship. Feauto beat Aaron Robinson 6-5, Matt Pitts 3-2, and Sam Storey 1-up to advance to the finals against Mitchell.
The 2022 field included several former champs, including two crowd favorites - Bill Mathers of Correctionville and Bret Taylor of Booneville - playing for the coveted First Flight title. Taylor, a three-time Sioux Valley champ lost 4-3 to Mathers, also a former champ.
Six-time SV champ JD Anderson of West Des Moines, the 2021 defending champ, was ousted in first-round Championship action by former champ Nick Dreckman of Mankato, Minn. Anderson was 2022 medalist after qualifying with a 66.
“You don’t know what this means to me,” said a joyous champion Feauto. “This is my favorite tournament I play and I’ve played here for seven years since I was 16, and I’ve placed fourth, third, and second before winning this year.
“The Sioux Valley is so well run and the people and volunteers are simply awesome. I met the Cook family and what wonderful people. The trophy is beautiful and I will cherish it until next year when I hope to win it again. Playing in the finals with Collin and Bill and Bret was also special. What fine gentleman and competitors they are. It’s just a tremendous tournament and everything about it is all good. It’s my favorite and I look forward to playing in it every year.
“After seven years, this is the first flight I’ve ever won,” laughed the personable Dordt graduate and now lab researcher at Iowa State University’s Veterinary Lab. His co-workers adjusted their schedules and even bought him his championship shirt he wore Sunday to seal the deal.
Iowa’s oldest match-play tournament hosting its incredible 88th year, featured 162 qualifiers filling flights Championship through seven. All golfers missing the cut automatically qualify for the Consolation Tournament here Saturday, with another match-play champ crowned.