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2018 Four-Ball Champions Crowned

May 21, 2018

NAMPA, Idaho - The Idaho Four-Ball Championships were held May 19-20 at RedHawk Golf Course in Nampa. The largest championship event of the year had full fields in the Amateur, Womens, and Senior Divisions.

Defending champions Hunter Ostrom and Phil Kennedy took home the Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a playoff against Dean Park and Kenny Walker. Ostrom and Kennedy started Sunday's final round 2 shots back of the leaders, and knew they would have to score well to win. Starting on 7, the team didn't have a perfect start, but bounced back from a bogey on 10 with birdies on the tough 12th hole and the 14th hole. An eagle on the Par 5 1st hole brought them to -5, and a long string of pars by Kennedy kept the team in contention down the stretch, culminating in a birdie by both players on 6. Behind them were Dean Park and Kenny Walker, who were playing in the final group. Walker's eagle on the second to last hole of the day proved to be crucial, and a final round 66 was enough to force a playoff. Park and Walker made par on the first playoff hole and Ostrom, a sophomore at Notre Dame, was left with a 5-foot birdie putt for the Championship which he delivered.

In the Womens Division, Kareen Markle and Stacey Camara came from behind to force a playoff with Kris Fenwick and Anne Williamson where Markle & Camara won on the fourth playoff hole. Markle and Camara came out hot, shooting -3 on the front nine. A rough back nine start was mitigated by birdies on 14 and 17, and a solid round of 67 gave Markle and Camara the lead in the clubhouse. The final group of Fenwick/Williamson and Henley Rauch had final rounds of 70 and 69 respectively, which was enough for a 3-way playoff. All groups had pars on the 1st playoff hole, but on the 2nd hole a tough break proved too much to overcome for Henley and Rauch as they could not match the pars of Markle/Camara and Fenwick/Williamson. Pars again at the 3rd hole sent the playoff to the challenging par-3 4th hole. Camara's shot landed to about 5 feet, and she was able to sink the birdie putt to win the Womens Four-Ball Championship. 

The Senior Four-Ball Championship was closely contested, and it was the team of Jay Sutton and Dan Pickens who came out on top over their final pairing opponents Mike Rawls and Rod Skyles. A -3 start on the first 12 holes by Sutton and Pickens sent the duo into the final 6 holes up by one stroke. A Rawls eagle on 1 tied the match back up, but it was a 30-foot bomb for birdie on 4 by Sutton to take the lead that was the highlight of the day. The two teams matched birdies on 5, and Sutton and Pickens were able to make par on the 6th hole to seal the victory.

For full results please click here.

For a photo gallery of the champions click here.

 

Travers and Mitsunaga Advance Through US Open Local Qualifier

May 15, 2018

CALDWELL, Idaho - Conditions were perfect at Timberstone Golf Course in Caldwell for Monday’s US Open Local Qualifier. Scores in the red were plentiful, but it was Boise’s Kyle Mitsunaga and Nick Travers who came out on top- each shooting a 6-under par 66 to claim spots in the US Open Sectional Qualifier.

Mitsunaga, a former Boise State golfer, was red hot on the front nine, carding four birdies and an eagle to make the turn at 6-under. Scoring slowed on the back nine for Mitsunaga with only one birdie and one bogey, but a key putt on hole 15 to save par kept the lead intact. 

Travers also had an impressive start. After an eagle two on the par 4 first hole, Travers was able to string together 3 more birdies to close out the front nine with a 33. On the back nine, Travers bounced back from a double-bogey on the par 3 13th hole with birdies on 4 out of the last 5 holes. Travers currently works as a teaching instructor at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.

Two alternate spots were available, and a playoff was needed for three players tied at 67 to claim those spots. Donny Hopoi of Aiea, Hawaii claimed the first with a birdie on the third playoff hole and Zach Rawls of Boise claimed the second alternate spot.

Local Qualifying is the first step towards acquiring a spot in the US Open. Monday’s qualifiers will advance to one of 12 sites for Sectional Qualifying. The US Open is held in June this year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

Click here for complete scores and results.

Team Idaho Rallies in Singles to take Third at 2018 PNGA Cup

May 4, 2018

Seattle, Washington

Team Idaho entered the final day of the 2018 PNGA Cup with a less than inspiring first day performance after winning only two of its twelve matches in Thursday's Four-Ball and Foursomes matches finding itself in fourth position in the annual PNGA Cup Matches (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia) at the fabulous Seattle Golf Club in Seattle, WA.

Trailing leaders Oregon by a substantial margin, Team Idaho Captain and current IGA Vice President Russ Peterson spoke to his team Friday morning before the 12 singles matches and reminded them of what Idaho had accomplished just a year earlier when competing on its home turf at TimberStone Golf Course. In 2017 Team Idaho had captured the PNGA Cup for the first time in its then 12 year history. Peterson instilled a sense of pride in the team and something must have stuck. Idaho came out red hot Friday morning and at one point lead in 11 of its 12 matches. The team would cool off a bit as the day wound down, but would capture an astonishing 8 of 12 possible matches to take home third place, ahead of Washington and trailing British Columbia by a small margin. Oregon would go on to win the event for a record seventh time in its 13 year history. 

"I know we all played just as hard Thursday as we did Friday, but to see Team Idaho step up and win more points on the course than any of the other teams on Friday was awe inspiring" stated Peterson. 

For complete scores and results, Click Here.

For a list of team rosters, Click Here. 

To build their teams each year, each association selects a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.

The PNGA Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the friendship and partnership of the region’s allied associations under the PNGA umbrella. The annual competition is held on a rotating basis throughout the region, with this year’s event being held in Washington and hosted by the Washington State Golf Association. The inaugural PNGA Cup, conducted in 2006, was held at Seattle Golf Club, and returned this year for the first time to the historic venue.

Founded in 1900, Seattle Golf Club has hosted numerous regional and national championships, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, 1981 U.S. Senior Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur (1967, 1987, 1999, 2016) and the 2009 Pac-10 Men’s Championship.

IGA Launches IdahoJuniorTour.org

On May 1 the IGA launched its new all encompassing website for junior golf, IdahoJuniorTour.org. The site is a one stop shop for all Idaho Junior Tour events, national news, Player of the Year info, and so much more!

May 21, 2018

NAMPA, Idaho – The Idaho Four-Ball Championships were held May 19-20 at RedHawk Golf Course in Nampa. The largest championship event of the year had full fields in the Amateur, Womens, and Senior Divisions.

Defending champions Hunter Ostrom and Phil Kennedy took home the Amateur Four-Ball Championship in a playoff against Dean Park and Kenny Walker. Ostrom and Kennedy started Sunday’s final round 2 shots back of the leaders, and knew they would have to score well to win. Starting on 7, the team didn’t have a perfect start, but bounced back from a bogey on 10 with birdies on the tough 12th hole and the 14th hole. An eagle on the Par 5 1st hole brought them to -5, and a long string of pars by Kennedy kept the team in contention down the stretch, culminating in a birdie by both players on 6. Behind them were Dean Park and Kenny Walker, who were playing in the final group. Walker’s eagle on the second to last hole of the day proved to be crucial, and a final round 66 was enough to force a playoff. Park and Walker made par on the first playoff hole and Ostrom, a sophomore at Notre Dame, was left with a 5-foot birdie putt for the Championship which he delivered.

In the Womens Division, Kareen Markle and Stacey Camara came from behind to force a playoff with Kris Fenwick and Anne Williamson where Markle & Camara won on the fourth playoff hole. Markle and Camara came out hot, shooting -3 on the front nine. A rough back nine start was mitigated by birdies on 14 and 17, and a solid round of 67 gave Markle and Camara the lead in the clubhouse. The final group of Fenwick/Williamson and Henley Rauch had final rounds of 70 and 69 respectively, which was enough for a 3-way playoff. All groups had pars on the 1st playoff hole, but on the 2nd hole a tough break proved too much to overcome for Henley and Rauch as they could not match the pars of Markle/Camara and Fenwick/Williamson. Pars again at the 3rd hole sent the playoff to the challenging par-3 4th hole. Camara’s shot landed to about 5 feet, and she was able to sink the birdie putt to win the Womens Four-Ball Championship. 

The Senior Four-Ball Championship was closely contested, and it was the team of Jay Sutton and Dan Pickens who came out on top over their final pairing opponents Mike Rawls and Rod Skyles. A -3 start on the first 12 holes by Sutton and Pickens sent the duo into the final 6 holes up by one stroke. A Rawls eagle on 1 tied the match back up, but it was a 30-foot bomb for birdie on 4 by Sutton to take the lead that was the highlight of the day. The two teams matched birdies on 5, and Sutton and Pickens were able to make par on the 6th hole to seal the victory.

For full results please click here.

For a photo gallery of the champions click here.

 


May 15, 2018

CALDWELL, Idaho – Conditions were perfect at Timberstone Golf Course in Caldwell for Monday’s US Open Local Qualifier. Scores in the red were plentiful, but it was Boise’s Kyle Mitsunaga and Nick Travers who came out on top- each shooting a 6-under par 66 to claim spots in the US Open Sectional Qualifier.

Mitsunaga, a former Boise State golfer, was red hot on the front nine, carding four birdies and an eagle to make the turn at 6-under. Scoring slowed on the back nine for Mitsunaga with only one birdie and one bogey, but a key putt on hole 15 to save par kept the lead intact. 

Travers also had an impressive start. After an eagle two on the par 4 first hole, Travers was able to string together 3 more birdies to close out the front nine with a 33. On the back nine, Travers bounced back from a double-bogey on the par 3 13th hole with birdies on 4 out of the last 5 holes. Travers currently works as a teaching instructor at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.

Two alternate spots were available, and a playoff was needed for three players tied at 67 to claim those spots. Donny Hopoi of Aiea, Hawaii claimed the first with a birdie on the third playoff hole and Zach Rawls of Boise claimed the second alternate spot.

Local Qualifying is the first step towards acquiring a spot in the US Open. Monday’s qualifiers will advance to one of 12 sites for Sectional Qualifying. The US Open is held in June this year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

Click here for complete scores and results.


May 4, 2018

Seattle, Washington

Team Idaho entered the final day of the 2018 PNGA Cup with a less than inspiring first day performance after winning only two of its twelve matches in Thursday’s Four-Ball and Foursomes matches finding itself in fourth position in the annual PNGA Cup Matches (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia) at the fabulous Seattle Golf Club in Seattle, WA.

Trailing leaders Oregon by a substantial margin, Team Idaho Captain and current IGA Vice President Russ Peterson spoke to his team Friday morning before the 12 singles matches and reminded them of what Idaho had accomplished just a year earlier when competing on its home turf at TimberStone Golf Course. In 2017 Team Idaho had captured the PNGA Cup for the first time in its then 12 year history. Peterson instilled a sense of pride in the team and something must have stuck. Idaho came out red hot Friday morning and at one point lead in 11 of its 12 matches. The team would cool off a bit as the day wound down, but would capture an astonishing 8 of 12 possible matches to take home third place, ahead of Washington and trailing British Columbia by a small margin. Oregon would go on to win the event for a record seventh time in its 13 year history. 

“I know we all played just as hard Thursday as we did Friday, but to see Team Idaho step up and win more points on the course than any of the other teams on Friday was awe inspiring” stated Peterson. 

For complete scores and results, Click Here.

For a list of team rosters, Click Here. 

To build their teams each year, each association selects a 12-person team consisting of eight men and four women. The representation includes four mid-amateur men of 25 years of age or older, two men of 40 years or older, two senior men of 55 years or older, two mid-amateur women of 25 years or older and two senior women of 50 years or older.

The PNGA Cup was created in 2006 by past PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as a way of continuing the friendship and partnership of the region’s allied associations under the PNGA umbrella. The annual competition is held on a rotating basis throughout the region, with this year’s event being held in Washington and hosted by the Washington State Golf Association. The inaugural PNGA Cup, conducted in 2006, was held at Seattle Golf Club, and returned this year for the first time to the historic venue.

Founded in 1900, Seattle Golf Club has hosted numerous regional and national championships, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, 1981 U.S. Senior Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur (1967, 1987, 1999, 2016) and the 2009 Pac-10 Men’s Championship.


On May 1 the IGA launched its new all encompassing website for junior golf, IdahoJuniorTour.org. The site is a one stop shop for all Idaho Junior Tour events, national news, Player of the Year info, and so much more!


February 22, 2018

Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) announced today the enhancement of the Idaho Junior Amateur to a 54 hole championship. The Idaho Junior Amateur, ages 13 and up, will offer a 36 hole cut after two days of play, August 7-8, with a final round August 9.

“We wanted to elevate the Idaho Junior Amateur from simply a Tour Championship to a major event. The addition of a third round immediately brings the Junior Amateur into the modern era” stated IGA Executive Director Adam McCormick, of the reasoning behind the change. “As a 54 hole event, the Junior Amateur is eligible for WAGR points and enhanced status with AJGA and JGS rankings” stated IGA Junior Golf Director Cecilia Garcia.  

“We are thrilled to be the host of the inaugural 54 hole championship and are excited to see the Junior Amateur grow” stated Falcon Crest Golf Club Head Professional Ryan Nielson, the host of the 2018 Championship.

About the IGA

The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) is a 501 (C)(7) non-profit organization founded in 1969 with the goal of being an all-encompassing umbrella organization for amateur golf in Idaho. The mission of the IGA is to promote the best interest of amateur golf, by providing course rating and handicapping service to member clubs, conducting championships, providing playing opportunities for members, education, and protecting the spirit of the game. The IGA is comprised of approximately 16,000 members and approximately 90 member clubs.

The IGA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of twelve men and women who serve three year terms. Operations are administered by four full-time employees and USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns. Sixteen state championships and various USGA qualifiers are conducted each year in addition to over 40 events on the IGA Junior Tour schedule. 


Taylor Judy of Boise named Tournament Director for the Idaho Golf Association.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work for one of Idaho’s most important associations” Judy stated. “Golfers are in great hands with the new staff at the IGA and I am blessed to be a part of that staff. I look forward to enhancing the competitive golf experience in the state of Idaho and to be able to work in an industry that has shaped who I am. Thank you to the IGA Board of Directors, Executive Director Adam McCormick, and the entire staff of the IGA for believing in my passion and vision. And a big thanks to my family, future wife, and God, who have always loved and supported me in the pursuit of my dreams.”

 

The IGA conducted a nationwide search for the position and is very pleased to have landed a homegrown product in Judy.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented individual come on board who is already associated with the golfing landscape in Idaho. Taylor will make a great addition to our already talented team which includes Cecilia Garcia and Caleb Cox.”

Judy will begin his duties with the IGA on March 12th.

The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) is a 501 (C)(7) non-profit organization founded in 1969 with the goal of being an all-encompassing umbrella organization for amateur golf in Idaho. The mission of the IGA is to promote the best interest of amateur golf, by providing course rating and handicapping service to member clubs, conducting championships, providing playing opportunities for members, education, and protecting the spirit of the game. The IGA is comprised of approximately 16,000 members and approximately 90 member clubs.

The IGA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of twelve men and women who serve three year terms. Operations are administered by four full-time employees and USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns. Sixteen state championships and various USGA qualifiers are conducted each year in addition to over 40 events on the IGA Junior Tour schedule. 


Idaho Golf Association Unveils New Logos

February 9, 2018

Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) unveiled three new logos today in advance of the 2018 Boise Golf and Travel Show. The new logos consist of an official seal, a casual logo, and an IGA Junior Tour logo.

“I liked the existing mark of the IGA, but unfortunately it limited us in its versatility due the large amount of detail,” said IGA Executive Director Adam McCormick, of the reasoning behind the change. “That being said, we felt it was important to capture the iconic outline of the state of Idaho as well as the immediately distinguishable golf tee found within the center of the mark. We drafted dozens of options, from the traditional crest to modern concepts, and ultimately kept coming back to the iconic Idaho shape. After consulting with our allied golf associations we felt having two options, formal and casual, would give us the best branding moving forward. Our third mark will be associated with the IGA Junior Tour.”

The three newly released logos replace all existing logos effective immediately.

About the IGA

The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) is a 501 (C)(7) non-profit organization founded in 1969 with the goal of being an all-encompassing umbrella organization for amateur golf in Idaho. The mission of the IGA is to promote the best interest of amateur golf, by providing course rating and handicapping service to member clubs, conducting championships, providing playing opportunities for members, education, and protecting the spirit of the game. The IGA is comprised of approximately 16,000 members and approximately 90 member clubs.

The IGA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of twelve men and women who serve three year terms. Operations are administered by four full-time employees and USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns. Sixteen state championships and various USGA qualifiers are conducted each year in addition to over 40 events on the IGA Junior Tour schedule. 


The Idaho Golf Association has selected Adam McCormick as its new Executive Director.  Adam comes to Idaho from the Tennessee Golf Association where he has been the Director of Men’s Competitions.

“I would like to thank the IGA Board of Directors for believing in my vision and selecting me as the next Executive Director of the Idaho Golf Association. I look forward to increasing the IGA brand, enhancing the IGA championship experience, and strengthening the relationships of the IGA with players, professionals, and allied organizations. My wife and I are truly excited to begin this next chapter of our lives in Idaho.”

A native of North Carolina, Adam graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Advertising.  Prior to his time at the Tennessee Golf Association, Adam worked for the Kansas City Golf Association as Competitions and Programs Manager.  He also served as a P.J.Boatwright intern at the Kansas City Golf Association.

Adam will begin his duties at the IGA on January 22, 2018.

The Idaho Golf Association (IGA) is a 501 (C)(7) non-profit organization founded in 1969 with the goal of being an all-encompassing umbrella organization for amateur golf in Idaho. The mission of the IGA is to promote the best interest of amateur golf, by providing course rating and handicapping service to member clubs, conducting championships, providing playing opportunities for members, education, and protecting the spirit of the game. The IGA is comprised of approximately 16,000 members and approximately 90 member clubs.

The IGA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of twelve men and women who serve three year terms. Operations are administered by four full-time employees and USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns. Sixteen state championships and various USGA qualifiers are conducted each year in addition to over 40 events on the IGA Junior Tour schedule. 


Sunday, October 15, 2017 River Birch Golf Course was in prime condition to host the IGA Mixed Alternate Shot Championship. 

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The 2017 IGA Tournament of Champions was conducted at the beautiful venue, Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls, Idaho.

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