Northwest Iowa Amateur Golf

Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament Details

Tournament Dates

July 30, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Course Location

Spencer Golf & Country Club
Spencer, IA

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The 2014 NW AM is now history.  Congratulations to the Champion Ben Wollam from Marshalltown, Iowa.  Ben shot a tournament record 20 under par 268 for the win.   Trent Peterson, defending champion, was runner up with a score of 272.  

We also had a couple of other rare events. Tom Vining of Sioux Falls and Chad LaBarre of Clive had rare double eagles less than 24 hours apart.  Congratulations to Tom and Chad.

The weather was great, the golf was great, and we hope that we see all of the golfers at next year's tournament to be held July 30 thru August 2, 2015.

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Tournament Registration $130.00 per golfer

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Tournament History

Nineteen twenty-one marked the inaugural year for the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament at the Spencer Golf and Country Club. That year also marked the beginning of Iowa's second ever golf tournament, the first being the Iowa Amateur. Today, there are well over 100 tournaments held annually in Iowa, but in 1921, 60 people converged on Spencer's new course to inaugurate what was to be the first in over 90 years of prominence.

When the country club first conceived of the idea of holding a tournament, it appointed a tournament committee headed by Walter H. Thomas. Working with Thomas were Carl Fee, W.W. Cornwall, E. Taggert, J.P. Gable and W.C. Barton. Through the committee, a match-play tournament sprung. Topping the group of 60 in the inaugural event was Warren Dickinson of Des Moines, a former state champion. Lee Herron of Des Moines, who went on to win the next three tournaments, took the runner-up spot the first year.

The early efforts of committee chair Walter Thomas lead to the surge of the Northwest Am's popularity. According to his son, Tom Thomas, Walter used his newspaper contacts through the Des Moines Register to give the tournament state-wide prominence. "In those days, we got more publicity than any other tournament in the state," Tom Thomas said. "Give credit to Dad. He made sure we got more publicity than anyone else." Walter Thomas continued as tournament chairman until 1939 when Jack Kirk took over. Kirk served for four years, Thomas served another two, and then Emory Snyder took the helm through 1963. Other tournament chairmen were Ozzy Osborn and Bob WoodsIn 1997 Bob Rose took over the position and held it for 17 years.  The present day chairman is Bill Zinn.  Thomas also donated the first trophy to the tournament. The traveling trophy was appropriately named after Thomas. Thomas was also a three-time champion. "You can't compare him to today's golfers," said Tom Thomas. "He was an irons man. He hit them where they paid off."

Blaine Asher was another prominent Spencer competitor in the Northwest Am in the early years. He was a finalist five years in a row and won in 1926 and 1927. According to an article in the July, 1964 edition of The Iowa Golfer, Asher also holds the distinction of being the first in the tournament to have his caddie lug around a stool for him to sit on while waiting on other players. It's said that he pulled out a magazine each time he sat down. Medal play was introduced to the tournament in 1931. Walter Thomas and Dick Tang of Fort Dodge battled it out in the finals that year, ending in a 287 tie. They were still tied after 17 holes, but Tang won on the 18th play-off hole after Thomas missed a four-foot putt.

Throughout history, the Northwest Am has earned respect as Iowa's only 72-hole tournament. It's also a regular stop for amateurs hoping to earn points towards a state amateur championship.

The record tournament score stood for many years at 270, first being shot in 1958 by Denison's Bob Leashy and then two years later by John Liechty of Marshalltown. The mark was matched a third time by Ryan Vermeer of Omaha in 1999.  Then Curtis Holck of Mason City shot back to back 270's in 2004 and 2005.  In 2011, Kirby Pettitt of Carroll bested it by one stroke with a 269.  In 2014, Ben Wollam of Marshalltown played the par 4's 15 under par and set the current tournament record at 268.

Throughout its over 90 years, the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament has survived the moving of the country club. It has seen many faces come and go, while others seem to come back year after year. But no matter what period in the tournament's history you look at, it has always attracted a lot of attention with its mix of superb golfers and casual week night warriors. "I can remember when we moved to town in the '50s, watching (the tournament) was the thing to do in town when it was happening," said Bob Rose. "It was great to watch top-notch golfers at that time."

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Qualifying Scores

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Tournament Champions

Year Golfer Score
2014 Ben Wollam
Marshalltown, IA
268#
2013 Trent Peterson
Eagan, MN
277
2012 Scott Benson
Jackson, MN
271
2011 Kirby Pettitt
Carroll, IA
269
2010 Ryan Peterson
Eagan, MN
274
2009 Joshua Manske
Algona, IA
274
2008 Wade Pettitt
Carroll, IA
272
2007 Tom Carlson
Sioux Falls, SD
206*
2006 Cory Braunschweig
West Des Moines, IA
204*
2005 Curtis Holck
Mason City, IA
270
2004 Curtis Holck
Mason City, IA
270
2003 Mark Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD
276
2002 Mike Lewis
Waterloo, IA
272
2001 Mike Lewis
Waterloo, IA
276
2000 Ron Peterson
Urbandale, IA
275
1999 Ryan Vermeer
Omaha, NE
270
1998 Adam Babb
Ottumwa, IA
209*
1997 Jeff Opheim
San Marcos, TX
274
1996 Jason Knutzon
Eagle Grove, IA
137*
1995 Sean McCarty
West Branch, IA
204*
1994 Chris Vandell
Des Moines, IA
284
1993 Steve Smith
Grimes, IA
283
1992 Jon Brown
Urbandale, IA
280
1991 Jay Muller
Omaha, NE
279
1990 Mike Winkel
Algona, IA
283
1989 Shawn Haberstroh
Rapid City, SD
282
1988 Jim Currell
Boone, IA
282
1987 Perry Busse
Waverly, IA
279
1986 Mike Ketcham
Ottumwa, IA
282
1985 Mike Ketcham
Ottumwa, IA
279
1984 Greg Tebbutts
Bettendorf, IA
274
1983 Jim Hamilton
Wesley, IA
283
1982 Jim Currell
Boone, IA
280
1981 Steve Gaer
West Des Moines, IA
214*
1980 Ivan Miller
Eldora, IA
283
1979 Mike Bender
Cedar Falls, IA
283
1978 Mike Bender
Cedar Falls, IA
287
1977 Bob Leahy
Cedar Falls, IA
279
1976 Mark Rohde
Marshalltown, IA
274
1975 Tom Chapman Jr.
Ft. Dodge, IA
248*
1974 Lon Nielson
Belle Plaine, IA
284
1973 Tom Chapman Jr.
Ft. Dodge, IA
287
1972 Tom Chapman Jr.
Ft. Dodge, IA
210*
1971 Tom Chapman Jr.
Ft. Dodge, IA
273
1970 Bob Vermeer
Sioux City, IA
282
1969 J.D. Turner
Perry, IA
274
1968 Jim Mitchell
Des Moines, IA
277
1967 Jim Carney
Centerville, IA
280
1966 Ralph Compiano
Des Moines, IA
286
1965 George Turner
Spencer, IA
289
1964 Rod Bliss III
Des Moines, IA
285
1963 George Lee
Humboldt, IA
274
1962 Steve Spray
Indianola, IA
274
1961 Jack Rule
Waterloo, IA
273
1960 John Liechty
Marshalltown, IA
270
1959 Jack Webb
Spirit Lake, IA
210*
1958 Bob Leahy
Denison, IA
270
1957 Bob Astleford
Omaha, NE
281
1956 Sarg Fontanin
Des Moines, IA
279
1955 Jim English
Omaha, NE
277
1954 John Stoltz
Ottumwa, IA
276
1953 Fred Gordon
Belmond, IA
281
1952 Jim English
Red Oak, IA
273
1951 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids, IA
278
1950 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapds, IA
278
1949 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids, IA
283
1948 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids, IA
285
1947 Ed Updegraaf
Boone, IA
280
1946 Phil Donohue
Sioux City, IA
279
1945 Harold Shaw
Newton, IA
284
1944 No Tournament
1943 No Tournament
1942 C. Tyrrel Garth
Beaumont, TX
276
1941 Ed Updegraaf
Boone, IA
282
1940 Ed Updegraaf
Boone, IA
286
1939 Bill Cordingley
Des Moines, IA
287
1938 Hal Chase
Boone, IA
290
1937 Bill Cordingley
Des Moines, IA
300
1936 Bill Hall
Boone, IA
282
1935 John Kraft
Denver, CO
299
1934 John Kraft
Olewein, IA
300
1933 Hal Chase
Des Moines, IA
288
1932 Walt Thomas
Spencer, IA
285
1931 Dick Tang
Spencer , IA
287
1930 Dick Arney
Spencer, IA
1929 Walt Thomas
Spencer, IA
1928 Walt Thomas
Spencer, IA
1927 Blaine Asher
Spencer, IA
1926 Blaine Asher
Spencer, IA
1925 Dale Jones
Spencer, IA
1924 Lee Herron
Sioux City, IA
1923 Lee Herron
Sioux City, IA
1922 Lee Herron
Sioux City, IA
1921 Warren Dickinson
Des Moines, IA
* Denotes years where tournament was shortened
# Denotes tournament-record score
From 1921-31, no records were available on the winning score

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