Northwest Iowa Amateur Golf

Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament Details

Tournament Dates

July 31, 2014 - August 3, 2014

Course Location

Spencer Golf & Country Club
Spencer, IA

Announcements

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Online registration for the 2014 Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament will be available May 1, 2014 thru July 20, 2014.  Registering online lets you pay the tournament fee using a credit card/PayPal or you can print the tournament registration form and mail it in along with a check for the tournament fees.

Make sure and fill out the form to the right titled "Stay Up-To-Date". We will send out emails when the 2014 online tournament registrations open.

We will no longer be charging for trail fees & you get 1 free bag of range balls per tournament round played at check-in. Additional bags will be available for purchase in the club house.

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Fees

Tournament Registration $130.00 per golfer

This covers all your rounds of golf and includes 1 bag of range balls per qualified day.

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Cart Rental $30.00 per 18 holes

Two people may share a cart.

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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, Bob Woods, and then present-day Bob Rose. 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 tournament's best score of 270 was reached three times, the first time by Denison's Bob Leashy in 1958, and then two years later by John Liechty of Marshalltown. Ryan Vermeer matched the mark the third time in 1999.

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."

Tee Times & Daily Scores

Qualifying Tee Times

Final Round Tee Times

Qualifying Scores

Final Round Scores

Tournament Golfers

Tournament Champions

Year Golfer Score
2013 Trent Peterson
Eagan, MN
277
2012 Scott Benson
Jackson, MN
271
2011 Kirby Pettitt
Carroll, IA
269#
2010 Ryan Peterson
Egan, 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
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
Marshaltown
274
1975 Tom Chapman Jr.
Ft. Dodge, IA
248*
1974 Lon Nielson
Belle Plaine
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
274
1968 Jim Mitchell
Des Moines, IA
277
1967 Jim Carney
Centerville
280
1966 Ralph Compiano
Des Moines, IA
286
1965 George Turner
Spencer, IA
289
1964 Rod Bliss III
Des Moines
285
1963 George Lee
Humboldt
274
1962 Steve Spray
Indianola
274
1961 Jack Rule
Waterloo
273
1960 John Liechty
Marshalltown
270
1959 Jack Webb
Spirit Lake
210*
1958 Bob Leahy
Denison
270
1957 Bob Astleford
Omaha, NE
281
1956 Sarg Fontanin
Des Moines
279
1955 Jim English
Omaha
277
1954 John Stoltz
Ottumwa
276
1953 Fred Gordon
Belmond
281
1952 Jim English
Red Oak
273
1951 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids
278
1950 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapds
278
1949 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids
283
1948 John Jacobs
Cedar Rapids
285
1947 Ed Updegraaf
Boone
280
1946 Phil Donohue
Sioux City
279
1945 Harold Shaw
Newton
284
1944 No Tournament
1943 No Tournament
1942 C. Tyrrel Garth
Beaumont, TX
276
1941 Ed Updegraaf
Boone
282
1940 Ed Updegraaf
Boone
286
1939 Bill Cordingley
Des Moines
287
1938 Hal Chase
Boone
290
1937 Bill Cordingley
Des Moines
300
1936 Bill Hall
Boone
282
1935 John Kraft
Denver, CO
299
1934 John Kraft
Olewein
300
1933 Hal Chase
Des Moines
288
1932 Walt Thomas
Spencer
285
1931 Dick Tang
Spencer
287
1930 Dick Arney
Spencer
1929 Walt Thomas
Spencer
1928 Walt Thomas
Spencer
1927 Blaine Asher
Spencer
1926 Blaine Asher
Spencer
1925 Dale Jones
Spencer
1924 Lee Herron
Sioux City
1923 Lee Herron
Sioux City
1922 Lee Herron
Sioux City
1921 Warren Dickinson
Des Moines
* 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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