ANAMOSA - Last week during the Anamosa City golf tournament, a two-day event held at both the Fawn Creek and Wapsi Country Club courses, a new name popped to the top of the leaderboard.
Sunday, July 28, another one jumped to the No. 1 spot at the thrilling end of the Wapsi club tournament.
And again, it was a name that everyone familiar with Anamosa amateur golf knew very well, because he’s been one of the best in the area for years, but was just missing that title-winning entry to what has already been a phenomenal golf resume.
Mission accomplished for Brett Seeley.
Going against a field that featured numerous club champions and some of the best golfers in all of eastern Iowa, it was Seeley (67-68) who persevered through winning his first-ever Wapsi club title in a two-hole playoff over Scott Nemmers (66-69) after both golfers tallied scores of 135 at the two-day, 36-hole event.
After the first round Saturday, July 27, it was Nemmers and Bret McNamara who shared the lead after each carded rounds of 66.
Nemmers was on fire Saturday turning in the low nine-hole score of the entire tournament with a four-under par 29 after opening with a 37 during his first nine holes of play.
McNamara opened with a 32 before finishing with a 34 on Saturday as he and Nemmers led Seeley, who fired a 67 (32-35), by a single stroke.
The second day would continue to see the race for the top spot to be extremely tight, as Al Recker, Ed Rodts and Lenny Rhomberg III all threw their hats into the ring turning in sizzling final rounds on Sunday to stay right in the mix.
But in the end, it was Seeley and Nemmers who bested the field.
Seeley carded a 68 on Sunday (34-34) while Nemmers fired a 69 (36-33).
McNamara just missed being included in the playoff lipping out a chip shot on the 18th and final hole of the tournament that would have given him a 135 total as well, but his 70 (37-33) on Sunday and 136 card placed him a solid third overall in the championship flight.
Recker turned in the best score on Sunday coming in with an even-par 66 (34-32) after opening with a 71 (33-38) on Saturday to complete his 137 two-day total and tied for fourth overall with Ed Rodts, who was four shots off the lead on Saturday firing a 70 (39-31) before turning in a 67 (35-32), on Sunday, the second-best round score of the day.
Rhomberg opened each day struggling to find his stroke through the first nine holes, but ended each playing sensational golf that once again saw him finish among the club’s top scorers with a 138.
Rhomberg carded a 69 (38-31) on Saturday, trimming a whopping seven shots off his score with a sizzling two-under-par final nine-hole effort before almost doing the same on Sunday, finishing with another 69 (37-32) that this time saw a five-shot improvement from his first nine-hole journey to his second.
Loni Seeley, another one of Wapsi’s all-time best over the years, turned in a 140 two-day total that saw both rounds end with 70s to place seventh all by himself while Mike Carrier (72-70) and Steve Orendorff (71-71) tied for eighth in the with cards of 142 each.
Sean Smith rounded out the Wapsi club tournament championship flight top-10 with a 145 (75-70).
Andrew Reynold 146 (73-73), Tom Ridgeway 147 (74-73), Wayne Hora 150 (76-74), Dave Marshall 150 (75-75), Dennis Kula 150 (78-72), Dan Messerli 151 (79-72), Mike Ammeter 154 (78-76), Nate Jones 154 (77-77), Ron Ruess 156 (79-77) and Kyle Koth 156 (79-77) completed the Wapsi club tournament’s championship flight top-20 scorers.
Jeff Christensen led all golfers not in the club tournament championship flight with a round of 77 (36-41) Sunday, July 28, claiming the top spot by four strokes over runners-up Lenny Rhomberg II (42-39) and Kip Moore (38-43) who both made their way through the Wapsi course with cards of 81 each.
Kim Seeley (40-42) and Gregg Seeley (39-43) tied for fourth with rounds of 82 each while Chris Caldwell 83 (42-41), Dan Gogel 83 (44-39), Drew Schultejans 83 (41-42), Don Herman 84 (43-41) and Eric Norton 86 (42-44) completed the Sunday flight scoring top-10.