ANAMOSA - There was some talk leading up to the 70th annual Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association (WEIGA) tournament at the Fawn Creek Country Club Sunday, Aug. 4, that the hosts could possibly win the one-day, 18-hole event by a whopping 50 strokes.
Well, they were almost right.
Most said it jokingly, knowing the rest of the WEIGA field was more than capable of giving the powerful and six-time defending champion Fawn Creek women a run for their money.
Well, the other seven teams taking part at the prestigious event can at least say they tried.
And the prognosticators were wrong too, as not only did Fawn Creek claim their seventh straight WEIGA team championship, but they did so by a phenomenal 60 strokes.
Fawn Creek finished the tournament with an 18 hole total of 548, as the top-7 from each team counted towards the team scoring, and topped runner-up Wapsi Country Club for the second year in a row as the fellow Anamosa club finished with a solid 608 score that was an impressive 18 strokes ahead of third-place Monticello (626).
Fawn Creek was so completely dominant that not only did the Anamosa club claim the overall champion (Kathy Davies), they also had four in the tournament top-5 and seven in the top-10.
All nine of Fawn Creek’s golfers actually turned in cards in the tournament top-20, a fact no other club at the event could come close to boasting.
But the day belonged to Davies, who claimed her second WEIGA individual championship in three years by making her way through the par-75 (39-36) course with a one-under par round of 74.
Davies posted the only score in the 30s of the entire first round tallying a sizzling two-under par 37 and led Lauren Ries at the turn after the Monticello golfer fired a 40 on her first nine holes of play.
It was Davies who kept up the pace however, finishing with a one-over par 37 on her final nine holes of play to claim the title by three shots over teammates Lynette Seaton (41-36) and Kara Hunt (41-36) as well as Wapsi’s Hannah Houska (41-36), who all tallied rounds of 77.
The threesome played some extra golf for the honor of WEIGA runner-up, and in a two-hole playoff it was Houska who chipped in from the fringe for a birdie on hole No. 9 to claim the coveted award.
Hunt and Seaton tied for the Fawn Creek club title, and will face each other in a playoff at a later date to determine the champion for the hosts.
Fawn Creek took firm control of the tournament from the get-go, as the hosts carded a sensational 288 score over the first nine holes of play and led second-place Solon (324) by 36 shots and third-place Monticello (326) by 38 strokes.
The two Anamosa clubs completely dominated the final nine holes of play however, as Wapsi made a run firing a 279 score that was only bested by Fawn Creek’s 260. The two clubs were the only teams in the entire tournament to card second nine-hole rounds in the 200s.
Solon, who got off to such a hot start, finished with a 307 and took fourth overall at the event tallying a 631 score while Tipton (332-320) 652, Wahkonsa (354-311) 665; West Liberty (350-328) 678 and Kernoustie (352-336) 688 rounded out the team scoring.
The individual scoring by the hosts was mind-boggling, as Teresa Dusil (41-38) and Nancy Updegraff (42-37) added rounds in the 70s for Fawn Creek finishing with cards of 79 each that tied for fifth overall.
Of the six total rounds on the 70s at the tournament, five were from Fawn Creek golfers.
Kim Kieckhaefer finished with an 80 (42-38) that was seventh overall while Kate Buchholtz turned in the final counting score for the hosts with an 82 (44-38) that also placed her in the tournament top-10 overall at No. 9.
Fawn Creek’s Megan Sailor made her way through the immaculate course with an 86 (46-40) that placed her in a tie for 13th overall while teammate Tasha Miller fired an 89 (45-44) that rounded out the tournament top-20.
The celebrating continued after the tournament as Kieckhaefer, Deb Plaster and Patty Frasher, all among the greatest golfers in Fawn Creek history, were all inducted into the WEIGA Hall of Fame during the emotional tribute.
Hunt, who will be attending Truman State University in Missouri on a golf scholarship, was named one of two WEIGA scholarship winners with Solon’s Amy Olberding.