ANAMOSA - It’s the only time all summer long that the best of the Anamosa golf community comes together as individuals, instead of member clubs, competing to see who’s number one at the two-day, 36-hole Anamosa City tournament.
Over the last 11 years, that one has usually been Mike Carrier (won titles in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018) or Sean Smith (2008, 2013, 2016 and 2017), who have traded Anamosa City tournament championships nine times in that span with titles from Loni Seeley (2010) and Mike McGreevy (2015) mixed in.
But, a new name burst onto the scene Sunday, July 21, well, maybe not so new, as Darin Sander, who has regularly been high on the leader board each and every summer, finally claimed the top spot all for himself.
Sander was brilliant opening with a three-under par card of 69 (34-35) during the first round of action at the Fawn Creek Country Club Saturday, July 20, before closing with a two-over par 68 (36-32) at the Wapsi Country Club on Sunday.
Sander’s 137 two-day total topped Carrier by three strokes for the championship.
Carrier fired a 71 (35-36) and sat in second-place behind Sander’s tournament leading score on Saturday before finishing with a 69 (34-35) at Wapsi walking off the course Sunday with a 140 card that claimed tournament runner-up honors.
The race for the third spot saw some sensational Sunday scoring, led by a sizzling round of two-under par 64 (33-31) from Mitch Martensen, who carded the third-best score at the event with a two-way total of 142.
Martensen started his journey firing a 78 (38-40) at Fawn Creek on Saturday, nine strokes behind Sander, but his Sunday tally allowed him to gain four shots on the leader and vault seven spots in the individual standings.
Smith showed once again that he continues to be one of the community’s best golfers finishing fourth overall with his 143 total.
Smith sat five strokes behind Sander after a first-round 74 (39-35) and made it through his home Wapsi course with a 69 (34-35) to finish six strokes off the lead.
Loni Seeley, another one of Sunday’s top shooters, rounded out the tournament top-5 with a score of 144.
Seeley, who opened with an 80 (40-40) at Fawn Creek, was on fire at Wapsi on Sunday equaling Martensen for the low score of the day firing a 64 (33-31).
Mike McGreevy (75-70) and Cole Sander (73-72) tied for sixth overall with scores of 145 each while Bret McNamara (79-67), Scott Nemmers (77-69) and Al Recker (78-68) rounded out the tournament top-10 all tying for eighth overall with scores of 146 each.
McNamara’s card of 67 (31-36) on Sunday was the third-best on the day, and allowed him to jump five spots in the individual standings.
Ed Rodts 147 (74-73), Dillon Eggers 147 (77-70), Denny Kula 150 (78-72), Dave Marshall 151 (79-72), Lenny Rhomberg III 152 (77-75), Brett Seeley 153 (83-70), Dan Messerli 154 (81-73), Bill Edleman 156 (78-78), Tracy Bergman 158 (82-76), Steve Orendorf 158 (84-74) and Andrew Reynolds 158 (82-76) completed the City tournament’s top-20 golfers.