ANAMOSA - Make no mistake about it.
Anamosa has some absolutely amazing amateur golfers, which makes what Mike Carrier accomplished Sunday, July 22, competing at the annual Anamosa City golf tournament, that much more incredible.
Carrier claimed his sixth overall City golf championship after making his way through the Wapsi and Fawn Creek Country Club courses with a sizzling two-day total of two-under par 136 (64-72) this past weekend.
Somehow, even while going against the very best golfers the area has to offer, Carrier makes it look ridiculously easy.
Carrier finished the first day of play at the Wapsi Country Club Saturday, July 21, with a sensational round of two-under par 64 (30-34), which included a round of three-under par 30 on his first nine holes of play.
Carrier tied with Mike McGreevy (31-33) for the day-one lead while Sean Smith (33-33) and Mitch Martensen (34-32) were just two strokes off the pace with cards of even-par 66.
Al Recker (34-33) and Chad Norton (32-35) were also right in the hunt turning in scores of 67 each at Wapsi.
The tournament moved to the Fawn Creek Country Club Sunday, July 22, and that’s where Carrier separated himself from the pack.
Carrier carded the second-best score on the day, an even-par 72 (36-36), and pulled away to win the tournament by three shots.
Norton also tallied a 72 (38-34) on Sunday, which included a sizzling two-under par scored of 34 in his final nine holes, finished second overall with a two-day total of 139 (67-72) edging past Recker, who also carded a 139 at the event as well as a 72 (35-37) at Fawn Creek.
Lenny Rhomberg III also made a big move on Sunday, as his round of 72 (37-35) at Fawn Creek moved him to fourth-place overall at the tournament finishing with a 140 (68-72).
Darin Sander, who had the low 18-hole score at Fawn Creek on Sunday with a one-under par 71 (33-38), tied for fifth overall at the tournament with a two-day total of 141 (70-71).
Smith (66-75), the defending champion, and Martensen (66-75) tied for fifth-place with Sander turning in their scores of 141 each.
Scott Nemmers, a teammate of Smith’s on the 1999 Anamosa High School state championship golf team, also turned in a top-10 score coming through with a 143 (70-73) that tied for eighth overall with another member of that ‘99 title team, Bret McNamara (68-75).
McGreevy slipped into a tie for eighth with Nemmers and McNamara after carding a 79 (40-39) on Sunday.
Rounding out the top-20 individuals at the Anamosa City tournament were: 11th-Brett Seeley (71-73) 144; 12th- Dan Messerli (74-72) 146, Troy Bergmann (71-75) 146 and Ed Rodts (68-78) 146; 15th- Dave Marshall (66-81) 147 and Loni Seeley (71-76) 147; 17th- Andrew Reynolds (71-77) 148; 18th-Dennis Kula (76-74) 150; 19th- Joel Downing (74-77) 151 and Ryan Davies (77-74) 151.
The first round of play at the Wapsi Country Club also saw a rare and amazing feat completed as Marshall, a longtime Wapsi Country Club golfer, finished with an 18-hole score of 66 that bettered his age of 72.
The Wapsi Country Club is going to be busy over the next few weeks hosting the Club tournament this weekend before the women’s Eastern Iowa tournament comes to town Sunday, Aug. 5.
The men’s Eastern Iowa tournament will also be held at Wapsi Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12.