DURANT — It’s been said, and known, for years that Jones County possesses some of the best women’s amateur golfers in the state of Iowa.
Anamosa’s Fawn Creek Country Club has proven that fact time and again over much of the last decade.
Sunday, Aug. 6, the Anamosa club’s Jones County neighbors went out and cemented that fact, dominating the Women’s Eastern Iowa tournament.
Not only did the Fawn Creek Country Club claim their fifth straight Women’s Eastern Iowa championship, but Monticello and Anamosa’s Wapsi Country Club followed suit finishing second and third, respectively, at the prestigious one-day, 18-hole event held on the Wahkonsa Country Club course in Durant.
Fawn Creek was simply sensational.
The Anamosa club was the heavy favorite coming into the tournament, and the veteran Fawn Creek group, who also welcomed some extremely talented newcomers, cruised to the team championship firing a 580 score that bested runner-up Monticello by an amazing 24 shots.
Monticello finished with a team score of 604 while Wapsi completed the Jones County sweep of the top-three team spots, taking third with a solid 625 performance.
Fawn Creek didn’t only dominate the team standings, they did the same on the individual side of things as well, as first-time Eastern Iowa golf participant Kathy (Dearborn) Davies claimed the top spot finishing with a sizzling score of four-over par 76, the only score in the 70’s among all 72 golfers competing.
Davies, a former Raider standout in numerous sports back in the late 1990s before moving to Geneseo, Illinois her sophomore year, opened her round with a 36, the low nine-hole total of the tournament.
Davies finished her tournament with a 40 and was four strokes better than teammate Lynette Seaton, another regular among Eastern Iowa’s elite golfers.
Seaton made her way through the nine-hole Wahkonsa Country Club course with a round of 80, shooting two identical scores of 40.
With Davies and Seaton shooting sensational scores, the pressure was off many of their teammates, but the Fawn Creek team still responded coming through with more outstanding efforts.
An amazing seven of Fawn Creek’s nine total golfers carded rounds in the 80s or lower, allowing the team to easily pull away from the competition as four golfers finished in the top-5 at the event.
Fawn Creek newcomer Megan Sailer added a round of 81 (40-41), placing in a tie for third overall with Monticello’s Lauren Ries (41-40) while Fawn Creek’s Nancy Updegraff came through with an 82 (41-41), a score that placed her in a tie for fifth overall with Monticello’s Aspen Lynch (40-42).
Sailer claimed a trophy as Fawn Creek’s Eastern Iowa club champion since Davies and Seaton were crowned overall champion and runner-up.
Kim Kieckhaefer tallied an 86 (39-47) that just finished outside the tournament top-10 at 11th for the Fawn Creek team while teammate Teresa Dusil came through with a round of 87 (40-47) that tied for 15th overall.
Kate Buchholtz, another first-time Eastern Iowa Fawn Creek participant made her way through the par-36 course with a card of 88 (46-42).
Also competing for the Fawn Creek team were longtime Eastern Iowa standouts Carol Klocke (49-50) and Karen Stoll (52-48) who posted scores of 99 and 100, respectively.
Fawn Creek was the only club in the eight-team tournament to post back to back nine-hole team scores in the 200s, opening with a 282 that pushed the team to an 11-stoke advantage over Monticello, who had the only other 200 team score with an opening-round 293.
Fawn Creek finished with a 298 while Monticello carded a final-round 311 to end 24-strokes back of the champions.