ANAMOSA - The best of area linksmen hit the local courses Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, looking to state their claim as Anamosa’s top golfer as the Wapsi Country Club and Fawn Creek Country Club hosted the annual two-day, 36-hole City tournament.

      As expected, the competition, as well as the weather, was extremely hot, and to no one’s surprise 36 holes would not be enough to determine a champion as Darin Sander, the defending champion, and Scott Nemmers tied for the top spot with two-day totals of three-under par 135.

      Sander claimed his second straight City golf title defeating Nemmers in a one-hole playoff at the Fawn Creek Country Club Sunday afternoon.

      It was Nemmers however, who opened the tournament Saturday turning in the top 18-hole score of the event with a sizzling three-under par round of 63 (32-31) and led after the first day’s play by two shots over Sander, who was second after coming through with a one-under par round of 65 (33-32).

      The two stayed tight at Fawn Creek as well as Sander carded the top score on Sunday with a two-under par 70 (35-35) to catch Nemmers who finished with an even-par 72 (36-36).

      Brian McDonald kept himself in the hunt the entire time as well, finishing just three strokes off Sander’s and Nemmers’ pace coming through with an even-par 138. McDonald was sitting in a tie for third after the first day’s day at Wapsi carding a solid one-over 67 (34-33) before finishing at Wapsi with a one-under 71 (37-34).

      Sean Smith, who has also won numerous City golf championships over the years, was among the leaders coming through with a two-day total of one-over par 139 (68-71) while Mike Carrier (68-73) and Mike McGreevy (69-72) tied for fifth overall with rounds of three-over par 141.

      Bret McNamara got off to a hot start Saturday at Wapsi as his one-over par round of 67 (32-35) had him tied for third before finishing his 18-holes at Fawn Creek with a 77 (37-40) that left him seventh overall with a solid card of 144.

      Brett Seeley (71-75) and Mitch Martensen (71-75) tied for eighth overall as each turned in cards of 146 while Chad Norton rounded out the City tournament top-10 coming through with a 147 (68-79).

      Wayne Hora (70-78) and Dave Marshall (71-77) tied for 11th overall each making their way through with scores of 148 while Dan Messerli (71-80), Ed Rodts (71-80), Mike Ammeter (73-78) and Lenny Rhomberg III all tied fore 13th posting scores of 151.

      Loni Seeley’s 152 (71-81) was good enough to finish 17th with Andrew Reynolds (68-85) and Jim Petrak (77-76) taking 18th after turning in scores of 153.

      Steve Orendorf rounded out the Anamosa City tournament top-20 coming through with a 154 (72-82).

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