ANAMOSA - Having come so close to knocking off powerful and defending champion Fawn Creek last year at the Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association tournament (WEIGA), Anamosa’s Wapsi Country Club felt they had a team that could at least give the hosts this year a run for the top spot Sunday, Aug. 4.
While the title didn’t happen, what the Wapsi women were able to accomplish was still extremely impressive.
The one-day, 18-hole tournament quickly became a race for second place as Fawn Creek dominated the eight-team event early on their own home course, and it was once again Wapsi who won that race for the coveted WEIGA runner-up trophy, claiming the spot for the second year in a row.
“What a great day,” said Deb Byers, as she helped her Wapsi team fire a card of 608 score to top third-place Monticello (626) by an impressive 18 shots.
“We’re so pleased we got second place two years in a row. Fawn Creek is a tough team to beat, but we never gave up.”
Fawn Creek, who most expected would, cruised to their seventh straight WEIGA team championship winning the event by 60 strokes finishing with a card of 548 on their par 75 (39-36) home course.
But Wapsi wasn’t without their own tournament heroics as well, making sure Anamosa clubs were well represented at the top of each leaderboard.
Hannah Houska, just one year out of high school, and who claimed a Wapsi club title just a week earlier, was on her game yet again this time at the Fawn Creek Country Club finishing in a tie for second overall individually with Fawn Creek’s Lynette Seaton and Kara Hunt, who all turned in cards of 77.
Houska (41-36), Seaton (41-36) and Hunt (41-36) all tied for the low second nine-hole totals of the entire tournament with rounds of 36 each and entered a playoff for the coveted WEIGA runner-up honor.
After Houska and Seaton tied with a pair of pars on the first playoff hole, the pair played Fawn Creek’s No. 9 hole a second time, from the par-4 distance this time, and it was Houska who would bring the huge gallery behind the green to their feet.
Houska chipped in from just off the green for a birdie to claim the tournament runner-up honor for the first time which brought the 70th annual event to an end.
But what a showing once again from the two Anamosa clubs.
Not only did Fawn Creek and Wapsi claim the top two spots in the team standings, but after Houska’s heroics, they did in the individual standings as well.
Fawn Creek’s Kathy Davies topped the entire field with a sizzling one-under par round of 74 (37-37) that claimed WEIGA individual honors.
Fawn Creek golfers claimed seven of the tournament’s top-10 scores with only Houska and Monticello’s Aspen Lynch (44-37) and Lauren Ries (40-42) breaking it up. Lynch carded an 81 to place eighth overall while Ries tied for ninth with an 82.
Defending 2018 WEIGA champion Cassie Caldwell finished her tournament in grand style for the Wapsi team, equaling Houska, Seaton and Hunt for the low second nine-hole total of the tournament with an even-par 36. The score wrapped an 83 (47-36) day that just missed a spot in the top-10 (11th), but did earn her the club’s top scoring honor.
Laurie Woods (44-43) and Debbie Schultz (48-39) both came through with top-20 scores placing 15th overall after turning in cards of 87 each while Jenny Houska added an 88 (47-41) for the Wapsi team that was 19th overall.
Also taking to the course for the Wapsi team at the 70th annual WEIGA event were Deb Byers (51-44) 95, Ryann Pratt (51-45) 96, Angie Ditch (51-46) 97 and Mary Zabloudil (51-52) 103.
Wapsi opened with a first nine-hole team total of 329, that placed them fourth at the time, but a sizzling 279, the second-lowest nine-hole team total on the day trailing only Fawn Creek’s final round 260, pulled Wapsi quickly up the team standings.
As well as topping third-place Monticello, Wapsi defeated Solon (324-307) 631, Tipton (332-320) 652, Wahkonsa (354-311) 665, West Liberty (350-328) 678 and Kernoustie (352-336) 688.