IOWA CITY, Iowa (June 27, 2013) — After a rain delay and two days of play, fellow Hawkeyes Ian Vandersee and Ryan Marks will compete for the IGA Match Play title at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. This is Marks's second time in the finals, as he was runner up to Cody Schweinefus of Decorah in 2010.
After a qualifying round of 72 to obtain the 10 seed, Marks ousted his opening round opponent, Dale Morrison of Cedar Rapids, in a 7 and 6 decision. The round of 32 proved tougher, as George Qian of Bettendorf kept it close down the stretch. Marks eventually took control, winning 3 and 2. Marks' opponent for the round of 16 was J.D. Anderson, who was a two-time runner up in this event. Marks prevailed 4 and 3 to set up a Quarterfinal match with former Hawkeye and Iowa Golf Hall of Famer Gene Elliott of West Des Moines. Elliott stood on the 16th tee 2 up on Marks, but bogeys on 16 and 17 set the pair back to all square heading to 18. With both men looking for the win, Marks landed his approach shot to a foot for a conceded birdie that ended the match. In the semifinal match against Josh Black of Oelwein, Marks controlled the match all the way through, winning 4 and 2. Vandersee qualified with a round of 75, earning him the 32 seed. A win in the opening round of match play against Sam Zoske of Marshalltown set up Vandersee's round of 32 match against number 1 seed and teammate Nate Yankovich. The two Hawkeyes battled it out in the morning match, with Vandersee gaining the advantage and upsetting the tournament medalist, 4 and 3. The round of 16 brought another familiar face, Ben Juffer of West Des Moines. Juffer and Vandersee grew up in the same neighborhood in West Des Moines. The match was close all the way till the end, with Vandersee heading to the 18th hole dormie at 1 up. An errant tee shot into the left side trees put the match in doubt, with Juffer putting his approach shot just off the back of the green with a back hole location. After sizing up his options, Vandersee took an aggressive line through the trees, landing a miraculous shot 15 feet below the hole to halve the hole and win the match. This wild match set up another battle against a fellow Hawkeye teammate, this time against 2013 Sunnehanna Amateur Champion and 2013 first team All-Big Ten selection Steven Ihm. Vandersee opened up an early advantage against his fellow teammate, working it to 4 up after 13 holes. Ihm kept it alive on the 16th, but was unable to continue his momentum, with Vandersee winning 3 and 2. The semifinals brought yet another Hawkeye as Vandersee's opponent, this time former Hawkeye Jeff Collett of Ottumwa. The match remained even through the first nine holes, but a bogey by Collett on 10 gave Vandersee his first lead of the match. The match was back and forth over the next few holes, with Vandersee entering 17 2-up. The two competitors halved the hole to give Vandersee a 2 and 1 victory and secure his spot in the final match.
Heavy rain canceled the opening day of play, but the grounds crew did a fantastic job making the course ready for play on the second day. After the first two rounds of matches, the Quarterfinals set up with six of the eight competitors with ties to the University of Iowa. Vanersee, Marks, and Ihm are all current players, Dan Holerhaus of Coralville is a former player and current assisstant coach. Elliott and Collett are former players. The final match will take place Friday at 7:30 a.m. Follow the Iowa Golf Association on Twitter for updates. (@IowaGolfAssn)
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