Iowa Amateur: Oimoen wins in playoff
30 Jul 2008
see also: Iowa Amateur Championship, Tournament Club of Iowa


DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 30, 2008)--Mike Oimoen of Clear Lake shot a final round of 1-under 69 and defeated Michael Wuertz of Davenport in a playoff to capture the 106th Iowa Amateur Championship held at Davenport Country Club. He finished the three-day tourney at 1-over-par 211.

Oimoen called a penalty on himself in round two when he had addressed his ball on the putting green of the 8th hole and the ball moved slightly. That cost him a one stroke penalty and eventually meant he went to a playoff with Wuertz, who fired a final round 71 to finish at 1-over 211. Oimoen won with a par on the first playoff hole (No. 18).

"I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I knew I had cheated," the 2007 Match Play champ told the Des Moines Register. "If I hadn't called that penalty on myself, I would have put an asterisk by my name, but it's a game of honor. It's the right thing to do."

Oimoen's round was buoyed by a chip-in for par at the 15th hole and a clutch birdie at the signature 16th hole.

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54 hole stroke play championship of Iowa. Three qualifying sites will determine the final field of 156. The field is cut to the low 60 and ties for the final round. Must be an active Iowa Golf Association (IGA) member.

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