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Indiana (IGA) Mid-Amateur Championship

LEESBURG, IN (August 19, 2005) -- Mike Bell of Indianapolis held his first round lead to win the 23rd Annual Indiana Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Tippecanoe Lake CC here.

Mike Bell, former IGA Board President, shot a 6-under-par 64 in the first round to lead the field by just one shot over Sean Rowen of Indianapolis.

Bell started his round with a birdie on the first, atoning for his only bogey during the first round. He went on to score seven pars and one more birdie at the seventh. He made the turn at minus-8 for the tournament.

Rowen also played well on the front, he had an eagle on the par-5 first to get tie Bell for the lead at minus-7. He finished the nine with a bogey at the sixth and a birdie at the ninth. He made the turn at minus-6, just one shot behind Bell.

Nichols also scored a 2-under-par 33 on the front nine. He scored seven pars and two birdies. He had one birdie at the par-4 fifth and another at the par-4 ninth. He made the turn at minus-5.

Bell shot an even par 35 on the back nine to finish the tournament. He scored a birdie at the par-5 14th and a bogey at the par-4 16th.

Rowen had a difficult back nine with a bogey at the par-3 11th. He followed up with a birdie at the 12th, but followed it up with another bogey at the 13th. He bounced back with a birdie at the 14th but finished with a double on 15 and a bogey on 17. Rowen finished at 4-over-par for the tournament.

Nichols played the back 1-under-par scoring eight straight pars and a birdie at the 18th. Nichols finished at 6-under-par and in second place for the tournament.

Bell finished at 8-under-par to win the tournament by two shots. Bell was excited about the victory and said “I just tried to keep things in perspective today”. He went on to say “I tried to stay calm and make good shots and it worked for me today

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