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Olson wins his second Iowa Match Play
Jon Olson
Jon Olson

Jon Olson has done this before, it’s just been eight years. On Thursday, Olson won the Iowa State Match Play for the second time in his career, getting past Tyler Smith, 1 up, to do it.

This is not the first time that Olson has repeated at a state championship. The mid-amateur won the Iowa Mid-Amateur in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015.

In the championship match of the Iowa Match Play at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, Iowa, Olson immediately went down to Smith, and was 2 down by the fifth tee. He started clawing his way back, but never led until No. 15. He won back-to-back holes at Nos. 15 and 16 and even though Smith won 17, Olson held steady for a 1-up win.

To get to the final, Olson had to win matches against Ben Epperly, Jake Patterson, Jesper Holke-Farnam, Scott Hart and Ryan Benes.

ABOUT THE Iowa Match Play

18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine a 64- player match play bracket. The defending champion is exempt from the 18-hole qualifying round. The defending champion may choose to compete in the qualifying round to earn medalist honors but is assured of no lower than the #2 seed in Match Play. Must be an IGA member.

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