Experience pays off for Dennis Bull at the 118th Iowa Amateur
Dennis Bull (Iowa Golf Association)
Mid-am Dennis Bull felt comfortable from the get-go at the 118th Iowa Amateur Championship this week.
“Coming into this week I had been playing really well,” Bull told the Iowa Golf Association. “Honestly I hit it awesome this week. I really had control of the ball and drove it well all three days.”
That was until Wednesday’s final round where Bull self-admittedly felt shaky with the flat stick.
“Today, I hate to admit it, but I was nervous with the putter most of the day,” he said. “I had a lot of opportunities but didn’t make any of them, other than a par putt on No. 5… I was really happy with the way I played today.”
As he built a five-shot cushion over the first two rounds of the championship with an opening 5-under 65 and a 1-under 69, Bull knew the rest of his game could carry him through the final 18.
Coasting through the front side at 1-under, Bull faltered slightly with a bogey on No. 10. Gaining the dropped stroke back on the par-5 13th, he fell stagnant on the day once again with a bogey on the 14th.
“Obviously someone is going to make a run,” Bull said following his closing 69. “I just tried to stay patient and hit greens. I tried not to make mistakes coming in. There are some pins out here you just can’t go at.”
The Norwalk, Iowa native not only carried his overnight lead to a championship win, but he built off of it, winning by six shots.
Finishing runner-up as the only other competitor under-par was 2020 Iowa Golf Association Match Play winner Connor Peck. Peck, a University of Kansas senior, closed out the tournament with an even-par 70 for a 209 (-1) total.
Bull used past experiences to take home the IGA Amateur as he worked at Davenport Country Club as a cart attendant in exchange for playing privileges.
“I have played here (at DCC) 15-20 times here prior to this event,” Bull said. “I worked the cart barn out here one or two nights a week (several years ago), so I could play out here.”
Griffin Parker (Northern Iowa) and Trent Lindenman tied for third at 1-over-par.
ABOUT THE Iowa Amateur
54 hole stroke play championship of Iowa.
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
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