OTTUMWA — *****
Ottumwa’s Walker romps to IGA Junior Player of the Year honors
The way this week is going, Matthew Walker’s going to need to get a much bigger trophy case then he already has
Walker, who won the Class 4A individual state championship on Saturday in Polk City, nearly doubled up the point total of second-place finisher Dustin Atkinson of Ames in the Iowa Golf Association Junior Player of the Year race. The 15-year old Ottumwan amassed a total of 1507.8 points while Atkinson, who is 17 years old, finished with 817.3 points.
The highlights of Walker’s season were his victory includes his 4A state tournament title this past weekend and a victory in the Iowa Junior Amateur this past June. In both events, Atkinson finished second. Walker also finished solo third at two Amateur Junior Golf Association events, the AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks and the AJGA Junior All-Star at Eagle Ridge.
Both Walker and Atkinson performed very well when they stepped up to compete against the older set. Walker tied for second at the Ottumwa Amateur and tied for 17th at the Iowa Amateur. Atkinson made the round of 16 at the IGA Match Play and tied for 27th at the Iowa Amateur.
Warrior linkster Tucker sets new Cedar Creek course record
Mitch Tucker has already proven he thrive on one of Ottumwa’s golf courses this fall. Now, the former Oskaloosa star has bragging rights on both courses.
Tucker set the new course record at Cedar Creek Golf Course last week, posting a 61 during a practice round with Warrior teammates Kevin Workman and Conner Peck. The record round comes just a few weeks after Tucker fired a round of 67 in rainy adverse conditions during the second round of IHCC’s home Community First Credit Union Invitational at the Ottumwa Country Club.
According to Cedar Creek manager Greg Wilson, Tucker’s record round came on a very good day of work for the defending two-time NJCAA DI national champion Warriors. The practice round for the IHCC golfers included individual rounds of 63, 64 and 69 which would have given Mike Hagen’s squad an incredible team round of 257.
IHCC has won six of their last seven tournaments stretching from a five-tourney win streak to cap last season to their most recent win at their own Community First Credit Union Invite last month. The Warriors will continue the fall portion of their season next week at the Cougar Golf Classic in Chicago, Illinois.
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