The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

July 20, 2013

Local stars set to tee it up at Greater Ottumwa City Championship; OHS's Walker part of a talented field this weekend

OTTUMWA ­— Nothing against the talented players that were part of last year’s field, but it was hard to beat Mother Nature last year when it came to scorching the course at Cedar Creek Golf Course.

Last year’s summer-long drought took some of the focus of the field of last year’s Greater Ottumwa City Championships. That because, frankly, the field was concerned just how Cedar Creek Golf Course would be playing under such dry conditions.

Boy, what one full year saturated weather can do. If you want to see golfers struggling with a golf course drying out inhumanly this weekend, turn on ESPN and watch the pros deal with Murifield and one of the driest British Open courses you’ll ever see.

As for Greg Wilson, course manager at Cedar Creek, preparations for this year Greater City Championships couldn’t be going better.

“We are in pretty good shape, though the fairways are drying up a little bit because of the recent warm stretch,” Wilson said. “Overall, we’re in much better shape. We had a much spring for growing grass. It’s just a matter of doing some finishing touches to make sure we have the best course possible for the championships.”

Which is perfect, because the field that is set to compete this year should be one that produces some very exciting golf this weekend in the two-day tournament that kicks off on Saturday morning. According to Wilson, the lead-up to this year’s tournament has been even more exciting considering local golfers had a bit of extended wait to hit the links this year with the extended stay of winter and wetter start to spring.

“Last year, we had an early spring and actually opened up on the first day of March. This year, we actually opened up as late as we ever have,” Wilson said. “I think that only made the demand even greater among the golfers this year. A lot of them wanted to get out and get in as many rounds as possible. We’re seeing even busier rounds each day out here and our revenues have continued to stay up.”

Text Only
Sports
  • 0730 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth 14 All Stars Ottumwa Babe Ruth team dominates at state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa 14 Babe Ruth All-Stars team bore a striking resemblance to absolute domination at the state tournament in Ottumwa this season."The longest game we had was six innings," Conner Sheehan said. "We still 10-run ruled that team it ju

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Sports Fairfield baseball Hietpas photo Fairfield falls in nine to DCG in state quarterfinals DES MOINES – Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. Neither did the zeroes on the scoreboard that were being posted by his counterpart. Hietpas and D

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Shrine Bowl photo Bulldogs have fun at Shrine Bowl CEDAR FALLS — Ottumwa football coach Zach Pfantz had a blast serving as one of the coaches of the South team at the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI Dome Saturday. "It was a really awesome and wonderful experience and I was very thankful to ha

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Brok Hopwood mug Three Bulldogs chosen for all-district team OTTUMWA — Three Ottumwa Bulldogs and a slew of Twin Cedars players were selected for their respective Iowa High School All-District teams. The players named to all-district squads were chosen by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Th

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Albia baseball photo Baseball run wraps up a great year for Albia INDIANOLA — Brett Leshen walked into the dugout at Indianola High School’s baseball diamond, took off his Albia baseball jersey and headed up the hill to receive hugs from his family and friends, thus marking the end of a remarkable senior year, and

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0730 OTT Sports EBF softball trophy celebration photo EBF softball team brings trophy back from Fort Dodge EDDYVILLE — It may not have been the hardware the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team intended to come home with. But it was hardware. A trophy. An accomplishment no Rocket softball team had ever accomplished. That’s a feat that’s worth celebr

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament CLASS 1A Friday, July 25 Quarterfinals No. 2 Newman Catholic 7, No. 7 BGM 1 No. 6 Don Bosco 2, No. 8 Martensdale-St. Marys 1 Saturday, July 26 Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars 7, Underwood 0 No. 5 Gehlen Catholic 3, Lone Tree 0 Thursday, July 31 Semif

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth State Champs Ottumwa All-Star team advances to Midwest Regional OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa 15-year-old baseball all-star team captured the state championship thanks to an unbelievable pitching staff and near flawless defense. "Pitchers are really the strength of this team," Ottumwa coach Mike Budan said. "We have som

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Rylee Eakins photo New recruits bolster hopes for IHCC volleyball OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon feels confident she has an incoming recruiting class that will shore up some of the deficiencies of last year’s squad. Lyon has announced the addition of eight former Iowa high s

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 OTT Sports Scott Watson mug Sprint Speedweek starts Thursday on Knoxville

    Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop. Thursday night kicks off the 13th Annual Cox Design Iowa Speedweek for Sprint Cars, where there are nine nights of Sprint Car racing over 10 days scheduled between The Knoxville Raceway and The Southern Io

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook