Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Gibbens, Quick are tops in match play

Lutz wins Senior Men at The Valley Club

Two young golfers—Travis Gibbens and Kali Quick—and a retired guy named Bob Lutz-nabbed match play championships at The Valley Club north of Hailey last weekend.

Nampa-based golf shop assistant Gibbens ran the table through five opponents and won the Men's Division match play title of the Idaho Golf Association Match Play Tournament at The Valley Club.

Gibbens, out of Broadmore Country Club in Nampa, defeated Todd Points of Purple Sage Golf Course (Caldwell) 6&4 Sunday on a day of threatening weather that caused lightning-caused delays.

A 2002 state high school team champ representing Caldwell's Vallivue High School, Gibbens was a 3&2 winner over BanBury Golf Club golfer Darren Fletcher in the semi-finals earlier Sunday. Fletcher, a former Idaho state junior champ, is a University of Nevada-Reno student.

Gibbens also defeated Nick Travers of Indian Lakes Golf Course 2&1, Jeff Wong of Sun Valley 4&3 and Shane Newcomb of BanBury Golf Club 7&6 in earlier matches.

Wong was the only one of four local contestants in the men's group making it out of the first round. He defeated Dean Park of Crane Creek CC 3&2. Also competing were local golfers Carmen Bradley, Shawn Aicher and Matt Meador.

Todd Points of Purple Sage earned his men's finals berth with a 2&1 win over Marc Rhoades of McCall Golf Course Sunday morning. Rhoades won the IGA match play men's title two years ago.

In the eight-player women's field, former Skyview High School player Kali Quick of Boise's Shadow Valley GC took the place of Shadow Valley golf shop manager Jean Smith, the defending champion who happens to be a seven-time Rocky Mountain Section PGA "Player of the Year."

And Quick did quite well.

Quick defeated Hannah Venn 4&3, got past six-time IGA women's amateur queen Karen Darrington of BanBury 3&2 and, in Saturday's championship match, then beat Allison Travis of Banbury 4&3.

Meanwhile, former Ketchum resident Bob Lutz of Jerome Country Club earned his Senior Men's title 2&1 over Sun Valley's Nils Badenduck Saturday. Lutz, retired, is a two-time IGA Senior Amateur king. He also defeated Walter Littenberg of Sun Valley 1-up and charismatic Rolling Hills golfer Joe Malay 3&2.

Badenduck earned his finals berth with a 4&2 win over Dave Cropper of The Valley Club Saturday morning. Cropper started off with a 4&2 win over Dick Shelton of The Valley Club and Littenberg beat Ed Bartlett of BanBury 3&1 in other matches.

The men's division featured 32 of the top amateurs in the state and the women's and senior division were comprised of eight players. The par for all three divisions was 72.

Former champions in the 32-golfer men's field included Tyson McFarland of Rexburg (2004), Marc Rhoades of McCall (2003), and Brett Smith of Boise (2002).

The tournament consisted of Friday's 18-hole stroke play seeding rounds, plus Saturday's second-round men's matches along with Senior Men's and Ladies finals, and Sunday's men's semi-finals and finals.

Senior Men played from the Black Tees at 6,727 yards and Senior Women from the Whites at 5,843. The Men's Division played from the Gold Tees covering 7,121 yards.

Next up at The Valley Club is The President's Cup two-day tournament for men and women Friday and Saturday, June 10-11.

Rounding out the IGA summer tournament schedule:

The IGA Women's Amateur June 23-25 at SpurWing CC in Meridian; the IGA Men's Amateur July 8-10 at Canyon Springs GC in Twin Falls; the IGA Men's and Women's Senior Amateur Aug. 6-7 at Purple Sage GC in Caldwell; the IGA Men's Amateur II Aug. 13-14 at Quail Hollow GC in Boise; and the IGA Tournament of Champions Oct. 1-2 at Sun Valley.

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