Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hamblin closes out IGA match play victory

At The Valley Club

A state high school golf champ for Twin Falls High two years ago, Jordan Hamblin came up to The Valley Club and won Sunday's Idaho Golf Association match play championship 7&6 over Chris Reinke.

Hamblin, son of Idaho golf pro Mike Hamblin who is now playing golf for Odessa College in West Texas, won four matches. That includes the final over Reinke, 32, from North Fremont in eastern Idaho, who was the Memphis Tigers' first-ever golf signee from Idaho.

In preliminary matches, Hamblin defeated Tanner Higham 2&1 and beat Will Higham and Jesse Hibler 1-up, then eliminated Matt McPhie 3&2 in Sunday's semi-final. McPhie won consolation honors over Nick Higham.

Winning the Ladies competition was Kareen Markle, 49, of Meridian, a mother of three and former California All-State basketball player. She defeated Michelle Gooding 5&4 in the final. Senior Men's winner was Gordon Barry of Twin Falls 1-up over Norris Dancer.

A total 42 golfers enjoyed a beautiful early-summer weekend. Stroke play seeding occurred Friday morning and first-round matches were Friday afternoon. Women's and Senior Men's finals were Saturday. Second- and third-round matches for the men were played Saturday, with semi-finals, consolation and championship matches Sunday.

In Senior Men, local golfers Tim Jeneson (81 in qualifying) and Chuck Conn (79) each won a quarterfinal match.

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