CHEROKEE, Iowa – Nick Dreckman of Le Mars, Iowa, has taken over the lead with two days remaining in qualifying for the 84th annual Sioux Valley Amateur Match Play Championship at Cherokee Golf Course.
Dreckman shot the low round of 2-under-par 70 in the race for the $250 cash prize awarded to the qualifying medalist. Qualifying rounds continue through Friday, with the final 18-hole rounds eligible to tee off no later than 1 p.m. and nine-hole rounds at 3 o’clock.
Past champions James DeVos and Matt Pitts of Cherokee each posted 71, as did Charles Horton of Storm Lake, Iowa. Cushing, Iowa, resident Bill Mathers, another past winner, matched par with 72 along with Colin Mitchell of Sioux City and Ryan Feauto of Carroll, Iowa.
Next in line for coveted spots in the championship flight for Saturday and Sunday’s match play competition is Adam Hart of Spencer, Iowa, who shot 73, Dave Greenwood of Omaha, who shot 74, and Tyler Danke of Sioux City with 75.
Doug Boever of Remsen, Iowa, is the only player to post a 76, while Zach Mathers of Sioux Falls, Kurt Clabaugh of Cherokee, Jason Spooner of Cherokee, Austin Sweeney of Sutherland, Iowa, Kyle Mallory of Holstein, Iowa, Curt Johnson of Cherokee and Tyler Wendt of Schaller, Iowa, each shot 77.
Those who qualify for the championship and first flights will play 18-hole matches this weekend, while the remaining flights are nine-hole matches.
Corey Matthey of Sergeant Bluff is the defending champion.