SIOUX CITY – Two-time defending champion Corey Matthey will begin his quest for a three-peat in the Jividen Cup Match Play Tournament against Ryan Brun at Sioux City Country Club.
Matthey, a Sergeant Bluff resident and Morningside College golfer, was awarded the No. 1 seed by virtue of his second consecutive victory in this event last year at Dakota Dunes Country Club. Matthey is also closing in on his third straight Sioux City Journal Siouxland Player of the Year award, leading the season-long point standings heading into the final event.
Colin Mitchell, the recently crowned Men’s City champion, is the No. 2 seed and will play Matt Young in the opening round. Bruns and Young, along with Mike Moody and C.J. Perera, earned the final four spots in the 16-man field through qualifying.
The other 12 spots were determined by the Player of the Year points standings, as well as availability of players to compete. A noted absence this week is Adam Fields, a three-time ‘major’ winner this season who is unable to play because of work commitments. Fields is second in the point standings behind Matthey.
The Jividen Cup is named after the late Mike and Leo Jividen. Mike Jividen, who lived in South Sioux City, was widely known as the best match play competitor this area has ever produced. He won the Sioux Valley Amateur – Iowa’s oldest match play tournament – a record seven times.
The first group, Matthey against Bruns and Bret Taylor vs. Brian Evans, tees off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sioux City Country Club, which is hosting the event for the first time. First and second-round matches will be played Saturday and the championship match in each division will be Sunday at 9 and 9:10 a.m., respectively.
Players 50 years of age and older compete in the Leo Division. Defending champion Bill Mathers is the No. 1 seed and drew a bye into the second round, where he will play either Jim LeMoine or M.L. Petersen.
Jeff Donaldson, the Player of the Year Senior Division points leader, is the No. 2 seed and also drew a first-round bye. Donaldson will meet the winner of a match between Tracey Ginger and Brent Weitzel.
As always, members of the Jividen family will be on hand to present the eventual winners the coveted Jividen Cup.