SIOUX CITY | Bret Taylor and Bill Mathers collected championships at the Jividen Cup, a two-day golf event which concluded Sunday at the Sioux City Country Club.
Seeded 14th heading into the event, Taylor emerged as a champion. So did Mathers, the top-seeded golfer in the Leo Division, which was held for players 50 years of age and older.
Taylor had posted a 2&1 victory over two-time defending champion Corey Matthey in Saturday’s quarterfinals and continued his strong play on Sunday.
Taylor opened with a 5&4 semifinal victory over Mike Moody, which set up a championship match against Will Andersen. Taylor defeated Anderson, a 7&6 winner over Matt Young, in 19 holes.
Mathers, meanwhile, was the top seed and a first-round bye recipient. Mathers defeated Tom Ward 3&2 and in another semifinal, second-seeded Jeff Donaldson defeated Sam Prue, 6&4.
Mathers repeated as the Leo Division champion with a 2&1 win over Donaldson.
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.
Members of the Jividen family were on hand to present the eventual winners the coveted Jividen Cup.