Monticello makes early lead stand to capture EIGA title


The EIGA champion Monticello men’s golf team, first row from left: Jacob Bergman, Gannon Hall, Evan Felton, Chance Manternach and Dustin Hall. Second row: Mike Wennekamp, Matt Wennekamp, Justin Recker, Aaron Prull, Seth Ballou, Chad Norton and Phil McDonald. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Chance Manternach follows through on a tee shot for Monticello Sunday.
GOLF
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello’s mix of youth and experience, a quick start, and the home course advantage added up to a team championship in the 74th annual Eastern Iowa Golf Association Tournament Aug. 14-15.

     Monticello jumped out to a 16-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Solon on Saturday, and maintained it to win by 17. Monticello finished with a team score of 1481, Solon was second with 1498, and Mount Vernon took third with 1513.

     It was Monticello’s first championship since the last time it hosted the EIGA tournament, in 2011.

     Solon’s Josh Downham won the individual title by one stroke, with a 141.

     Chance Manternach, who shot a sizzling 63 on Saturday and wound up second individually, said winning the title “feels awesome.

     “Everybody just grinded. And the team camaraderie (helped), for sure. Everybody likes everybody, and everybody’s rooting for each other.”

     Gannon Hall, nephew of longtime Monticello pillar Dustin Hall, shot 142 to finish tied with Manternach, and wound up third through a cardback tie-breaker. He said he was proud to be part of the winning team.

     “It means a lot, being my first year,” Gannon Hall said. “It was really fun today.”

     Asked about the reasons for the team’s victory, he said, “Obviously the home course advantage, for one, but we’ve also got a great group of guys.”

     Dustin Hall said he wasn’t surprised by the team’s victory.

     “We’ve got a lot of good, young talent,” he said. “We’re very competitive.”

     Adding to the excitement for Monticello was a hole in one, shot by Evan Felton, on the sixth hole Saturday. He used a 4-iron.

     “It felt pretty good,” Felton said of his shot, adding that he didn’t see it go in the hole. “I had a good feeling that if it wasn’t short, it was in.”

 

Aug. 14-15

(at Monticello G.C.)

EIGA Men’s

Golf Tournament

TEAM CARDS

     1, Monticello 1481; 2, Solon 1498; 3, Mount Vernon 1513; 4, Dyersville 1555; 5, Anamosa 1559; 6, Tipton 1601; 7, West Liberty 1597; 8 (tie), Bellevue 1614 and Wahkonsa 1614.

MONTICELLO CARDS

     Chance Manternach 63-79–142 (runner-up), Gannon Hall 67-75–142 (third place), Dustin Hall 71-72–143 (fifth place), Seth Ballou 70-76–146, Mike Wennekamp 73-75–148, Aaron Prull 75-76–151, Chad Norton 76-76–152, Evan Felton 73-79–152, Justin Recker 79-75–154, Jacob Bergman 78-78–156, Phil McDonald 78-80–158, Matt Wennekamp 80-80–160.

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE

     1, Josh Downham, Solon, 141; 2, Chance Manternach, Monticello, 63-79–142; 3, Gannon Hall, Monticello, 67-75–142; 4, Matt Sanders, Wahkonsa, 143; 5, Dustin Hall, Monticello, 143. (Ties were broken through cardback tie-breaker.)

     

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