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Powell earns top 15 finish at Northwest Amateur

August 06, 2020 8:59am

A 5-under-par 67 on Saturday highlighted a strong showing by Joe Powell at the Northwest Amateur Golf Tournament at Spencer Golf & Country Club over the weekend.

Powell, the men’s golf coach at BVU, finished tied for 12th in the 374-player field. His rounds included an opening 70 on Thursday, followed by the 67, a round highlighted with three consecutive birdies following the turn. Powell, who also serves as general manager for Buena Vista University Golf Course at Lake Creek, shot 77-74 on Sunday.

“I hadn’t played 36 holes, competitively, in one day during the past four years,” says Powell, who finished at even par. “It was tough mentally, and they had us tipped out (on the tees), but it was a great experience.”

A pair of par 3s on the back Sunday played from 237 yards and 257 yards, respectively.

Powell led a contingent of local golfers at the event, a group that included Tom James (who finished 14th in the Senior Division), Mark Henningsen, Andrew Zinn, Noah Paper, Steve Berg, Jim Nurse, and Josh McCormick.

Former Buena Vista University men’s golf coach, Brett Benson, of Bird Island, Minn., finished runner-up to champion Jon Olson, of Ankeny, who shot 13-under par.

Powell says it was great to have a strong continent from BVU Lake Creek as many golfers from Spencer and throughout Northwest Iowa supported the rebirth of the Lake Creek Amateur held at the end of May.

“It was neat to see so many familiar faces, guys who played in the Lake Creek Amateur this spring,” says Powell. “It was also nice for me to see how the staff in Spencer organizes a huge tournament like the Northwest Iowa Amateur. I didn’t hear any complaints from anyone the whole weekend.”

Zinn, assistant men’s golf coach at BVU, has been around the Northwest Amateur for years as his father, Bill Zinn, serves as tourney director.

“After seeing how it all runs, it’s definitely possible, and a goal of mine, to attract more golfers to the Lake Creek Amateur in 2021. At the Northwest Iowa Amateur, for example, golf begins on Thursday and golfers play three of four days. They run tee times from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., to get everyone through. They’re moving everything all day long.”