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Yunek, Kesterson win FD Am titles

June 24, 2012

Joel Yunek may have Mason City as his place of residence now.

But at heart, he will always be a Lake City boy.

Yunek fired a closing round 71 to claim the Fort Dodge Amateur senior division title Sunday at the Fort Dodge Country Club. Tanner Kesterson earned the open division title by six strokes over Justin Schulte and Mike Slavin.

With the win, Yunek becomes a three-time champion, adding to titles in 2004 and '05 to his collection.

"I've struggled so much with my swing this year, and have been hitting so many shanks, that I had to go to a cut swing," said Yunek, who will celebrate his 40-year high school reunion from Lake City High School next week. "I played some of the best golf that I have all season over these past three days, and that is the God's honest truth. I don't know what it is about this course, but I love playing it; it's not one of my favorite courses to play, it is my favorite course to play."

Yunek, who delivered copies of The Messenger during his younger days, had three birdies over the final round to help off-set three bogeys.

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Final Results

(Par 71-71-71-213)

Open Division

Tanner Kesterson 69-66-71-206

Justin Schulte 68-73-71-212

Mike Slavin 72-69-71-212

Michael Wetrich 71-73-70-214

Ryan Kinseth 74-72-69-215

Jeff Panek 70-70-75-215

Brian Allison 73-67-75-215

Colin Pearson 73-69-73-215

Cory Braunschweig 71-70-75-216

Waller Blake 68-74-75-217

Patrick Hall 72-72-74-218

Tanner Ludwig 70-74-74-218

Andrew Huseman 69-74-75-218

Tyler Christians 74-73-73-220

Luke Essing 74-76-70-220

Kyler Ludwig 73-73-74-220

Connor Peck 72-75-73-220

Austin Morrow 75-74-72-221

Nate Schill 70-77-74-221

Etahn Meehling 77-72-72-221

Matt Mickelson 73-74-75-222

Matt Gute 75-73-74-222

Matt Gatchell 73-71-79-223

Kevin Ault 73-76-74-223

Matthew Kristensen 73-73-77-223

Neil Doak 74-74-76-224

Tyler Smith 71-76-78-225

Lucas Peed 72-73-81-226

Matt Ohl 71-76-79-226

Nick Johnson 76-74-77-227

Luke Monson 79-69-80-228

Griffin Mathias 74-75-81-230

Ron Schrimper 75-76-79-230

Chad Wood 72-77-81-230

Braxton Risetter 74-77-79-230

Collin Hackett 75-77-80-232

Senior Division

Joel Yunek 70-70-71-211

Bill Manske 73-70-70-213

Dave Sergeant 70-71-73-214

Jim Curell 73-69-75-217

Ned Palmer 76-71-72-219

Sam Aossey 74-75-72-221

Andy Burton 78-71-74-223

Todd Hintgen 72-75-78-225

Tom Sandie 71-79-76-226

Steve Larson 76-75-76-227

Tony Malizia 78-74-76-228

Tom Schill 76-75-77-228

Tim Taylor 74-78-77-229

Ron Peterson 71-79-79-229

Tom Kristensen 78-73-78-229

Phil Joselyn 74-75-80-229

Dave Hanson 76-76-79-231

Bruce Grenier 80-72-80-232

Playing partners Bill Manske, Dave Sergeant and Jim Curell finished right behind Yunek on the day. Manske carded the low round score for the seniors, finishing with a one-under 70.

"I just tried to keep up with Bill, Dave and Jim," Yunek said. "They are all such great players, and you have to be on top of your game to play with them."

Kesterson, who will be returning to Stillwater, Okla. for his sophomore year at Oklahoma State University later this fall, played smooth golf all day, registering a 71. As a freshman at OSU, Kesterson saw action in 13 rounds of golf, including a sixth place finish at the Aggie Invitational and was on the NCAA regional team.

"I just want to thank my family for being here," said Kesterson, who hails from Texas, but spends his summers in Fort Dodge with family members. "The course was in great condition (all weekend), and that is a credit to everyone that works on it."

Behind Schulte and Slavin were Michael Wetrich, Ryan Kinseth, Jeff Panek, Brian Allison, Colin Pearson, Cory Braunschweig and Waller Blake to complete the top-10.

Kinseth, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, fired the low round of the day, carding a 69. He had birdies on No. 4 and No. 6, before finishing with three more birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 17.

Wetrich, a member of the University of Northern Iowa golf team, and Luke Essing were the only other golfers to record rounds under par, firing 70s.

Kesterson, Pearson, Panek, Curell and several others are all entered in the 24th Iowa Match Play Championship, which begins today and runs through Thursday in Waterloo at the Sunnyside Country Club.



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