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State Senior Match Plays semifinals are set

Fort Dodge’s Sergeant stays alive on championship side

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Dave Sergeant of Fort Dodge rolls in a putt during the Iowa Golf Association Senior Match Play quarterfinals at the Country Club on Friday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

The semifinals are set at the Iowa Golf Association Senior Match Play championships, held this week at the Fort Dodge Country Club.

Fort Dodge’s Dave Sergeant has advanced to join Ankeny’s Jay Slings, Tom Norton of Muscatine, and Gene Elliott of West Des Moines in the final four of the championship bracket. Slings will face Norton beginning at 7:30 a.m., while Sergeant tees off with Elliott at 7:45. Both matches will be Saturday morning.

Sergeant, seeded third overall, moved into the semis on Friday afternoon by defeating Thomas Fetter of Manchester (2 and 1), Ron Peterson of Urbandale (1 up), and Joe Bates of Albia (5 and 4).

Elliott is the No. 2 seed, and Norton is seeded fourth. The 16th-seeded Slings ousted top overall seed Joe Palmer of West Des Moines, 1 up, before knocking off Gowrie’s Tom Schill in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2.

Joel Yunek of Mason City, a native of Lake City, was eliminated by Elliott in the quarterfinals.

Palmer carded a four-under par 67 in the qualifying round on Thursday at the FDCC, which established the brackets. Elliott had a 68, while Sergeant fired a 69.

The championship will be played on Saturday afternoon.

John Brooke of Davenport meets Edwin Evans of Ankeny in the presidents braket finals.

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