County Golf Countdown: Elite group rules women’s open

-messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The women’s open-division competition in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota County golf tournament has produced its fair share of impressive championship scores and reigns.

From 1993-97, Fort Dodge Senior High standout Stacey Bergman – who later played for both the University of Iowa and University of Tennessee – had a stronghold on the championship. Bergman never shot above 155 during her run.

Next was Roxanne Kuhlman, who reeled off three consecutive wins from 2000-02. Kuhlman was also city queen in 1991 and 1998.

Stef Nelson followed Kuhlman’s stretch with three straight titles of her own from 2003-05. Heather Frye, a former Dodger teammate of Nelson, did the same from 2006-09.

Kelsey Faiferlick pieced together the best stretch of them all, securing seven consecutive crowns from 2011-17. Delaney Conrad, a Southeast Valley High standout, took over the top spot last summer in a true changing of the guard.

Only three women’s champs have shot above 165 in the two-day event since its inception in 1991. Long story short, if a player wants the trophy, she better bring her A-game.

On-line registration for the July 13 and 14 tournament, sponsored by The Messenger, is set up for all tournament participants this year at https://fdcc-2019citytournament1.golfgenius.com. Click on the “Register Now For 2019 City Tournament” tab on the bottom left-hand side of the page.

The men’s open and senior division fields are asked to visit Lakeside (515-576-6741) with questions, concerns or if help is needed signing up. The women should go to the Country Club (515-955-8551).

Nearly 8,000 golfers have participated in this event since The Messenger obtained sponsorship in 1980.